Posts tagged as military

Pentagon launches Catch program to identify serial sex offenders in the military

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

The Pentagon has launched a new program that aims to find serial sex offenders in the military by compiling information into a database submitted by sexual-assault survivors. The program, called Catch a Serial Offender, or Catch, allows survivors of sexual assault who are submitting a restricted report to provide information confidentially about the sexual assault incident as well as the accused offender to military investigators so they can try to identify…

U.S. warship sails through strategic Taiwan Strait amid China tension

Thursday, July 25, 2019

The U.S. military said on Wednesday it sent a Navy warship through the Taiwan Strait, which separates Taiwan from China, a move likely to anger China during a period of tense relations between Washington and Beijing. Taiwan is among a growing number of flashpoints in the U.S.-China relationship, which include a trade war, U.S. sanctions and China’s increasingly muscular military posture in the South China Sea, where the United States…

UK to address tanker crisis in Persian Gulf with more military

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The British government will seek to develop and deploy a Europe-led maritime protection mission to protect shipping in the strategic Strait of Hormuz after Iran seized a British ship with a Latvian crew member. Associated Press reports that on Monday, July 22, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt accused Iran of «an act of state piracy» that must be met with a coordinated international reaction. Iranian officials have implied the Stena…

Iran denies Trump claim that US destroyed Iranian drone

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Iran said Friday it can provide images that disprove President Donald Trump’s statement that a U.S. warship destroyed an Iranian drone near the Persian Gulf after it threatened the ship. The incident marked a new escalation of tensions between the countries, less than a month after Iran downed an American drone in the same waterway and Trump came close to retaliating with a military strike. The Iranian military said all…

Thailand’s new Cabinet sworn in, ending rule by army junta

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Thailand’s new Cabinet has been sworn in, creating a nominally elected government after five years of military rule but keeping power in the hands of the same allies of the army. Prayuth Chan-ocha, who as army commander seized power in a 2014 coup and then served as junta leader and prime minister, returns to serve again as prime minister. This time he was elected by a parliamentary vote after a…

Trump’s war powers on Iran limited by U.S. Congress

Monday, July 15, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump’s powers to potentially take his country to war with Iran have been blocked by American legislators setting forth congressional authorization to such a move. In the U.S. Congress on Friday, July 12, members of the House of Representatives passed an amendment to the fiscal 2020 National Defence Authorization Act that would bar funding to use military force against Iran unless Congress authorizes it. Representative Ro Khanna…

Seven countries’ defense ministers, chiefs to mark JEF anniversary in Klaipeda

Friday, June 28, 2019

Defense ministers and chiefs of defense of seven NATO member states are meeting in Klaipeda on Friday to mark the one-year anniversary of the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF). The force is led by the United Kingdom and its partner nations are Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Finland and Sweden. The meeting will take place aboard the HMS Albion, the British Royal Navy flagship that is currently leading the…

Typhoons scrambled twice in one day to intercept Russian aircraft

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Typhoon fighter jets operating from Ämari Air Base in Estonia launched twice on Tuesday 25th June to intercept Russian military aircraft flying close to (but not inside) Estonian airspace. Typhoons first intercepted a Russian military transport aircraft before later intercepting two Russian Flanker fighters and another military transport aircraft. This is a routine mission for the Typhoons conducting NATO enhanced Air Policing, providing reassurance that the UK is working in…

Estonian military traitor reveals Russian spy recruitment scheme

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Former Estonian army officer Deniss Metsavas, who was last year sentenced to 15 years in prison for handing Estonian and NATO secrets to Russia, has revealed to The Atlantic, how he was recruited in the first place. The American magazine wrote in an article on Wednesday, June 26, he was first approached by spy recruiters while visiting his relatives in Russia in the summer of 2007. Woman at a nightclub…

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…