At the Warsaw National Stadium last week – site of last year’s NATO Summit – a wargame took place organised by the Casimir Pulaski Foundation and the Potomac Foundation. Using the latter’s proprietary HEGEMON simulation software, the four-day exercise sought to, “assist in the development of a regional and NATO accepted understanding of the nature of the Russian military threat to the Baltic States and Poland.”
According to the Pulaski Foundation, the Baltic States and Sweden are already using the HEGEMON Baltic Campaign to identify possible responses to Russian aggression in the region. High profile players in the January event included Gen. Philip Breedlove, who served as NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe 2013-2016 and Dr. Phillip Karber, President of the Potomac Foundation and a prominent expert on the Russian military.
Earlier in the month another exercise – this time based on paper maps – took place with participation by RAND Corporation and members of the US Congress. Official reaction from Moscow has been muted, but warnings have appeared in the Russian press that the West should not indulge in, “pseudo-analyses about any hypothetical Russian attacks on Europe.”
Results of the Warsaw wargame are to be included in a report for Polish Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz and Deputy Minister Tomasz Szatkowski, who oversees Poland’s Strategic Defence Review.