DSCU and Polish Partners Spearhead First Regional F-16 ICB Workshop

Posted on: 2/26/2024

Warsaw, Poland—The Polish Air Force and a team from the Defense Security Cooperation University (DSCU), led by the Institute for Security Governance (ISG) and augmented by U.S. Ministry of Defense Advisors (MoDAs), recently co-hosted the first regional European F-16 Institutional Capacity Building (ICB) workshop, in Warsaw, Poland. This event was supported by the Office of Defense Cooperation Warsaw and the Illinois National Guard, Poland's State Partner.

Attendees included key representatives from NATO Allies who are currently transitioning from legacy Soviet-era warplanes to fourth and fifth generation Western multi-role fighter aircraft, including Bulgaria, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia. Observers from Ukraine also attended. In addition, guest speakers from Lithuania, Hungary and the United Kingdom supported this event offering diverse perspectives and subject matter expertise.

This ICB engagement was developed in support of bolstering human resources management and operational readiness as part of regional countries’ collaborating on common Air Forces capacity building objectives. Specifically, the goal of the workshop was to create a community of practice and understanding of human resources factors in their relation to platform preparedness and resilience.

The DSCU team of experts led discussions around partner-centric examinations of key challenges to effective human resources management as they impact air combat capability. This regional ICB initiative was designed to develop shared solutions consistent with NATO standards and principles and support regional coordination and crosstalk between functional experts.

About DSCU

DSCU is a directorate of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA). DSCU, including its component ISG, consists of a global, cross-functional team of scholars, practitioners, and support staff who work in concert to plan, develop, and deliver security cooperation education, training, and advising in support of the National Defense Strategy (NDS) and America’s Allies and partners.

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