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#Poland to boost its national defense through 139 billion-zloty modernization programme

#Poland to boost its national defense through 139 billion-zloty modernization programme

WARSAW — Poland’s shift in defense priorities away from foreign missions and toward national security will turn the spotlight on mobility and firepower for the land forces. This is reflected in the military’s 139 billion-zloty (US $44.7 billion) modernization program, which will be implemented from now until 2022. President Bronislaw Komorowski announced the shift Aug. 15 during Polish Armed Forces’ Day, saying that he and the government will refocus military priorities away from involvement in conflicts such as Afghanistan and Iraq, where Polish troops were deployed. The aim is to pursue a defense policy that will “not exceed Polish capacities, Polish interests and Polish needs,” Komorowski said. “[We want to] end an overzealous, reckless ... expeditionary policy of sending our troops to the other side of the world,” the president was quoted as saying by local news agency...

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