Posts tagged as military

EU ready to fund some projects to speed military deployments

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The European Union could make billions of euros available to upgrade bridges and roads so its member countries and NATO are able to rapidly deploy troops in times of crisis, AP reports. The European Commission has proposed a budget of EUR 6.5 billion for certain infrastructure projects, Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc told NATO ambassadors. The money can be used for “dual use” projects, such as increasing the weight capacity of…

U.S. military seeks rules for drilling in eastern Gulf of Mexico

Friday, May 11, 2018

An expansion of oil drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico would interfere with U.S. military testing unless the Pentagon and another agency develop rules to govern the work, the U.S. Department of Defense said in a report this week. The Defense Department concluded in a report it sent on Wednesday to U.S. lawmakers that drilling east of the Military Mission Line in the Gulf of Mexico, a demarcation more…

Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit paid a visit to the Ministry of National Defence

Thursday, April 26, 2018

On April 25 Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, and Minister of Defence Frank Bakke-Jensen of Norway conducted a visit at the ministry of National Defence. They were met by Minister of National Defence of Lithuania Raimundas Karoblis. At the Ministry the high guests met with Norwegian troops serving in the NATO eFP Battle Group in Lithuania and Commander of the NATO Force Integration Unit (NFIU) in Lithuania  Col Jakob…

€2.4 billion to be allocated to national defense over next four years

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Over the next four years a total of €2.4 billion will be allocated to national defense. According to Defence Minister Jüri Luik (IRL), the state budget strategy as decided on by the government late last week provides a strong base for developing the field. According to the state budget strategy, €2.4 billion will be allocated to national defense over the next four years. This will make it possible to keep…

Developments in Baltic Defense since Trump Took Office

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Baltic states have felt themselves to be in something of a defense crisis since the Russian annexation of Crimea, which revealed Russia’s revisionist intentions to the extent that even Western Europeans began to take them seriously. While all three Baltic states worked to improve their own national defenses, they also had to rely on NATO to provide the resources necessary to deter or, if necessary, defeat Russia. Trump’s disparagement…

A new soldier on sentry duty

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

A new soldier was on sentry duty at the main gate. His orders were clear; no car was to enter unless it had a special sticker on the windshield. A big Army car came up with a general seated in the back. The sentry said, “Halt, who goes there?” The chauffeur, a corporal, says, “General Wheeler.” “I’m sorry, I can’t let you through. You’ve got to have a sticker on…

To counter Russia and back Baltic states, America must fortify NATO

Monday, April 9, 2018

Last week, President Trump welcomed the leaders of the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to the White House to address ongoing tensions with Russia. The three presidents — Kersti Kaljulaid of Estonia, Raimonds Vejonis of Latvia and Dalia Grybauskaite of Lithuania — met with President Trump to urge the United States to bolster its defense of Baltic countries against Russian aggression. Despite the magnitude of the occasion for the…

Google should not be in business of war, say employees

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Thousands of Google employees have signed an open letter asking the internet giant to stop working on a project for the US military. Project Maven involves using artificial intelligence to improve the precision of military drone strikes. Employees fear Google’s involvement will “irreparably damage” its brand. “We believe that Google should not be in the business of war,” says the letter, which is addressed to Google chief executive Sundar Pichai.…