Poland’s new East Shield plan mixes modern ISR with old-school physical barriers

May 29, 2024

Breaking Defense

WARSAW — On May 18, Poland’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk made the first mention of a program codenamed “East Shield,” a massive zł10 billion (over $2.55 billion) investment in strengthening the physical border with Belarus and Russia.

“We’ll make the Polish border secure in peacetime and impassable for the enemy in wartime,” Tusk said. “We do this to deter the enemy. So that all those who wish Poland ill, all those who plan an attack, an aggression against our allies or against our country … stay away from Poland! Poland is strong, Poland will be safe thanks to its own actions and thanks to its own allies.”

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