COVID-19 pandemic is currently the biggest global challenge. All countries in the world and the international community are countering the threat, trying to prevent the development of the pandemic and to mitigate its consequences. A number of countries engage military assistance, combining efforts of various arms and services with the activities of health care system and crisis management, thus enhancing the response to the spreading pandemic.
COVID-19 pandemic feeds concerns over the functioning of health care system and the need to ensure the sense of security as well as public order. It also catalyzes the escalation of unconventional threats. The pandemic highlights the sensitivity of contemporary societies not only to new viruses, but also, for example, to various threats in the information and cyberspace. As a result, the coronavirus pandemic indicates the necessity to develop capabilities to counter hybrid threats.
In order to meet the dynamic changes in the security environment caused by the Sars-CoV-2 spread and the needs for the security environment analyses conducted for the NUP 2X35 campaign, the DTC PAF held a seminar on the COVID-19 pandemic impact on security environment and operation (24th June 2020). The project included subject matter experts support from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats (Hybrid CoE, Helsinki, Finland), Estonian Academy of Security Sciences (EASS, Tallinn, Estonia), NATO Military Police Centre of Excellence (NATO MP CoE, Bydgoszcz) and Vasil Levski National Military University (Veliki Tarnov, Bulgaria). The webinar attracted a high level of interest from the Ministry of National Defence organizational units and entities, as well as from international environment. The webinar was hosted by the DTC PAF Director, Col. Jarosław Mokrzycki and moderated by Col. Jacek Duziak.
During the webinar, dr Johann Schmid from Hybrid COE presented a lecture on the impact of the hybrid war in the aspect of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis situation. In turn, dr Vladimir Sazonov from EASS characterized the Russian Federation informational impact on the Baltic states during the pandemic. Maj. Paweł Lewandowski from NATO MP CoE presented the results of an analysis of the pandemic impact on the Military Police activities both in the national and NATO structures. Sgt. Maj. Cdt. Ivan Dimitrov, the student of the Vasil Levski National Military University, outlined the Bulgarian army activities undertaken in the fight against the pandemic. Prof. Radosław Fiedler from Adam Mickiewicz University discussed the course of action during the pandemic in the US.