Tag Archives: NATO

WEST: Former NATO Commander Stavridis Says Integrating Women Into Special Operations Might Not Be a Big Deal

WEST: Former NATO Commander Stavridis Says Integrating Women Into Special Operations Might Not Be a Big Deal

 Pfc. Christina Fuentes Montenegro prepares to hike to her platoon's defensive position during patrol week of Infantry Training Battalion near Camp Geiger, N.C. on Oct. 31, 2013. US Marine Corps Photo

Pfc. Christina Fuentes Montenegro prepares to hike to her platoon’s defensive position during patrol week of Infantry Training Battalion near Camp Geiger, N.C. on Oct. 31, 2013. US Marine Corps Photo

SAN DIEGO — When asked for his thoughts about the pending integration of women into the military’s male-only special operations forces, retired Adm. James G. Stavridis thought back a generation. Read More

WEST: Former NATO Commander Stavridis Warns ISIS Could Strike Marine Corps, Navy Fleet

WEST: Former NATO Commander Stavridis Warns ISIS Could Strike Marine Corps, Navy Fleet

Former NATO commander James Stavridis. VOA Photo

Former NATO commander James Stavridis. VOA Photo

SAN DIEGO — Fifteen years after the terrorist bombing of the USS Cole (DDG-67) that killed 17 sailors, Navy ships and other deployed U.S. forces face real threat of attack by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL), the former NATO supreme allied commander warned a defense conference in San Diego. Read More

Expert on NATO Calls for Permanent Alliance Military Presence in Baltics As Hedge Against Russia Military Action

Expert on NATO Calls for Permanent Alliance Military Presence in Baltics As Hedge Against Russia Military Action

Estonian troops conduct a march past during the Opening Ceremony for Ex STEADFAST JAZZ on the Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area, Poland, on Nov. 3, 2013. NATO Photo

Estonian troops conduct a march past during the Opening Ceremony for Ex STEADFAST JAZZ on the Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area, Poland, on Nov. 3, 2013. NATO Photo

A leading analyst on NATO policy called for the alliance to place a permanent military presence in Baltic member states as a hedge against a more active Russian military. Read More

Aegis Ashore Site To Reach 'Technical Capability Declaration' This Week, But Not Operational Until Early 2016

Aegis Ashore Site To Reach ‘Technical Capability Declaration’ This Week, But Not Operational Until Early 2016

U.S. Navy Sailors and American and Romanian contractors construct a U.S. Aegis Ashore missile defense system at Naval Support Faculty Deveselu, Romania in January 2015. US Navy photo.

U.S. Navy Sailors and American and Romanian contractors construct a U.S. Aegis Ashore missile defense system at Naval Support Faculty Deveselu, Romania in January 2015. US Navy photo.

U.S. and Romanian officials will make a “Technical Capability Declaration” for the first Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defense site this Friday, a formal announcement that the site has moved from construction to the integration phase – though still short of the goal for the system to go operational by the end of this year. Read More

Britain’s Anti-ISIS Strategy: More Air Strikes in Syria , No Ground Troops

Britain’s Anti-ISIS Strategy: More Air Strikes in Syria , No Ground Troops

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter and British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon conduct a joint news conference at the Pentagon Dec. 11, 2015. DoD Photo

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter and British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon conduct a joint news conference at the Pentagon Dec. 11, 2015. DoD Photo

Britain’s Minister of Defense detailed steps his government is taking to show it is “bringing the full force of the Royal Air Force to bear” on the Islamic State and that it is a nation planning to invest more than $265 billion on new military hardware over the next decade to remain a world power. Read More

Opinion: A New Approach to Dealing with ISIS

Opinion: A New Approach to Dealing with ISIS

French fighters leave for strikes against ISIS targets in Syria on Nov. 15, 2015. French Ministry of Defense Photo

French fighters leave for strikes against ISIS targets in Syria on Nov. 15, 2015. French Ministry of Defense Photo

The desire for some expressive use of military power to release pent-up anger in France and the Western world in response to the latest terrorist attack in Paris is reaching a new level. France responded with strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS, ISIL and also called Daesh) targets over the weekend. Read More

France to Sell Mistral Amphibs to Egypt

France to Sell Mistral Amphibs to Egypt

The two Mistrals built for Russia. Reuters Photo

The two Mistrals built for Russia. Reuters Photo

The French government is planning to sell two Mistral-class amphibious warships — built for Russia — to Egypt, according to a Wednesday morning statement from Élysée Palace. Read More