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An agreement on the American light shield in Poland is refined

(B2) The Poles and the Americans are refining a force protection agreement (SOFA) allowing the installation of the new US versus Obama anti-missile shield. Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States, is expected to be in Warsaw on October 21. The Obama administration should, in fact, start by keeping a promise of the Bush administration: the installation of “Patriot” missiles. A first battery should be installed in the spring, near Warsaw in Wesola, reveals the daily Dziennik. Furthermore, Poland would remain one of the host countries for the new version of the anti-missile shield. From 2014, the country should welcome 30 SM-3 batteries. The European command center for these SM-3s would be located in the Czech Republic. This system is less expensive than the old system (10 million instead of 70 million) and above all requires fewer staff (100 instead of 400). The installation is expected to begin from 2014 and be operational a year later.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).