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Estonian Defense Minister: Baltic Can Become 'Internal NATO Sea' With Sweden, Finland in Alliance

Estonian Defense Minister: Baltic Can Become ‘Internal NATO Sea’ With Sweden, Finland in Alliance

U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team 2/6, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepare to board a landing craft, air cushion in light armored vehicles during BALTOPS 22 in Ventspils, Latvia, June 12, 2022. U.S. Marine Corps Photo

When Turkey dropped its opposition to Sweden and Finland joining the transatlantic alliance this week, it opened up the path to turn the “Baltic [into an] internal NATO sea,” Estonia’s top defense official said Wednesday. Read More

CNO Gilday: Sweden, Finland's NATO Membership Poised to Change Allied Arctic Strategy

CNO Gilday: Sweden, Finland’s NATO Membership Poised to Change Allied Arctic Strategy

CNO Adm. Mike Gilday arrives at the BALTOPS22 closing reception aboard the Blue Ridge-class command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) in Kiel, Germany, June 17, 2022. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON NAVY YARD — Finland and Sweden joining the NATO alliance would fundamentally alter naval strategy and operations in the Baltic Sea and Arctic Basin, the heads of the French and American navies said today. Read More

U.S., Allies Increase Training Rate for Equipment Earmarked For Ukraine, Says National Security Advisor

U.S., Allies Increase Training Rate for Equipment Earmarked For Ukraine, Says National Security Advisor

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Christian Hernandez, a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System Operator (HIMARS) with 5th Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, observes the terrain in front of an AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar with Marine Air Control Group (MACG) 18 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, June 13, 2022, in support of Valiant Shield 2022. U.S. Marine Corps Photo

The United States, United Kingdom and Germany have increased the pace for training Ukrainian forces on sophisticated artillery so they will be able to use more advanced systems against Russian advances in Donbas, White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said Thursday. Read More

Baltic States Need More NATO Forces to Deter a Russian Invasion, Says Estonian Official

Baltic States Need More NATO Forces to Deter a Russian Invasion, Says Estonian Official

U.S. Marines with 2d Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion attached to Task Group 61/2.4, speak to a UH-1Y crew chief with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 264 before boarding near Saaremaa, Estonia, May 22, 2022. US Marine Corps Photo

Despite the Kremlin’s heavy losses in invading Ukraine, the Russians are “going to come back stronger” in a year or so to threaten the Baltics, Estonian Ministry of Defence Permanent Secretary said on Thursday. Read More

Finland, Sweden Will Bolster NATO in Baltic, Says EUCOM Nominee Cavoli

Finland, Sweden Will Bolster NATO in Baltic, Says EUCOM Nominee Cavoli

The U.S. Army Europe and Africa Command Commanding General Gen. Christopher G. Cavoli delivers a speech during the 7th Army Training Command change of command ceremony at Tower Barracks in Grafenwoehr, Germany, June 2, 2021. U.S. Army

The nominee to be the next top commander of United States forces in Europe told the Senate Armed Services Committee this week that he “looks forward to the accession” of Finland and Sweden to NATO to bolster the alliance’s defenses, particularly in the Baltic Sea and High North. Read More