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NATO and U.S. Baltic Sea Exercises Highlight Ongoing Tensions with Russian Forces

NATO and U.S. Baltic Sea Exercises Highlight Ongoing Tensions with Russian Forces

Construction Mechanic 2nd Class Steven Montgomery, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1, directs an amphibious assault vehicle during exercise BALTOPS 17 in Putlos, Germany. US Navy Photo

ABOARD AMPHIBIOUS WARSHIP USS ARLINGTON — BALTOPS 2017, now in its 45th year as an annual naval exercise, took place during the first two weeks of June in a Baltic Sea region that continues to be tense with Russia’s continued assertiveness, which became apparent with the violent annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. Read More

Cold War Allies U.K., U.S. and Norway Team Up for a New Generation of Russian Sub Hunts

Cold War Allies U.K., U.S. and Norway Team Up for a New Generation of Russian Sub Hunts

A P-8A Poseidon aircraft assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 16, arrives in Keflavik, Iceland, for anti-submarine warfare training. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON — Cold War allies U.K., Norway and U.S. agreed on Thursday to more closely tie operations of the trio’s sub-hunting aircraft together and set the stage for joint efforts to hunt Russian submarines in the North Atlantic. Read More

BALTOPS 2017 Focuses On Air Integration To Support Realistic Coalition Warfighting Scenarios

BALTOPS 2017 Focuses On Air Integration To Support Realistic Coalition Warfighting Scenarios

U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines deployed from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, land their amphibious assault vehicles ashore at Uto, Sweden, on June 10, 2016, during BALTOPS 2016. The 2016 exercise focused on challenging amphibious landings in the northern part of the Baltic Sea, whereas this year will focus on air integration and will primarily take place in the southern part of the Baltic Sea. US Navy photo.

THE PENTAGON — Fifty ships set sail in the Baltic Sea this week for the annual NATO exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS), with this year’s event including a larger aviation component and a larger adversary “red force” in the hopes of creating a realistic scenario for high-end warfare in Europe, the Navy’s 6th Fleet commander told reporters today. Read More

U.S. Cyber Forces Face Security Clearance Challenges

U.S. Cyber Forces Face Security Clearance Challenges

Sailors stand at attention in formation in the hangar bay of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). US Navy Photo

Moving qualified service members through the security clearance process to be part of the rapidly expanding cyber mission force has been a challenge for the military, a key Senate panel was told on Tuesday. Read More

Zukunft: Changing Arctic Could Lead to Armed U.S. Icebreakers in Future Fleet

Zukunft: Changing Arctic Could Lead to Armed U.S. Icebreakers in Future Fleet

The 420-foot Coast Guard Cutter Healy breaks ice in the Bering Sea to assist the tanker Renda on Jan. 8, 2012. US Coast Guard Photo

The U.S. Coast Guard has begun work to design and buy three heavy and three medium polar icebreakers, but the service reserves the right to increase the size of the program or even add offensive weapons to them if needed to respond to a rapidly changing Arctic environment, the commandant said. Read More

CYBERCOM Head Rogers: U.S. Should ‘Publicly Out’ Kremlin Cyber Attacks

CYBERCOM Head Rogers: U.S. Should ‘Publicly Out’ Kremlin Cyber Attacks

Adm. Michael S. Rogers, Commander of the U.S. Cyber Command and Director of the National Security Agency, spoke to cadets and staff and faculty during a Leader Professional Development Session at the United States Military Academy on Jan. 9, 2017. USMA Photo

The United States needs to make it clear it is unacceptable and there is a price to pay if any adversary takes action like manipulating voter registration rolls, the head of U.S. Cyber Command told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday. Read More