September 24, 2016 | Events, Select Work | TPF Staff

Implementing the NATO Warsaw Summit: Defending the Baltic Region

Started in 1974, the 26th Security Workshop was focused on learning lessons from the Russo-Ukrainian War and their implications for Baltic Security.



The European-American Security Workshops bring together political leaders, military commanders and defense experts with the purpose of:


  • Identifying emerging challenges;
  • Discussing issues of common concern, collective strategies and future options;
  • Creating an opportunity for a candid exchange of views and a sense of community.



Working Session 1: Russian Challenge to Baltic Security                                                            

  Chair: Jānis Karlsbergs, Undersecretary of State and Policy Director, Latvian Ministry of Defense


Lessons Learned for Baltic Security from the Russo-Ukrainian War

Phillip Karber, President, The Potomac Foundation ltv


Russian Vulnerabilities: Lessons Learned from Combat Operations in the Donbas

Viktor Bokiy, Chief of Main Operational Department (J-3) and Deputy Chief of Ukrainian

General Staff

Early TRADOC Findings and Recommendations  Regarding the Russian Threat

Ricky Waddell, Commanding General, 76th ORC

The Kaliningrad Enclave: Strategic Implications

Jacek Bartosiak and Phillip Petersen, The Potomac Foundation


Working Session 2: NATO Recognition and Response

Chair: Jeppe Trautner, Royal Danish Defense College

Russian Threat and US Response

Laura Potter, OF-5, U.S. Army, J-2 EUCOM

 ARRC and NATO Rapid Reinforcement

Paul Tennant, Allied Rapid Reaction Corps

Seeking Defense Rationalization in Host Nation Support

Svein Efjestad, Director for Policy, Norwegian Defence Ministry

Poland’s Contribution

Tomasz Szatkowski, Undersecretary of State, Polish Defense Ministry






Working Session 3: Building Baltic Self-Defence Capabilities

Chair: Andis Dilāns,  Commandant  of the Baltic Defence College


Marijus Velička, Vice Minister of Defense, Lithuanian Ministry of Defense

Maximizing Deterrence in NATO Deployment Patterns

Jānis Garisons, State Secretary, Latvian Ministry of Defense

Mobilization & Sustainability

Jonatan Vseviov, Secretary General, Estonian Ministry of Defense


Key Note Address     Frederick Hodges, Commanding  General, United States Army/Europe


Working Session 4: Russia’s Strategic and Operational Vulnerabilities

Chair: Jānis Sārts, Director, NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence

Déjà Vu: How the Soviet Views on European Security Portend Putin’s Plans

Reiner Huber, University of the Bundeswehr and Phillip Petersen, The Potomac Foundation

Russia’s Fragile Economy: Impact of Sanctions

Peter Halpin, President, World Resources Company

Reflexive Control in Russian Policies and Operational Planning

Natalya Anfilofyeva, The Potomac Foundation


Working Session 5: Partner Contributions

Chair: Johan Lagerlöf, Policy Director, Swedish Ministry of Defence

 Contributions by NATO Partners

Michael Claesson, Swedish Armed Forces

Reform of the Ukrainian Armed Forces as Security Guarantee

Leonid Holopatiuk, LTG and Chief of Main Department of Military Cooperation and Peacekeeping Operations, Ukrainian General Staff
Closing Remarks

In Search of a Long-Term NATO Strategy for Regional Security

Phillip Karber, President of The Potomac Foundation

On Implementing the Warsaw Summit in NATO Strategy

Jānis Garisons, State Secretary, Latvian Ministry of Defense