Tag Archives: NATO

SECDEF Mattis' New 'Four Thirties' Initiative Designed to Reinforce NATO Against Russia

SECDEF Mattis’ New ‘Four Thirties’ Initiative Designed to Reinforce NATO Against Russia

Marines and Sailors with Marine Rotational Force-Europe 18.1 advance to their assault position during a platoon counter-attack during Exercise Hedgehog at Tsooru, Estonia on May 9, 2018. US Marine Corps Photo

THE PENTAGON – For the past few years the Pentagon beefed up its ability to respond to Russian military action, and now it appears the rest of NATO is likewise willing to focus on protecting the alliance’s eastern frontier.

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Report to Congress on U.S.-Canada Relations

Report to Congress on U.S.-Canada Relations

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis meets with Canada’s Minister of Defense Harjit Sajjan May 22, 2017, at the Pentagon. DoD Photo

The following is the June 14, 2018 Congressional Research Service report, Canada-U.S. Relations. Read More

BALTOPS 2018 Continues Emphasis on Air-Sea Integration, Complex Free-Play Phase

BALTOPS 2018 Continues Emphasis on Air-Sea Integration, Complex Free-Play Phase

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Tyler Pokego, Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team 2/6, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, charges up a beach dune during a simulated amphibious assault as part of Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2018 in Klaipeda, Lithuania. US Navy photo

This post has been updated to include additional information from the Navy.

THE PENTAGON — The annual Baltic Operations exercise is underway for the 46th time, continuing last year’s priorities of increasing the integration of aircraft and ships and boosting the difficulty of the free-play phase that concludes the exercise. Read More

Panel: Ukraine Unrest Remains Major NATO Focus

Panel: Ukraine Unrest Remains Major NATO Focus

Pro-Russian separatists at a check point in Kharkiv in Eastern Ukraine on 2014.

The ongoing strife in Ukraine is the on the top of NATO’s agenda in dealing with Russia, agreed alliance representatives from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom on Wednesday at the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C. Read More

CNO: 'Dynamic Force Employment' Could Allow More High-End Training for Strike Groups

CNO: ‘Dynamic Force Employment’ Could Allow More High-End Training for Strike Groups

The aircraft carriers USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and their strike groups are underway, conducting operations in international waters as part of a three-carrier strike force exercise on Nov. 12, 2017. US Navy photo.

ABOARD USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH — As the Navy looks at shaking up its deployment patterns to become more responsive to world events and more unpredictable to adversaries, one key benefit may be more time available for high-end training closer to home. Read More

Ambassador: Aegis Ashore Program Focused on Rogue States, Not Russia

Ambassador: Aegis Ashore Program Focused on Rogue States, Not Russia

Romanian Aegis Ashore site. U.S. Missile Defense Agency Photo

With Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defense systems set to operate in Poland by the end of the year and currently active in Romania, all NATO members will be covered against Iran and North Korea’s ballistic missile threats, the Romanian ambassador to the U.S. said on Wednesday. Read More

Panel: Japan Should Look to Conventional Deterrents to Curb North Korean Threat

Panel: Japan Should Look to Conventional Deterrents to Curb North Korean Threat

Japan Ground Self Defense Force soldiers establish security after exiting an Assault Amphibian Vehicle, during Exercise Iron Fist 2017, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. on Feb. 25, 2017. US Marine Corps Photo

Long-range strike capabilities, building up amphibious forces, improved missile defense and deploying Aegis Ashore are steps Tokyo can take in deterring an aggressive North Korea at the same time, two of Japan’s leading security experts said Wednesday. Read More

Foggo: U.S. Needs More Forward Presence in Mediterranean Sea

Foggo: U.S. Needs More Forward Presence in Mediterranean Sea

A wave crashes over the forecastle of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG-64) while underway in the Mediterranean Sea on Jan. 22, 2018. US Navy Photo

The Eastern Mediterranean is becoming “one of the most kinetic areas in the world,” as the U.S., NATO, Russia and China operate more and more in the crowded region, the Navy’s top officer in Europe said on Tuesday. Read More