By PATRICK STEPHENSONBRUSSELS –The Public Safety Communication Europe (PSCE) forum of public safety organizations, based here, signed a deal with the “3rd Generation Partnership Project” (3GPP), the body that sets global mobile broadband and wireless telecommunication standards. PSCE is now a ‘market representation partner’ within 3GPP. With the agreement, it can now suggest recommendations to 3GPP regarding matters of public protection and disaster relief (PPDR).What may seem like an acronym love-fest actually has important implications for...Read More »
By BROOKS TIGNERBRUSSELS – National foreign affairs and defence ministers jointly approved on 14 November a sweeping new plan to implement the EU’s June 2016 Global Strategy on security and defence. The 31-page document, presented by Federica Mogherini, the EU’s security and defence policy chief, sets out concisely worded, if complex, goals and deadlines for their detailed proposals in 2017.Coinciding closely with the election of a potentially isolationist Donald Trump as the next US president, the plan’s thrust and timing would appear to suggest a reaction to that, but it has been in the making for at least a year. Even so, if implemented as desired, the Global Strategy could set Europe on the path to a certain degree of strategic autonomy vis-à-vis NATO. More important, it could boost...Read More »
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Will Poland create a “territorial” defence force – or will its role be as guardian of the country’s conservative political revolution?
BRUSSELS – The radical change in the Central Europe’s security environment resulting from Russia’s aggressive policy and military build-up has forced the region’s countries to seriously rethink their defence posture – and Poland is at the forefront of this shift.Warsaw has not only increased its defence spending from 1.95 percent of GDP to 2 percent, but the country’s new right-conservative government has launched a programme to create a Territorial Defence Force (TDF). How this force might be used raises some serious concerns in policy circles.Territorial defence as a concept has always hovered in Poland but...Read More »
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