Posts tagged as Army

Russia-NATO deportment – feel the difference

By Lukas Ramonas on Thursday, July 11, 2019

A special resolution was adopted in PACE on 26 of June. According to this document full powers were returned to the Russian delegation. The participants in the summer session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) approved a resolution that confirms the authority of the Russian delegation in full. Russia remains in PACE without any restrictions. A robust, responsible, pro-European position has prevailed, however not in all…

Technologies and armament mean nothing without people

Friday, July 5, 2019

There is enormous development ahead of Latvia’s National Armed Forces (NAF) in the next decade, said NAF Commander Leonīds Kalniņš in an interview to public broadcaster LTV programme Rīta panorama on 5 July. According to Kalniņš, in the next decade Latvia’s armed forces can expect a considerable increase in technological provision and intensity of military exercises. Latvia’s NAF commander also admits that the main military base in Ādaži is slowly…

Russia starts army drills to respond to Central Asia threats

Monday, June 24, 2019

The Russian military has launched a massive exercise to simulate a response to possible security threats in Central Asia. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the five-day drills that began Monday will “check the armed forces’ ability to ensure security in the Central Asian region that faces serious terrorist threats.” Russian officials have voiced concerns about the possible spread of militants from Afghanistan into former Soviet nations in Central Asia. Russia…

Army to give 50 machine guns to civilian paramilitary organization

Thursday, May 16, 2019

The Lithuanian Armed Forces will give 50 machine guns and 8,000 rounds of ammunition to the civilian paramilitary organization Riflemen’s Union, the Defense Ministry said on Wednesday. The German-made machine guns, which are in good working order but not used by the army, and ammunition will be entrusted to the Riflemen’s Union for a period of ten years, according to the ministry. “These machine guns will provide the riflemen with…

Ukrainian Army gets over 3,500 units of weapons, military equipment in 2018

Friday, November 16, 2018

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Oleksandr Turchynov says the enterprises of the Ukraine’s state-run military-industrial concern Ukroboronprom have transferred over 3,500 units of weapons and military equipment to the Ukrainian army over the three quarters this year, including over 2,000 units of brand new and modernized weapons. “It is about armored, naval, and aviation equipment, rocket and artillery weapons, air defense systems, communications, and electronic warfare…

New U.S. training unit in Afghanistan faces old problems

By James Mackenzie on Friday, August 17, 2018

Captain Joe Fontana, a team leader with the U.S. army’s 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade, is part of a new unit but he is working on problems that have been stubbornly familiar to American military advisers in Afghanistan for years. The 1st SFAB was formed last year as a new force of experienced advisers, to focus U.S. army training and support for Afghan troops and, in future, for other foreign…

More public speaking, less PowerPoint for Army NCO schools

By William Howard on Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The Army is changing its 40-year-old enlisted education system with a new curriculum and an online course offering graded decisions that carry over to all academies for noncommissioned officers. Soldiers attending the improved Basic Leader Course will now be evaluated on writing essays, public speaking and giving training classes to their peers during the monthlong resident course. A new revamped online program — known as the Distributed Leader Course —…

Latvia’s army will need well-trained soldiers in coming years

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Latvia’s army will require modernization and well-trained soldiers in the near future, said Commander of Latvia’s Armed Forces Lieutenant General Leonīds Kalniņš in an interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT. He explains that modernization must not stop for a single moment. Otherwise the army will lose its combat readiness. «Secondly, we need soldiers – highly professional soldiers. There is no point in procuring arms and equipment of soldiers aren’t…

US air defense brigade back in Europe

Monday, April 2, 2018

A U.S.-based air defense artillery brigade has formally begun its mission in Germany, marking the first deployment of such a unit to Europe since the post-Cold War drawdown. The arrival of the National Guard’s South Carolina-based 678th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, billed as the only integrated fires brigade in the Army, is part of a broader effort to bolster one of the military’s lingering capability gaps in Europe. “Back in…