Posts tagged as U.S.

Trump – U.S. will respond with ‘great force’ if Iran attacks interests

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

President Donald Trump warned on Monday Iran would be met with “great force” if it attacked U.S. interests in the Middle East, and government sources said Washington strongly suspects Shi’ite militias with ties to Tehran were behind a rocket attack in Baghdad’s Green Zone. “I think Iran would be making a very big mistake if they did anything,” Trump told reporters as he left the White House on Monday evening…

US assistant defense secretary says visit confirms NATO Estonia pledge

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Dr. James H. Anderson, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy, Plans and Capabilities, was in Estonia May 16-18, meeting with the Ministry of Defence and the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF), to discuss opportunities to deepen the U.S.-Estonia defense relationship. Anderson’s visit underscores America’s ironclad commitment to NATO, according to a press release from the U.S. Embassy in Tallinn, as well as underlining and how both nations are working in…

Energy security is in the interest of the Baltic States and the U.S.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

President Dalia Grybauskaitė together with the Presidents of Latvia and Estonia met with the U.S. Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry. The meeting was held at the initiative of the United States with the aim of strengthening collaboration between the Baltic countries and the U.S. in energy security matters. Dalia Grybauskaitė underlined that the United States was a strategic partner of the three Baltic States that strongly supported Lithuania’s efforts to…

Why U.S. is silent about exercises in Baltics

By Viktors Domburs on Friday, May 10, 2019

The Baltic States are in the anticipation of the annual large scale military exercise Saber Strike. The well-known annual international exercise held since 2010 by the United States Army Europe (USAREUR) is focused on the Baltic States. These countries consider this event as a key element of participants’ training on command and control as well as interoperability with regional partners. The Saber Strike exercise aims to facilitate cooperation amongst the…

Don’t Tell Russia: U.S. Forces in Europe Lack Firepower

By David Axe on Monday, April 22, 2019

U.S. forces in Europe are getting smarter and more flexible. But they still lack firepower. That’s one problem that U.S. Air Force general Tod Wolters, the commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa, described in a wide-ranging interview that Air Force magazine published in April 2019. U.S. president Donald Trump has nominated Wolters to head U.S. European Command, taking over from U.S. Army general Mike Scaparrotti. Wolters said EUCOM’s mobility…

Stoltenberg defends NATO existence before U.S. legislators

Friday, April 5, 2019

NATO «is in the national interest of each and every one of our nations», the organisation’s secretary general Jens Stoltenberg noted to legislators in the U.S., where the alliance has been criticised often at the highest level for limited defence spending by many member states. Belgian news portal EurActiv reports that the official along with member state foreign ministers is in the U.S. to mark its 70th anniversary. «We must…

NATO Confirms Plans For $260 Million U.S. Storage Site In Poland

Monday, March 25, 2019

NATO has confirmed that it plans to establish a storage facility in Poland for U.S. military equipment, including armored vehicles, ammunition, and weapons to arm a full brigade. A NATO official on March 23 told AFP that a report earlier by The Wall Street Journal that said the $260 million facility would be located in Powidz, some 200 kilometers west of Warsaw, was accurate. The WSJ quoted NATO chief Jens…

The Orientalism of Western Russophobia

By Max Parry on Saturday, March 9, 2019

Last year marked the 40th anniversary of the publication of Edward W. Said’s pioneering book, Orientalism, as well as fifteen years since the Palestinian-American intellectual’s passing. To bid farewell to such an important scholar shortly after the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, which Said fiercely criticized until his dying breath before succumbing to leukemia, made an already tremendous loss that much more impactful. His seminal text forever reoriented political discourse by…

Oil nudges higher on Venezuela and Iran sanctions, OPEC cuts

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Oil edged up on Thursday amid ongoing OPEC-led supply cuts and U.S. sanctions against exporters Venezuela and Iran, but price gains were capped by record U.S. crude output and rising commercial fuel inventories. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures were at $56.31 per barrel at 0637 GMT, up 9 cents, or 0.2 percent, from their last settlement. Brent crude futures were at $66.22 per barrel, up 23 cents,…

U.S.-manufactured Javelin stocks of the Lithuanian Armed Forces supplemented

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Additional missiles for the Javelin anti-tank defence systems procured by the Defence Materiel Agency under the Ministry of National Defence have been delivered to Lithuania. The worth of the procurement is over USD 20 million, USD 5 million of which is financial support of the United States of America. The additional systems will be provided to units of the Lithuanian Land Force in order to strengthen defence capabilities of Lithuania.…