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Patron of the Forum

Chief of Defence of Lithuanian Armed Forces

Lieutenant General Jonas Vytautas Žukas

 

March 20 – 22

2019

Vilnius

20 March

Military Academy, Silo 5, Vilnius

Bios of the speakers of the Vilnius Security Forum 2019

 

Time

Event

Event

Time

 

Baltic Military Conference

   

1100 - 1150

Registration

   

1150 - 1700

Baltic Military Conference

   

1700- 1800

Break

Break

 

1730-1930

Dinner

 

21 March

Military Academy, Silo 5, Vilnius

Time

Event

Event

Time

0830 -17.30

Baltic Military Conference

Crisis Scenario based discussion ”MIRROR”

1015 - 1730

1000 - 1600

Private interviews with the media in accordance to the separate roster

I Round

 

1015-1300

   

Lunch

1300-1400

   

II Round

1400-1555

   

Debrief/Wrap up

1555-1615

   

Strategy for Securing “Democracy Against Hybrid War”

(lecture/discussion)

Mr. Andrius Kubilius, parliamentarian, former Prime Minister, Republic of Lithuania.

Mr. Laurynas Kasčiūnas, parliamentarian, Republic of Lithuania

1615-1730

 

Dinner

1800-1930

 

Night Owl session

“Baltic Security Policy”

1930 -2100

 

 

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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Baltic Military Conference 2019

 

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, General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania

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

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

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

12:30-13:00 Session 2: Keynote address “Changes in Finnish Defence Policy after Crimea Annexation”

Mr. Jussi NIINISTÖ, Minister of Defence of Finland

 

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March 20 – 22

2019

                                                                                        Vilnius                                                                                             

21 March

Military Academy, Silo 5, Vilnius

19.30 – 2100 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)

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

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

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

Mr. Heinrich BRAUSS, Senior associate fellow, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)

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Vilnius Security Forum 2019

(dedicated to NATO 70th anniversary)

Western Readiness to Answer Russia’s Hybrid Warfare

Hall of the Conferences (219 c) III palace

Parliament of Lithuania, III Palace, Gedimino Ave 53 Vilnius

22 March 2019

 PROGRAMME

 

 

08:15 - 09:00 Registration

III Palace (ID required)

-Welcome coffee

09:00 – 09:05 Welcoming remarks

 

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

                       

09:05 – 09:45 Key note speakers

 

Mr. Linas LINKEVIČIUS Minister of Foreign Affairs (Lithuania)

09:45 - 10:45 Panel discussion

Topic:

The Future of the NATO transatlantic relations

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)

Mr. Arnoldas PRANCKEVIČIUS, The European Commission Representative in Lithuania, Head of the Representative Office

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

Mr. Dmytro KHRYSTOFOROV, Ministry of Defence, Deputy Director of the Department of Military Policy, Strategic Planning and International Cooperation, Ukraine

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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.

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