NATO Shows Its Teeth To Russia

Dozens of Nato landing craft churned through the Baltic’s grey waters. Further out at sea, huge warships – the US’s San Antonio, Britain’s Ocean and Poland’s Lublin – filled the horizon. On the beach, DVs – short for distinguished visitors – including the UK defence secretary, Michael Fallon, were watching. The landing craft, especially the mega hovercraft of the Americans, were monstrous, on a scale that would have awed D-day veterans. Eurofighter Typhoons flew overhead. Marines raced out to...
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China, US Sign ‘Rare Agreement’ to Deepen Military Ties

The US and China have signed a rare agreement to strengthen ties and develop a more productive military relationship. However, mistrust still remains, with Beijing saying progress can only be made if Washington respects China’s South China Sea ambitions. The understanding mainly concerns a deepening of cooperation between the two nations, following a meeting between Fan Changlong, the vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission and US Defense Secretary, Ashton Carter. Fan and US a...
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NATO Ships, 5,600 Troops in Baltic Drill

Around 50 vessels from 17 countries, involving overall 5,600 troops, will be taking part in US-led exercise BALTOPS in the Baltic Sea starting June 5. In 15 days, NATO allies will show their eagerness and ability to protect the region. Featuring anti-submarine warfare, air defense, interception of suspect vessels and amphibious landings, the annual BALTOPS will run through June 20. This year’s excursive will see 49 ships, 61 aircraft, a submarine and an amphibious landing force of 700 troo...
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Russia to Participate in South China Sea Drill

Russia will take part in naval military exercises together with its Asia Pacific allies, according to Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov. Speaking on Saturday in Singapore, Antonov announced Russia's planned participation in the May 2016 drills which have a focus on counter-terrorism and naval security. Antonov also said he was concerned about stability in the region, naming the US as the main destabilizing factor. He said that Washington's policies have been aimed against Rus...
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Russia, China Hold Navy Exercise in Mediterranean

The Russian and Chinese navies recently held their first joint exercise in the Mediterranean Sea. According to naval representatives from both countries, the Sea Cooperation-2015 drill has shown that Russia and China are ready to jointly respond to threats at sea, even if such threats emanate a long distance away from their naval bases. Significantly, the Russian missile cruiser Moskva’s home port Sevastopol was used as the main headquarters of the exercise. Russia has in effect dec...
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China, Russia Launch Massive Naval Drill

The Russian and Chinese navies began a 10-day training exercise in the Mediterranean Sea on Monday. Commenting on the drills, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov has said that the naval training missions were not directed at any third country. Sources say groups of nine vessels from the two countries are taking part in the maneuvers. The ships involved in the drills had already been participating in international anti-piracy escort missions in the Gulf of Aden and off the Somal...
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Putin and Xi Display Friendship on Victory Day

At first sight, things look very different now. When President Xi Jinping of China took pride of place next to Vladimir Putin of Russia on Saturday, they looked like any other modern world leaders: pragmatic men-in-suits, full of smiles, temporary possessors of power rather than dictators-for-life. Back in 1949, when Chairman Mao Tse-tung paid his first visit to Moscow to celebrate Comrade Joseph Stalin's 70th Birthday, it was a paean of old-school Communism. Children in Yo...
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NATO to Hold Cyber Defense Drill

About 400 computer experts will participate in a major cybersecurity drill in Estonia this week as part of NATO's efforts to upgrade its capability to counter potentially debilitating hacker attacks. Teams from 16 nations will participate in the Locked Shields 2015 exercise at NATO's cyber defense center in Tallinn. The annual drill is one of the largest of its kind. Organizers on Tuesday said a key theme this year is the potential threat caused by the migration from the Windows 8 operating sy...
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British Troops Invade North Carolina in Drill

More than 2,100 American and British paratroopers will jump into Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on Monday for the start of a massive exercise that marks the next step forward in a unique relationship between the two nations' airborne units. The Combined Joint Operational Access Exercise is the largest U.S.-U.K. bilateral airborne training operation to take place on Fort Bragg in the last 20 years. It will feature paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team and about 90...
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Norway’s Air Defenses on Full Alert

From his command post burrowed deep into a mountain of quartz and slate north of the Arctic Circle, the 54-year-old commander of Norway's military headquarters watches time flowing backward, pushed into reverse by surging Russian military activity redolent of East-West sparring during the Cold War. "I am what you could call a seasoned Cold Warrior," the commander, Lt. Gen. Morten Haga Lunde, said, speaking in an underground complex built to withstand a nuclear blast. As a result, he added, he...
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United States & Israel Test Missile Defense

The United States and Israel have successfully tested a new missile system known as David's Sling, American and Israeli officials say. Trials of the new Israeli missile system being developed in partnership with the US began last week and ended on Tuesday, officials reviewing the project said on Wednesday. The trial was carried out this week in central Israel by the Israeli Military Affairs Ministry and the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency (MDA), the officials noted. During the trial, ...
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DHS Drill Features Nuke Attack on Border

Many law enforcement and first responders will participate in a practice drill to test the readiness and communication in the event of a widespread disaster. The drill will simulate an emergency involving the detonation of a weapon of mass destruction near the U.S./Mexico border that causes a mass migration of about 3,000 people. The six-hour drillwill take place at Santa Teresa High School beginning 8 a.m. Tuesday. The drill will be conducted by Dona Ana County and the Las Cruc...
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