Posts tagged as military

Armed forces must lose ‘industrial age capabilities’

Thursday, October 1, 2020

The Britain Chief of the Defence Staff says there needs to be a focus on the new battlefields of space and cyber. Britain’s armed forces will have to give up some “industrial age capabilities” in order to compete effectively in the new battlefields of space and cyber, the UK’s most senior military commander has warned. General Sir Nick Carter, the Chief of the Defence Staff, said the UK had to…

Baltic States at the epicenter of military exercises

By Jonas Dringelis on Wednesday, September 9, 2020

The Baltic States have become the scene of NATO military actions especially aimed at provoking Russia and Belarus. At the end of September, this year’s largest military exercise “Sword 2020” will take place in Latvia. Approximately 1000 Vidzeme Brigade bodyguards and soldiers, representatives from the Lithuanian Armed Forces Volunteer Defense Forces and the NATO Extended Presence Battle Group will take part in the training. They will carry out the tasks…

Lithuania continues to strengthen its military amid Belarus concern

By Adomas Abromaitis on Thursday, September 3, 2020

Lithuania continues to buy American military equipment despite assurances that Belarus has no cause for Lithuanian military buildup concern. Economic crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many European countries to consider cancelling or delaying their military acquisition programs. This does not apply to Lithuania. It has confirmed that initial deliveries of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) from the U.S. will take place as scheduled in 2021. So,…

Belarus ‘escalates tensions’ by launching military drills near Lithuanian border

Monday, August 17, 2020

Neighbouring Belarus is trying to escalate tensions by launching unplanned military exercises in the border region, Lithuanian Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis said on Monday. “I can confirm the information announced yesterday by Belarus about the exercises close to the Lithuanian and Polish borders,” the minister said in a statement sent to BNS. “But we don’t see any military threat from Belarus today. It’s an exercise, despite being unplanned, and it…

Military Mind and the Pandemic

By Tomas Jermalavicius on Wednesday, March 25, 2020

“The streets of many American cities and towns are nearly deserted. News reports offer viewers and readers communities tightly shuttered as if bracing for an incoming hurricane. But it is not a hurricane that finds Americans avoiding one another ‘like the plague.’” This is not a passage from the latest news article on the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic. It is from a chapter entitled ‘Pandemic’ in a 2009 book by…

Lithuanian military officers test negative for Covid-19 after trip to Germany

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Three military officers, including Lithuanian Land Force Commander Brigadier General Raimundas Vaikšnoras, tested negative for the coronavirus after after a recent trip to a military conference in Germany, the Defence Ministry said. All three officers have been released from quarantine in a Vilnius hospital and will perform their tasks from home for a certain period of time, it added. Read more:  2 new coronavirus cases confirmed in Lithuania The three…

U.S. military presence in Europe will be paid by European taxpayers

By Lukas Ramonas on Wednesday, March 11, 2020

As it was reported, the European Deterrence Initiative (EDI), aimed to strengthen the American military presence on the eastern borders of NATO, will lose about a quarter of its funding in 2021. Donald Trump intends to use saved funds to build a wall on the border with Mexico. A decrease in the EDI fund, as conceived by Washington, should not lead to a weakening of the American presence in Europe.…

Lithuanian military purchasing 25 Arocs trucks for €10m

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Lithuania is buying new special-purpose Arocs trucks for its Armed Forces for around 10 million euros, the  Defence   Ministry said on Monday. A contract on the purchase of the trucks was signed on Monday by the Lithuanian Defence Materiel Agency and Silberauto, the representative of the German carmaker Daimler in Lithuania. Four carmakers bid for the contract to supply trucks for transporting platforms and containers. Lithuania plans to buy…

Lithuania compiles military conscription list, includes students for first time

Friday, January 10, 2020

Lithuania’s  Defence   Ministry has compiled a list of compiled the lists of 38,427 conscripts to be called up for mandatory military service this year. A total of 3,828 people will enter service at various military units in Lithuania later this year. “I signed all the lists. […] The process was really smooth,” Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis told reporters. This year the age range of men called up for service…

Military And Political Trends Of 2019 That Will Shape 2020

By Tyler Durden on Friday, January 3, 2020

In the year 2019 the world was marked with a number of emerging and developing crises. The threat of terrorism, conflicts in the Middle East, expanding instability in South America, never-ending military, political and humanitarian crises in Africa and Asia, expansion of NATO, insecurity inside the European Union, sanction wars and sharpening conflicts between key international players. One more factor that shaped the international situation throughout the year was the further…