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Session 2: Battle Ready?

11th February 2014
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 11:15 - 12:00 - Session 2: Battle Ready? As Poland’s military strategy shifts from overseas adventures toward security at home, the defense ministry says it will spend more than PLN 8 billion on a general modernization of the army this year, the highest amount in the last two decades. Meanwhile, plans call for expenditures of PLN 131 billion over the next decade to replace outdated weaponry. The purchases are set to include tanks, a missile-defense system, ships for the navy, tanks, military training aircraft, helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles and modern equipment for ground troops. Do the figures add up, and what do industry experts think of the modernization program? 

Adam Bergmann, Marek Matraszek, Krzysztof Krystowski

At the session: Adam Bergmann, COO, IN2KNO Ltd.; Krzysztof Krystowski, former head, Polish Defence Holding; Marek Matraszek, founding partner CEC Government Relations.

 

Adam Bergmann is Chief Operating Officer of IT security firm IN2KNO Ltd., focused on providing top-class cybersecurity solutions. He has been in Central and Eastern Europe for almost 20 years. As the co-founder and managing director of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) aerospace, defense and security (ADS) advisory practice, he served as financial adviser to the Polish Government on the biggest Aerospace sector transaction in Central Europe in 2009, and on the restructuring of the largest Polish defense sector company. He also served as the Director of the Polish F-16 office for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company. As the Senior Expatriate representative leading the office he was directly involved in the largest defense product sale in Central & Eastern Europe – the procurement of 48 F-16 aircraft by the Government of Poland. He managed key projects within the world’s largest Offset program associated with the countertrade requirements for the F-16 program. He has also been a director in the Canadian-Polish Chamber of Commerce, and previously served as a commercial officer at the Canadian Embassy in Warsaw, developing trade and investment, helping businesses succeed in Poland and lobbying the Polish Government. Educated in Canada, Poland and the UK, he holds a Masters degree from the London School of Economics specializing in Political and Economic Transformation of Central & East European countries, and an B.A from University of Guelph (Canada) in International Relations Political Science.

 

Marek Matraszek is founding partner in consultancy CEC. Matraszek specializes in designing and implementing strategic communications and lobbying campaigns for major US, UK and European multinationals in Poland, and advising on their political strategy in the Central European region as a whole. Although his experience stretches across most industrial sectors, he has a special expertise in defense, aviation and energy, and currently advises Lockheed Martin and a number of other Western defense companies in Poland. Marek has also written widely on Polish and international affairs for publications such as Poland Monthly, Warsaw Business Journal, The Spectator and Wall Street Journal Europe, and has published a study of the Polish political scene, The Politics of Restoration. He is a regular commentator on Polish politics for Polish Radio, the BBC, CNN, CNBC and Al-Jazeera television. He is an active blogger on strategic defense, energy and political issues in Central Europe, at www.fromthefront.net. Born in the UK in 1962, he studied at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he graduated in Philosophy, Politics and Economics in 1984. Following a year in Poland teaching at the Catholic University of Lublin, he returned to Oxford to obtain a Master's degree in Russian and East European Studies in 1987. He then continued his studies at Oxford, reading for a doctoral dissertation. Matraszek moved to Poland in 1990 as a freelance political consultant, and worked closely with both the British Conservative Party and the US Republican Party in assisting their activities in Central Europe. In 1992 he was appointed to represent the Margaret Thatcher Foundation in the region, and today represents Conservatives Abroad in Poland.

 


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