THE HONORABLE RYAN D. MCCARTHY
Secretary of the Army
Minister Blaszczak thank you for welcoming me during these unprecedented times. Despite our ongoing challenges, we must remain focused on the defense of our Nations across several fronts.
The United States and Poland have a long-standing and enduring defense relationship. Over time, our shared history of military cooperation, collaborative partnerships, and continued commitment to the NATO Alliance has strengthened security in the region.
Although the COVID-19 Pandemic altered our Defender 20 Series, our Armies, in concert with other allies and partners, were able to safely and successfully execute portions of the exercise, while increasing our mutual readiness.
I would be remiss not to congratulate President Duda on his re-election. He most recently visited the U.S. and reaffirmed the vital alliance between our nations.
Year over year, our relationship continues to evolve into an ironclad partnership.
With a shared goal of increasing U.S. and Polish security and that of the region, the leaders of these two great nations signed two joint declarations last year underscoring our shared values and how we will deepen our defense. And we look forward to signing more declarations in the future.
The U.S. military presence in Poland strengthens NATO deterrence and contributes to security in the region. Enhancing that presence would ensure democracy, freedom, and respect for sovereignty.
Polish support for NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence is critical and sends a clear message: the NATO Allies stand united and determined to defend NATO territory and deter aggression from adversaries.
A deeper, more collaborative U.S.-Poland security partnership is critical in meeting current security threats and challenges.
As the United States continues to work with our Polish allies to find new ways to strengthen U.S.-Polish defense relations, NATO unity, and transatlantic security, we look forward to the continued friendship with our Polish Army counterparts today, and for years to come. Thank you.