NATO Nations Cannot Be Complacent, Milley Says

By Jim Garamone January 14, 2020 – Army Gen. Mark A. Milley said people need to remember why NATO began in 1949. The defensive alliance was put in place to prevent the outbreak of great power war, and that’s still a valid task, the chairman said. “Sometimes, people can become complacent and assume that peace is the state of nature,” he added. “Peace doesn’t happen by accident: It happens because of effort, resources, commitment, allies banding together … to maintain a strong, cohesive alliance.”  This alliance is important. … It’s important to…

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Without MUSI Membership, is the RCN Uninterested in Undersea Warfare?

December 12, 2019 – Sadly, the Royal Canadian Navy, which used to take great pride in the ability, no longer appears interested in undersea warfare such as minesweeping, a capability lacking since 1964. Most of the major NATO members belong to this prestigious group. More than 230 representatives from Allied nations, NATO staffs and the defense industry gathered at NATO headquarters for a three day symposium (4-5 December 2019) to address the latest trends in unmanned underwater warfare. Organized by NATO’s Maritime Unmanned Systems Initiative – or MUSI – experts…

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NATO ships test next generation of electronic warfare defences

October 31, 2019 – Thirteen NATO countries are taking part in simulated air and missile defence drills off the United Kingdom’s southern coast from Thursday (31 October 2019). The 6-day Naval Electro Magnetic Operations – or “NEMO” – trials will test how allied navies can defend themselves against anti-ship cruise and hypersonic missiles using state-of-the-art electronic defenses. “NEMO 19 shows how Allies are working together to protect NATO forces from the threat of cruise and hypersonic missiles,” said NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu. “This is NATO’s largest maritime electronic warfare exercise…

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Eighteen NATO countries take part in the Dynamic Mariner/Flotex-19

October 7, 2019 – More than 4,500 military personnel from eighteen countries take part from today until the 18th in the exercise of NATO Dynamic Mariner / Flotex-19, which aims to prepare to respond to the crisis situations in the maritime field that the Atlantic Alliance needs . This training, in which 26 surface vessels, two submarines and 21 aircraft from 12 countries will participate, will take place mainly in waters near the Spanish south coast. In addition, the Dynamic Mariner / Flotex-19 exercise will be part of the process…

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Over 40 ships begin exercise Northern Coasts in the Baltic Sea

September 3, 2019 – Around 3,000 troops and more than 40 vessels from 18 nations are taking part in the annual Northern Coasts naval exercise that starts on 3 September in Copenhagen. Northern Coasts will take place near the Danish straits connecting the Baltic Sea to the North Sea, as well as between Kiel and Bornholm. It will run until 19 September. “The Baltic Sea is of vital importance for the Alliance and is bordered by six NATO countries”, said NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu. “Northern Coasts is now in its…

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106th NATO Electronic Warfare Advisory Committee (NEWAC) convenes in Brussels

June 7, 2019 – On 5th to 7th June, the NATO Electronic Warfare Advisory Committee held its 106th Plenary meeting at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels. Since its inception in 1949, NATO has continuously evolved by recognizing potential threats and adapting to counter and defend against them. Electronic Warfare is just one of many areas where NATO is working to ensure that it is prepared to continue to uphold its founding principles and pursue its core tasks. The NATO Electronic Warfare Advisory Committee’s mission is to enhance NATO’s Electronic Warfare…

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NATO Trains to Keep Sea Lanes Clear

February 7, 2019 – The sea lanes are vital to the health and wellbeing of a nation. These strategic byways allow trade, travel and the movement of resources. NATO maintains two groups of mine countermeasures ships ready to respond to a crisis if needed. In order to maintain a high level of readiness, NATO conducts training exercises to keep sailors skills sharp. Over the past two weeks, more than 160 naval personnel from 21 NATO and Partner nations met at the NATO Mine Countermeasures School (EGUERMIN), in Oostende, Belgium to…

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Signature of the North Atlantic Treaty – April 4th 1949 in Washington

On April 4th 1949, the North Atlantic Treaty was signed by Norway, Denmark, The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Italy, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Iceland, Canada and the United States. This union of 12 nations became known as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or more simply NATO. They were sworn to stand together against aggression. An attack against one, would be an attack against all.

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