19 Nov 2018

NATO official warns EU force would be ‘unwise’

“A top uniformed NATO official warned Friday the European Union army concept endorsed by French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel would be ‘duplicative’ and ‘unwise.’ U.S. President Donald Trump called Macron’s comments ‘very insulting’ in a spate of Twitter posts as the two held a meeting last

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12 Nov 2018

Finland to probe reports of Russia disrupting GPS during NATO drill

NATO pilots participating in the massive Trident Juncture NATO exercise near the Russian border lost their GPS navigation signals. According to the Finnish Prime Minister, Russia is likely to blame. While Finland is not a NATO member, it participated in the massive drill that involved around 50,000 personnel. The PM

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08 Nov 2018

After Macron, EU executive echoes EU army call

“An EU army is likely to be formed one day, the European Commission said on Tuesday after French President Emmanuel Macron called for a ‘real European army’ to reduce dependence on the United States. Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, a former premier of Luxembourg, has long been a vocal supporter of

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25 Oct 2018

NATO chief sees new U.S. missile deployments in Europe as unlikely

“NATO’s top official on Wednesday blamed Russia for breaching a landmark nuclear arms pact that Washington is talking about quitting, but said he did not believe the Russian threat would lead to new deployments of U.S. missiles in Europe. In his first remarks since Washington announced on Saturday that it

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16 Oct 2018

NATO’s rapid reaction force coming into its own as an interoperability testbed

“NATO’s growing deterrence posture is pushing the allies’ interoperability problems to the fore in ways not seen since the Cold War years, but with a twist. It is less a matter of corps-to-corps identification of issues between the allies and more about what works or does not work in very

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04 Oct 2018

US to offer cyberwar capabilities to NATO allies

Following the US’s move towards a more proactive cyber posture, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis is expected to announce that the US will deploy their cybercapabilities, upon request, on behalf of its NATO allies. A principal deputy assistant defense secretary shared that the US will not, however, give up sole

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03 Oct 2018

NATO gears up for ‘biggest’ military ‘exercises in many years’

NATO is preparing for what is likely to be the largest military exercise since the Cold War. The exercises will take place in Norway during late October and into November, only months after China and Russia conducted their largest exercise since the Cold War. The drills are reportedly simulating “NATO’s

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21 Sep 2018

UK, France scramble fighter jets to Russia nuclear bombers by Scotland

Two Russian nuclear bombers approached the Scottish coast on Thursday, prompting the UK and France to scramble fighter jets in what the UK Defense Minister has called “a military challenge” and an “act of aggression.” The two bombers were unresponsive to air control and only changed course when confronted by

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19 Sep 2018

‘Fort Trump’: US considers permanent base in Poland

Poland has been inviting the US to open a permanent base in the country since the second Bush administration, and the US is increasingly considering the possibility under the Trump administration. Following a meeting with the Polish president, Trump stated, “Poland is willing to make a very major contribution to

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11 Sep 2018

More artillery, air defense: US Army beefs up its footprint in Germany

The U.S. is increasing its 33,000-strong force of permanently stationed troops in Germany by 1,500 in a display of “commitment to NATO and our collect resolve to support European security.” The additional troops represent new units of field artillery brigade, multiple-launch rocket system battalions, and a short-range air defense battalion.

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