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March 20 – 22

2019

Vilnius

20 March

Military Academy, Silo 5, Vilnius

Time

Event

Event

Time

 

Baltic Military Conference

   

1200 - 1300

Registration

   

1300 - 1700

Baltic Military Conference

   

1700- 1800

Break

Break

 

1800-2100

Dinner

 

21 March

Military Academy, Silo 5, Vilnius

Time

Event

Event

Time

0830 -16.30

Baltic Military Conference

Crisis Scenario based discussion ”MIRROR”

1000 - 1820

1630

Ocean 2020

“Strategy for Securing Democracy Against Hybrid War”

(lecture/discussion)

1000-1130

   

I Round

1130-1330

   

Lunch

1330- 1430

   

II Round

1430-1700

   

Transfer to conference Hall

1700-1720

   

Debrief/Press Conference

1720-1820

 

Dinner

1820-1910

 

Night Owl session

“Baltic Security Policy”

1910 - 2030

 

 

22 March

Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania, Gedimino Ave 53, Vilnius

Time

Event

Event

Time

0900 -17.00

Western Readiness to Answer Russia’s Hybrid Warfare

Press Conference

1000 1100

 

 

 

 

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Learning to Defend: Adapting Western Experiences in the Baltics

 

Draft programme

Day 1: Wednesday, 20 March 2019

11:00-11:50 Registration

11:50-12:00 Introduction

 

Colonel (ret.) Vaidotas MALINIONIS, Managing Director, National Defence Foundation

12:00            Session 1: Welcoming remarks

Chair Prof. Dr. Jūratė NOVAGROCKIENĖ, Vice-Rector for Studies and Research, General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania

Mr. Raimundas KAROBLIS, Minister of National Defence, Republic of Lithuania

Colonel Juozas KAČERGIUS, Commandant, General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania

Major General Vitalijus VAIKŠNORAS, Chief, Defence Staff of the Lithuanian Armed Forces

12:30            Session 2: Keynote address

Chair Assoc. Prof. Dr. Deividas ŠLEKYS, General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania / Vilnius University

Lieutenant General (ret.) Ben HODGES, Pershing Chair in Security Studies, Center for European Policy Analysis

 

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March 20 – 22

2019

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21 March

Military Academy, Silo 5, Vilnius

20-10 – 2130 Night owl session

Topic:

Common Security Policy for the Baltic Sea Countries

Moderator:

Dr. Margarita ŠEŠELGYTĖ, Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Studies Director (Lithuania)

Panel:

Lieutenant General (Ret.) Ben HODGES, Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA), Expert, Former Commander of United States Army Europe (USA)

Mrs. Anna WIESLANDER, Swedish Defence Association, Secretary general, TBC

Brigadier General Almantas LEIKA, LTU Army Assistant Chief of Staff J7 HQ JFC Brunssum,

Mrs. Giedrimas JEGLINSKAS, Ministry of National Defence, Vice Minister, Lithuania

Brigadier General (Ret.) Fhleming CHRISTENSEN, SAAB AB, Vice President Government Realations

 

 

Vilnius Security Forum 2019

(dedicated to NATO 70th anniversary)

Western Readiness to Answer Russia’s Hybrid Warfare

Hall of the Conferences III palace

Parliament of Lithuania, III Palace, Gedimino Ave 53 Vilnius

22 March 2019

 PROGRAMME

 

 

08:15 - 09:00 Registration

III Palace (ID required)

09:00 – 09:05 Welcoming remarks

 

Mr. Vytautas BAKAS, Member of the Seimas, Chairman of the Committee on National Security and Defence (Lithuania) TBC

                       

09:05 – 09:45 Key note speakers

 

Mr. Linas LINKEVIČIUS Minister of Foreign Affairs (Lithuania), TBC

Mr. Julian KING, Member of EU Commission, Security Union, TBC

 

09:45 - 10:55 Panel discussion

Topic:

