Tag Archives: NATO

U.S. European Command Emphasis Shifting to Russian Deterrence

U.S. European Command Emphasis Shifting to Russian Deterrence

US Marines with the Black Sea Rotational Force, fires TOW anti-tank missile on July 8 in Bulgaria. US Marine Corps Photo

US Marines with the Black Sea Rotational Force, fires TOW anti-tank missile on July 8 in Bulgaria. US Marine Corps Photo

By quadrupling spending to counter a mounting threat from Moscow, the United States’ military emphasis in Europe has shifted from reassuring allies and partners to deterring Russia from “exercising malign influence [and using] coercion” to bully countries on its western and southern borders, witnesses told a key House panel Wednesday. Read More

Atlantic Council Argues For NATO Naval Force in Black Sea, Coordination In Arctic

Atlantic Council Argues For NATO Naval Force in Black Sea, Coordination In Arctic

U.S. Marines from India Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment participate in an amphibious landing exercise in Ustka, Poland, during BALTOPS 2016. US Navy photo.

U.S. Marines from India Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment participate in an amphibious landing exercise in Ustka, Poland, during the NATO exercise BALTOPS 2016. US Navy photo.

NATO members must increase the alliance’s military capabilities, position additional forces in the Baltics and Eastern Europe, establish a maritime force in the Black Sea and bolster its presence in the Arctic, all to counter Russia’s growing military strength and increasingly belligerent behavior toward its neighbors, the Atlantic Council said in a new report. Read More

Foggo: Russia Safely, Professionally Watching NATO Naval Exercise After Recent Talks

Foggo: Russia Safely, Professionally Watching NATO Naval Exercise After Recent Talks

BALTOPS 2016 participants steam in formation during a photo exercise June 10, 2016. BALTOPS is an annual recurring multinational exercise designed to improve interoperability, enhance flexibility and demonstrate the resolve of allied and partner nations to defend the Baltic region. French Air Force photo.

BALTOPS 2016 participants steam in formation during a photo exercise June 10, 2016. BALTOPS is an annual recurring multinational exercise designed to improve interoperability, enhance flexibility and demonstrate the resolve of allied and partner nations to defend the Baltic region. French Air Force photo.

Russian navy activity around an ongoing annual NATO exercise in the Baltic Sea has been more muted than last year – and much more professional than a low-altitude fly-by of an American destroyer by a Russian fighter in April – partly due to heavy criticism of Russia’s unsafe behavior and partly due to recent face-to-face conversations, a top U.S. Navy commander in the region said. Read More

U.S. Marines Amass Forces, Prepositioned Gear For Saber Strike 16 With NATO Allies

U.S. Marines Amass Forces, Prepositioned Gear For Saber Strike 16 With NATO Allies

A fleet of military vehicles wait pier side in preparation of Exercise Saber Strike 16 in Riga, Latvia, June 4, 2016. The vehicles were transported by a British Roll-On, Roll-Off ship from Norway for the exercise. US Marine Corps photo.

A fleet of military vehicles wait pier side in preparation of Exercise Saber Strike 16 in Riga, Latvia, June 4, 2016. The vehicles were transported by a British Roll-On, Roll-Off ship from Norway for the exercise. US Marine Corps photo.

Ground forces from 13 nations are rehearsing in Latvia and Estonia amassing a large-scale force for a future crisis – from loading prepositioned equipment from caves in Norway onto a ship, to organizing the force in theater, to launching an assault. Read More