Transformation Through Training • Issue No: 11 • November 2018 • 31 The Counter-Intelligence Centre of Excellence (CI COE) is the latest institution that was established in the territory of the Republic of Poland. It was established in Kraków, pursuant to the Memorandum from Norfolk in 2015. It was created on the initiative of Poland and Slovakia. The main task of this entity is to increase the Alliance counterintelligence capabilities to prevent activities of enemy intelligence services. The detailed CI COE tasks, however, are secret. The CI COE also executes tasks set by ACT and nations that co-create the Centre. It is one of the 24 NATO centres of excellence specializing in different areas. Poland is engaged in works of 13 NATO centres of excellence. No doubt the announced investments in Poland may be an important consequence of strengthening the NATO eastern flank. The 2018 budget of the NATO Investment Program for Poland is three times as big as last year’s (231.5 mln dollars vs 69.4 mln dollars). As it was announced, construction and IT companies and also suppliers of communication systems (or their elements) will benefit the most from NATO investments in Poland. NATO entities in Bydgoszcz: 3th NSB, JFTC and NFIU will obtain new infrastructure19 . Location of NATO forces and infrastructure elements is definitely a sign of the position and role that Poland occupies in the integrated NATO command structure. Those elements demonstrate a strong alliance, deter enemies and guarantee real support as specified in Article 5. Now Polish authorities seek increasing presence of Euro Atlantic military structures in Poland, using, among others, Alliance command system development plans that assume one of them will be created in Europe in order to improve its logistic capabilities. As General Petr Pavel, NATO Military Committee Chairman, announced the decision regarding the location of new centres will be a political one20 . ■ 1 Evaluation of the State Security. Report on the Survey Ordered by the National Security Bureau, CBOS, November 2014, p. 12-13. 2 Russian attack on Georgia in 2008 was definitely an alert regarding probability of an outbreak of an international armed conflict in Europe. This is when first operational plans in case of Russia’s aggression against Poland and Baltic States were created. LT Ł. Jureńczyk, Polska w Sojuszu Północnoatlantyckim. 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