11 Feb 2019

Here’s how Russia could still sabotage Macedonia’s plans to join NATO

Nearly thirty years after the collapse of the USSR and the end of the Cold War, many countries caught up in Russia’s regional influence are still struggling to “pick a side.” In North Macedonia (until recently, just “Macedonia”), politicians have been working towards NATO membership for many years, an effort

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21 Nov 2018

State Department clears $944 million in missiles for Japan, NATO

“The U.S. State Department cleared a trio of foreign military sales Monday, with an eye on arming some of America’s closest partners. The potential sales, announced by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), include a package of SM-3 missiles for Japan at an estimated cost of $561 million, a tranche

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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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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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20 Aug 2018

Norway confirms plan to double number of U.S. Marines training near Russian border

Norway and the U.S. will double the number of U.S. Marines (from around 300 to 700) training near the Russian border next year as the country increases defenses amidst growing fears of Russian military activity. Russia has promised that the move will lead to destabilization of the region and force

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