Posts tagged as military

Who really flexes muscles in Baltic region?

By Vairis Godmanis on Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Large-scale NATO manoeuvres “Iron Wolf – 2019” (Gelezinis Vilkas 2019) in Lithuania started on 8 June. Military personnel from the USA, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Germany, Great Britain, Belgium, Denmark, the Czech Republic and Estonia also take part in addition to the Lithuanian soldiers. Some of them are members of the forward-based NATO battalion stationed in Lithuania. More than 1000 units of military equipment are involved in the exercises, according…

Riigikogu backs extension of military surveillance capabilities

Thursday, May 30, 2019

With 53 to 31 votes, the Riigikogu adopted the amended Defence Forces Organisation Act once again on Wednesday. President Kersti Kaljulaid refused to promulgate the new law in its current form in March this year, questioning the bill’s constitutionality and saying that the military’s extended surveillance powers violate the fundamental rights of citizens. The bill of amendments to the act would grant the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) the right to…

New Israeli government or election: Netanyahu faces deadline

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Israel’s raucous political world is on edge, counting down to a midnight deadline to see whether a new government will be formed or whether there will be an unpresented second election of the year. Backchannel negotiations are continuing to try and find a compromise that will allow Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu faction to join Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing coalition. Without him, Netanyahu has no parliamentary majority and won’t be…

IISS Research: Europe cannot defend itself without U.S.

By Adomas Abromaitis on Thursday, May 23, 2019

International research institutes very often provide assessments which cause just a revolution in the thinking of ordinary people and even politicians. Such reports give impetus to decisive actions and revision of existing strategies and politics. One of such reports is “Defending Europe: scenario-based capability requirements for NATO’s European members” made by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). An independent open-source high-level assessment of how the defence of Europe, would…

Europe’s Worst Nightmare: Here’s What a NATO-Russia War Would Look Like

By Dave Majumdar on Thursday, April 4, 2019

If a war were to breakout in the Baltics between Russian and NATO, it might ultimately be irrelevant what the conventional balance is on the ground. “The other problem with the fixation on conventional deterrence in the Baltic fight is that just as in the old standoff between NATO and the Warsaw Pact, this battle is fraught with opportunities for nuclear escalation,” Kofman wrote. “Most Russian experts I know in…

Former defence chief to work for Estonian defence industry company Milrem

Monday, January 21, 2019

Former Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) Gen. Riho Terras will take over the defence division of Estonian unmanned vehicles manufacturer Milrem Robotics. Gen. Terras’ main responsibilities will include establishing Milrem Robotics’ international business development and program support teams, leading the process of gaining a strong foothold in the defence market and bringing end user-specific know-how to the company’s strategic research and development activities, Business Wire said. “Gen. Terras’ strong…

All-male panel at debate on improving gender equality in the military

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Social media users have been left confused after a group promoting gender diversity in the military shared a photo of an all-male discussion panel. Women in Defence, a group founded by a female ex-army officer, hosted the panel to discuss what more could be done to ensure gender balance in the British armed forces. But pictures shared on social media show five male members of the panel in front of…

Allied Intelligence Chiefs discuss countering cyber-attacks, disinformation

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The Heads of Allied Civil and Military, Intelligence and Security Organizations met at NATO Headquarters in Brussels on 29 November 2018 for talks on countering disinformation, cyber-attacks and traditional means of espionage. The conference was opened by Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, together with the Romanian Chair of NATO’s Civilian Intelligence Committee and the Canadian Chair of the Military Intelligence Committee. The Allied Intelligence officials endorsed the framework for the establishment…

NATO uses snake to defeat Russia

By Lukas Ramonas on Friday, September 28, 2018

Andrzej Duda’s first visit to the White House included one on one talks with Donald Trump on security in Central Europe and on strengthening the U.S. military presence in the region, which is worried about intensifying Russian military activity. Poland has been seeking for increase in the number of U.S. troops stationed in its territory since early 2017. By the way, the Eastern European region has been actively explored by…

Russia to hold biggest war games in nearly four decades

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Russia will next month hold its biggest war games in nearly four decades, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday, a massive military exercise that will also involve the Chinese and Mongolian armies. The exercise, called Vostok-2018 (East-2018), will take place in central and eastern Russian military districts and involve almost 300,000 troops, over 1,000 military aircraft, two of Russia’s naval fleets, and all its airborne units, Shoigu said in…