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NATO keeps mum on ‘Baltic brigade’ request: Lithuania

NATO keeps mum on ‘Baltic brigade’ request: Lithuania

Vilnius: NATO has vowed to hold “continuous” military exercises in eastern Europe to deter Russia but has yet to respond to a request by Baltic states for a permanent brigade, Lithuania said Wednesday. In May, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia formally […]


German Minister Calls for More NATO Defense Spending

German Minister Calls for More NATO Defense Spending

Germany’s Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen has urged NATO states to adhere to the two-percent target for military spending. She was speaking on the 60th anniversary of West Germany joining the alliance. Speaking in Berlin on Tuesday, von der […]


Finnish Defence Forces Quietly Move to Readiness Mode

Finnish Defence Forces Quietly Move to Readiness Mode

The largest circulation daily Helsingin Sanomat meanwhile, collates a number of initiatives and programs by the Finnish Defence Forces in an attempt to test the temperature of current attitudes to national defence. The paper interviewed analyst Mika Aaltola of the […]


Pakistan military says 23 militants killed in air strikes

JF-17 thunder fighter jet

Pakistani air strikes on Sunday killed 23 militants including foreigners in the country’s restive tribal regions near the Afghan border, the military said, part of a major ongoing operation against the Taliban. The attacks took place in areas close to […]


Colombia’s ELN rebels claim to down army helicopter

Colombia’s ELN rebels claim to down army helicopter

Leftist rebels with the National Liberation Army (ELN) claimed responsibility Saturday for this week’s attack on a Colombian army helicopter in which eight troops were killed. The incident took place on Monday, in the northern department of Norte de Santander. […]


US Think Tank: Nordic-Baltic-Polish 9 Should Boost Security

Russian Air Force Fighter Aircraft

According to a report by the think tank Center of European Policy Analysis, Russian troops performed an island attack exercise over the Gulf of Finland in March of this year. The report emphasised a need for increased security and cooperation […]


Saudi-led warplanes bomb rebels across Yemen

Saudi-led warplanes bomb rebels across Yemen

Warplanes from the Saudi-led Arab coalition have launched heavy raids against rebel positions in seven Yemeni provinces, witnesses and military sources said Wednesday. The attacks that began overnight and continued Wednesday were the most intensive since the beginning of the […]


German Weapons Exports Decline Significantly

German Weapons Exports Decline Significantly

The German defense industry’s exports were down significantly in 2014, compared to year before. The drop is partly due to a government pledge to keep a closer eye on the sector and what it exports where. Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel […]


NATO Not Interested In Arms Race with Russia

NATO Not Interested In Arms Race with Russia

NATO has approved an array of military upgrades but insists it will not be dragged into an arms race with Russia. The alliance’s Response Force, which was 13,000-strong at the start of 2015, will be increased to 40,000. Defense ministers […]


US to Position Tanks, Arms In 7 European Nations

An M1A2 Abrams tank unloads from a C-17, Burgas, Bulgaria, June 20, 2015. Transported as part of a tank section from Germany to Bulgaria, the Abrams tank will be used by Soldiers, from 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, and 2nd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, alongside Bulgarian soldiers, from the 6th Brigade Battle Group, during a tank live-fire exercise during Operation Speed and Power.

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Tuesday the U.S. will pre-position about 250 tanks, Bradley infantry fighting vehicles and self-propelled howitzers in eastern and central Europe in a move meant to reassure NATO allies unnerved by threats seen from Russia […]


 
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