January 27, 2017
The US-based research firm Potomac Foundation and Poland’s Casimir Pulaski Foundation teamed up this week to simulate a full-scale war scenario with Russia, based on a hypothetical Russian attack on the Baltic states. Using the Hegemon computer-based simulation platform, the wargames were sponsored by Western and Polish defense [war and weapons] companies.
The wargames, which took place this week between Monday and Thursday at the Warsaw National Stadium – the site of the NATO summit in last July, were sponsored by the US defense [war and weapons] companies Raytheon, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, as well as Sweden’s Saab and the Polish defense company Polski Holding Obronny.
A virtual who’s-who of anti-Russian officials were in attendance, including former NATO Forces in Europe commander Philip Breedlove, Polish Deputy Defense Minister Tomasz Szatkowski, and Potomac Foundation president Phillip Karber.
Defiantly demonstrating that nothing has changed since President Donald Trump’s election, organizers of the wargames told Gazeta Wyborcza that the games were held “to help the West understand the essence of the military threat from Russia.”
According to the Casimir Pulaski Foundation’s description of the event, the computer simulation, codenamed Hegemon Baltic Campaign, was used “to identify force structure and defense planning requirements for defeating Russian General Staff plans for the occupation of the Baltic States.” Intriguingly, the wargames also played upon supposed Russian efforts to ensure “the disintegration of the European Union and NATO.”
The simulation’s findings are being compiled into a report that will be handed over to Poland’s Ministry of Defense.Last year, Karber, serving as a consultant to the Latvian Defense Ministry at the time, suggested that the Baltic states would have a good chance to defend against a Russian attack due to their swamps and narrow roads.
Earlier this month, another simulation was held by US lawmakers, this one also featuring a hypothetical invasion of the Baltic states by Russia. The paper map-based simulation was attended by members of Congress and experts from the RAND Corporation, as well as Estonian officials.
In recent years, US analysts have warned repeatedly that Russia could take over the Baltics in a matter of days, if not hours. Moscow, for its part, has repeatedly questioned the logic of such analyses, asking what reason Russia could possibly have in invading members of the NATO alliance and starting World War III. Russian military experts and officials have also urged Western officials not to create “pseudo-analyses” about any hypothetical Russian attack on Europe.
This is the description of the Potomac Foundation from its website. The founders are long-standing “defense” contractors, initially involved helping the US military in missiles and radiation physics. This description below truly turns language inside out:
About The Potomac Foundation
The Potomac Foundation is an independent nonprofit research organization dedicated to improving the quality of public discourse and national policy formulation.
It was endowed in 1988 by the three founders of the BDM Corporation — Drs. Bernie Dunn, Dan McDonald and Joseph Braddock — to continue the tradition of public service.
During its first quarter century the Potomac Foundation made major efforts in the areas of Post-Cold War Defense Economics, National Industrial Competitiveness and China’s Military Rise. For two decades it assisted the nations of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union to become integrated with the West through preparation and entry into NATO, organized over one thousand training sessions for leaders from those countries, as well as hosted more than a dozen congressional visits to the region.
In its work, the Potomac Foundation engages key decision-makers from the U.S. Congress, officials from the Department of Defense and other Executive Branch agencies, and representatives from allied foreign governments.
The Potomac Foundation experts design and conduct strategic exercises and simulations for government and private clients; host closed and public workshops, conferences and meetings; publish reports and policy briefs; testify before congressional committees; and offer analyses and commentary to news media outlets in the United States and globally.
The Potomac Foundation is financed by an endowment, contributions and foundation grants