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The race is on to replace NATO’s early-warning aircraft fleet
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The race is on to replace NATO’s early-warning aircraft fleet

On June 29, a solicitation titled, “NATO International Competitive Bidding (ICB): Alliance Future Surveillance and Control (AFSC) Project-Risk Reduction and Feasibility Study,” popped up on Beta.Sam.Gov, a U.S. government contracting site. The appearance of the notice represented an early, but important, step in a long process of finding a replacement for NATO’s fleet of airborne early warning and...

Eastern European NATO allies ramp up drone buys to protect their borders
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Eastern European NATO allies ramp up drone buys to protect their borders

WARSAW, Poland — As Russia’s military activities in the Baltic and Black seas mount pressure on NATO’s eastern flank, a number of Eastern European countries are developing programs to acquire UAVs for their militaries. In Romania, local analysts say the country’s Ministry of National Defence aims to boost the military’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities...

Turkish Aggression Is NATO’s ‘Elephant in the Room’
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Turkish Aggression Is NATO’s ‘Elephant in the Room’

Despite being a NATO member, Turkey has bought Russian air defense. And a recent push into Libya and its energy ambitions nearly led to armed conflicts with France and Greece. BRUSSELS — The warships were escorting a vessel suspected of smuggling weapons into Libya, violating a United Nations arms embargo. Challenged by a French naval...

NATO Navies and Air Forces exercise in the Baltic Sea
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NATO Navies and Air Forces exercise in the Baltic Sea

Around 3,000 personnel from 19 NATO Allies and partners are taking part in the annual BALTOPS naval exercise that kicked off in the Baltic Sea on Sunday. To ensure the safety and health of participating military personnel, BALTOPS 2020 will take place exclusively at seaThe 49th BALTOPS exercise, which runs until 16 June, involves maritime...

Greece looks to NATO to play its role with regard to Turkey
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Greece looks to NATO to play its role with regard to Turkey

Greece expects NATO to play its role with regard to Turkish activities in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean, Prime Minister Mitsotakis has indicated, saying that the alliance’s “hands-off approach” is no longer acceptable to him. “I think within NATO it is very clear that this hands-off approach – that ‘oh we have two NATO...

Saving NATO’s Foundation
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Saving NATO’s Foundation

Transatlantic defense cooperation is a little like the weather: everybody talks about it, but nothing much seems to happen. Meanwhile, Europe is building a separate “European” defense industry, based in part on shortsighted, if not downright misguided, calculations of self-interest. For its part, the United States is tentative at best and ambivalent at worst about...

NATO boosts scientific cooperation with Ukraine
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NATO boosts scientific cooperation with Ukraine

The long-standing partnership between NATO and Ukraine includes strong scientific cooperation in a variety of domains, such as counter-terrorism, advanced technologies, cyber defence, energy security, and defence against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear agents. Tailored cooperation and dialogue with Ukraine is deepening, thanks to the country’s new status as an Enhanced Opportunities Partner, since June...

Poland announces US troops deployment on eastern border
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Poland announces US troops deployment on eastern border

Washington will deploy at least 1,000 soldiers in Poland and oversee forces on NATO’s eastern flank, Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said Friday after the US announced a massive troop pullout from Germany. US Defence Secretary Mark Esper said on Wednesday the Pentagon will be sending home about 6,400 military personnel from Germany, and move nearly...