Posts tagged as defence

Turkish veto on Baltic defense plans is bad

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Turkey’s decision to block the updated defense plans for the Baltic states and Poland might make military planning more difficult but it’s not a catastrophe as other planning instruments remain, retired US General Ben Hodges says. The ex-commander of the United States Army Europe (USAREUR) underlined that military officers have to take into account what defense plans are formally endorsed by all NATO members at the North Atlantic Council. “In…

Over a thousand Defence League and other personnel in weekend exercise in Estonia

Friday, November 29, 2019

Around a thousand volunteer Defence League (Kaitseliit) personnel are taking part in a training exercise over the weekend. Exercise Orkaan (Hurricane) is being organized by the West Estonia defense district, BNS reports, and will also bring personnel from the Kalev Infantry Battalion, Naiskodukaitse, the women’s arm of the Defence League, volunteers from the Latvian volunteer corps Zemessardze, the Police and Border Guard Board (PPA). “Protecting our family and our home…

Majority of Lithuanians against upping defence spending

Monday, November 25, 2019

The majority Lithuanians are against political parties’ agreement to increase defense spending to at least 2.5 percent GDP in 2030, according to a survey carried out by Vilmorus for BNS on November 8-16. Out of 1,000 respondents, 30.3 percent said they were in favour or were rather in favor of the planned increase in the defense budget, as stipulated in the agreement. However, 55.2 percent said they were against or…

President says revising Lithuania’s defence spending plans ‘irresponsible’

Friday, November 22, 2019

The Lithuanian president has criticised members of parliament who have suggested revising an earlier agreement among parliamentary parties to raise  defence   spending to 2.5 percent of GDP. Revising national agreements is “irresponsible”, Gitanas Nausėda said on Thursday. Major political parties in Lithuania signed a so-called national agreement last year on increasing defence spending to 2.5 percent of GDP by 2030, but a parliamentary committee recently proposed to revise the…

Lithuania’s chief of defence visits American troops in Pabradė

Friday, November 1, 2019

Lithuania’s Chief of Defence Valdemaras Rupšys visited American rotational force troops stationed in Pabradė, the Ministry of Defence reported on Thursday. Rupšys inspected the living conditions of the American troops, Host Nation Support provided by Lithuania, needs and combat readiness plans. “It’s another piece of evidence that the US remains our strong and reliable ally, unquestionably meeting its commitments to the whole region,” Rupšys was quoted in the ministry’s statement. The US unit deployed…

Annual Baltic Conference on Defence 2019 to be held in Tallinn

Saturday, October 26, 2019

NATO Allies, European defence experts and representatives of the defence industry will be exploring how new technologies such as artificial intelligence and unmanned vehicles enhance defence capabilities and deterrence at the 13th Annual Baltic Conference on Defence (ABCD) on 29-30 October 2019 in Tallinn. On the evening of 29 October, Estonian Minister of Defence Jüri Luik and French Minister for Armed Forces Florence Parly will open the conference. On 30 October, President…

Dilemma for the Baltic States: prosperity or defence

By Adomas Abromaitis on Thursday, October 24, 2019

The Jamestown Foundation, an influential US think tank, published a report in October – “How to defend the Baltic States” written by R.D. Hooker, Jr. The report examines NATO capability to defend its eastern flank – the Baltic States. It contains harsh criticisms towards the Baltic States which do less than they can to strengthen their security. It is stated that “stronger NATO ground forces in the Baltics do not…

US think tank publishes report on Baltic states’ defence

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

The Jamestown Foundation, an influential US think tank, has published a report in October on ‘how to defend the Baltic states’. The report puts greatest emphasis on the role played by the US, “the undisputed leader of NATO,” and its position to overcome the still unsolved military mobility, interoperability and readiness issues encountered by NATO’s European allies. Jamestown therefore calls on Washington to take the “defence of the Baltics as a…

EU politicians turn to “ball of snakes” to make own careers

By Viktors Domburs on Monday, October 7, 2019

Some of EU politicians are very successful in making their careers using the weak points of the European Union member states. Current tensions between Russia, China, Iran, North Korea and NATO (including EU countries) lead to the development of many expensive programs and projects that European taxpayers have to pay for. Current security situation provides a huge space for ambitious politicians. Those, in turn, involve the population of European countries…

How the Baltic states spot the Kremlin’s agents

Friday, August 2, 2019

The tip was sent by a city tech worker: a single person could, in one fell swoop, disable almost every traffic light in Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital. It proved true, says Aurimas Navys, a former officer at Lithuania’s State Security Department. Mr Navys, who had received the tip despite his recent retirement, made sure the vulnerability was fixed. Lithuania and the other Baltic states, Estonia and Latvia, all nato members, are scrambling, he says,…