New NATO Hub Will Gather the Alliance’s Cyber Defenders

February 12, 2019 – Cyber defenders from across the Alliance have a new community where they can exchange information, share best practices and work together in an encrypted workspace with secure video, voice, chat and information gathering capabilities. The community was launched today (12 February 2019) by the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA). Computer emergency response teams from five countries are already connected to NATO’s protected business network: Belgium, France, Netherlands, United Kingdom, and United States. Access to the network will roll out to all 29 Nations later this…

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Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2)

Commander SNMG2 Commodore  Boudewijn Boots Royal Netherlands Navy Flagship – HNLMS Evertsen Royal Netherlands Navy F-805 – De Zeven Provinciën-Class Frigate HMCS Toronto Royal Canadian Navy FFH 333 – Halifax Class Frigate TCG Gelibolu Turkish Navy F493 – Gabya Class Guided-Missile Frigates (former Oliver Hazard Perry-class) ESPS Santa Maria Spanish Navy F81 – Santa Maria Class Frigate FGS Bonn German Navy A1413 – Berlin Class Replenishment Ship ALS Butrinti Albanian Naval Force P134 – Damen Stan 4207 patrol boat HS Kalypso Hellenic Navy M64 – Osprey Class Coastal Minehunter HS…

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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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NATO Heads of State and Government to Meet in London

February 6, 2019 – I am pleased to announce that Allies have agreed that the next meeting of NATO Heads of State and Government will take place in London in December 2019. We are grateful to the United Kingdom for agreeing to host this meeting in NATO’s 70th anniversary year. London was the home of NATO’s first headquarters. The United Kingdom was one of the Alliance’s twelve founding members and continues to play a key role in the Alliance, making essential contributions to our shared security. The meeting in London…

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NATO Chiefs of Defence focus on NATO’s Readiness and its Deterrence and Defence Posture

January 24, 2019 – The NATO Chiefs of Defence concluded their two-day meeting focused on NATO’s Military Strategy, the Alliance’s Readiness and Deterrence as well as on the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, the Western Balkans, NATO- Georgia relations, and Alliance Strategic Developments and Warfare Development. On Tuesday 15 January, the NATO Chiefs of Defence dedicated the first series of sessions to discussing the current and future strategic challenges faced by the Alliance and assessing the status of ongoing measures, such as the development of the Military Strategy, the…

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Ville de Quebec Home From SNMG2

January 21, 2019 – HMCS Ville de Quebec has completed her six-month deployment with Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) and returned to Halifax today. On January 19, 2019, HMCS Toronto left Halifax to take her place as the maritime component of Operation REASSURANCE, Canada’s contribution to NATO’s assurance and deterrence measures in Central and Eastern Europe. After several years absence, it is nice to see Canada maintaining NATO duty at sea. Official RCN photos

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US and Denmark take command of two NATO naval groups

January 16, 2019 – NATO’s standing naval forces are integrated into the NATO Response Force, and provide the Alliance with a continuous presence at sea. These multinational forces regularly carry out patrols, exercises and port visits, work with partners, and can be rapidly deployed in times of tension or crisis. They also support the Alliance’s Aegean deployment – helping to cut lines of illegal migration between Greece and Turkey. NATO’s naval forces consist of four groups: Standing NATO Maritime Groups 1 and 2, and Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Groups 1…

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NATO 2019 Bureaucracy Budget to be a Whopping €250.5 Million

December 19, 2018 – NATO Allies have agreed the civil and military budgets for 2019. At a meeting of the North Atlantic Council on Tuesday (18 December 2018), Allies agreed a civil budget of €250.5 million and a military budget of €1.395 billion for 2019. All member countries contribute to these budgets, according to an agreed cost-sharing formula based on Gross National Income. In the face of a more demanding security environment, NATO continues to adapt – including through the modernization of the NATO Command Structure, and a functional review…

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Canada Falls to 16th in Defense Spending

December 18, 2018 – Global defence expenditure grew by 4.9 percent in 2018, the fastest growth rate since 2008, according to the annual Jane’s Defence Budget report, released today by business information provider IHS Markit. Global defence spending grew for the fifth consecutive year to reach a total of USD1.78 trillion in 2018, significantly exceeding the post-Cold War record of USD1.69 trillion in 2010, according to the report. Fueling this global growth was a 5.8 percent boost to NATO spending, which totaled USD54 billion, largely due to higher defence spending…

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