The Future of the NATO transatlantic relations

Moderator:

Professor John LOUTH, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), Senior Researcher,

Panel:

Lieutenant General (Ret.) Ben HODGES, Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA), Expert, Former Commander of United States Army Europe (USA)

Mr. Michael CARPENTER, Joseph R. Biden Centre for Diplomacy and Global Engagement at the University of Pennsylvania, Senior Director (USA), TBC

Dr. Christian MÖLLING, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)

Dr. Margarita ŠEŠELGYTĖ, Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Studies Director (Lithuania)

10:45 -11:20 Coffee break

 

 

11:20 - 13.00 Panel discussion

Topic:

NATO/EU readiness to cope with Hybrid threats, The challenge of Interoperability

Moderator:

Ambassador Eitvydas BAJARŪNAS, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lithuanian.

Panel:

Mr. Vytis JURKONIS, Freedom House, Vilnius office, Project Director (Lithuania)

Mr. Eric POVEL, NATO Public Diplomacy Division, Program Officer; TBC

Dr. Claudia MAJOR, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Senior Associate TBC

Ms. Kirsti NARINEN, International relations director, European Centre for Countering Hybrid Threats, Helsinki

 Colonel Romualdas PETKEVIČIUS, NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence, Director

13:00 -14:00 Lunch break

 

14:00 – 15:20 Panel discussion

Topic:

Captured State, Russia, how to break cycle of influence

Russian and Chinese disruption brace for impact

Moderator:

Mr. Linas KOJALA, Institute of Eastern European Studies, director (Lithuania)

 

Panel:

Mr. Stephen DALZIEL, The Institute for Statecraft, disinformation expert, (UK)

Mr. Konstantin EGGERT, Deutsche Welle, journalist, columnist, (Russia)

Mr. Edward LUCAS, Senior Vice President, Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA), (UK)

Mrs. Anna WIESLANDER, Swedish Defence Association, Secretary general

15:20 – 15:45 Coffee Break

15:45 – 17:00 Panel discussion

 

Topic:

Future of hybrid warfare trends

Moderator:

Mr. Zbigniew PISARSKI, Casimir Pulaski Foundation, President of the Board (Poland), TBC

 

Panel:

Mrs. Molly McKEW, information warfare expert. Foreign Policy and Strategy Consultant (USA)

Mrs. Natalija FROLOVA, Echo Moskvy, journalist, (Russia)

Dr. Annegret BENDIEK German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Deputy Head of the Research Division, TBC

Col (Ret.) Vaidotas MALINIONIS, National Defence Foundation, Director (Lithuania).

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COL (ret) Vaidotas Malinionis

 

Benjamin Franklin’s admonition that “we must indeed all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately” was insightful during the American Revolution and is relevant today for Western democracies facing both Hybrid Threats* and the possibility of conventional military conflict. However, to mitigate future threats the Baltic States and Poland have to find agreement upon a regional common long term Defence Strategy. This would guaranty full utilization of NATO strategic depth via the establishment of long-term development goals, consistent budgeting, and regional interoperability of military and nonmilitary sectors at all levels.

It has already been fourteen years since the Baltic States joined NATO, but a difficult and challenging path for defence systems development in each state has complicated improvement of interoperability between even these closest of neighbors. This gap has frustrated efforts to leverage greater advantage of NATO membership for effective and efficient national self defence. This situation must be seriously evaluated and addressed for improved national and regional defence.

All young officers who are studying military tactics are familiar with the importance of identifying and mitigating the risks of “gaps” between units (platoons, companies, battalions). An adversary is always eager to identify these gaps and exploit them. Gaps are less protected, coordinated and defended areas – they can make the difference between defeat and victory on the battlefield. Gaps are always a potential weak point, especially if one is ill prepared for the fight. This principle works for units at every level and is equally valid for the national level of NATO countries.

Building the Defence System in Baltics

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