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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NATO Issues London Declaration

Issued by the Heads of State and Government participating in the meeting of the North Atlantic Council in London 3-4 December 2019 Today, we gather in London, NATO’s first home, to celebrate seventy years of the strongest and most successful Alliance in history, and mark the thirtieth anniversary of the fall of the Iron Curtain. NATO guarantees the security of our territory and our one billion citizens, our freedom, and the values we share, including democracy, individual liberty, human rights, and the rule of law. Solidarity, unity, and cohesion are…

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Secretary General Marks $1 Billion Contract to Modernize NATO AWACS Fleet

November 27, 2019 – NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the President of Boeing International, Sir Michael Arthur, met at Melsbroek Airport in Brussels on Wednesday (27 November 2019) to mark a major investment in the Alliance’s fleet of AWACS surveillance aircraft. NATO’s 1 billion dollar contract with Boeing will modernize the AWACS fleet, ensuring they continue to support the Alliance’s missions to 2035. “NATO AWACS have been our eyes in the sky, supporting our operations for decades, from patrolling American skies after 9/11, to our operations in Afghanistan, and…

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The Origins of NATO

This December, the world will watch as heads of state and government and military leaders gather at the NorthAtlantic Treaty Organization’s Leaders’ Meeting in London. With the commemoration of the Alliance’s 70th anniversary, this past year has served to honor NATO’s achievements. To round off this historic year, the NATO Leaders’ Meeting in December presents an important opportunity to jointly assess challenges and opportunities and highlight NATO’s enduring value as it adapts to a changing world. Building on the success of NATO Engages Brussels 2018 and NATO Engages Washington, DC…

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Pakistani Frigate Joins with HMCS Halifax and NATO Ships in Exercise

November 10, 2019 – Pakistan Navy ship Alamgir (ex-USS McInerney) arrived in Turkey for a 12-day multinational maritime exercise. In a statement, Pakistan Navy said the ship reached the Aknaz Naval Base in the Aegean Sea off Mugla’s coast on Saturday. It will participate in the Dogu Akdeniz-19 (Eastern Mediterranean) drill which will run through Nov. 20, Capt. Muhammad Akram said. The aim of the exercise is to operate in a multi-threat environment while providing advance training opportunities to the participants, it added. The naval forces of the U.S., Turkey,…

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Secretary General: NATO is the bedrock of European and transatlantic security

November 7, 2019 – Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg delivered remarks at the Körber Global Leaders Dialogue in Berlin on Thursday (7 November 2019), stressing the importance of NATO as the bedrock of European and transatlantic security. Speaking two days before the thirtieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, he said: “The bond between Europe and North America made it possible to reintegrate Germany into the European and international community, to end the Cold War without a shot being fired, and to create the conditions for European integration.”

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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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NATO Allied Nations Complete Dynamic Mariner 2019

October 18, 2019 – 18 Allied nations participated in the NATO Maritime Command’s exercise Dynamic Mariner 2019 off the coast of Spain Oct. 8 through Oct. 18. The exercise brought together 32 surface ships, 2 submarines and 18 aircraft, and enabled participants to train together across all maritime warfare areas. While NATO Maritime Command sponsored and evaluated the exercise, the Spanish Maritime Force Commander exercised operational control of all forces, acting as the Maritime Component Commander in a simulated NATO Response Force (NRF) operation. “Dynamic Mariner was a tremendous effort…

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Discover the role of a NATO maritime expert

September 19, 2019 – Paul Beckley grew up in Long Island in south-eastern New York State. When he was a young boy, he liked watching the fishing boats entering the marina. “I loved the smell of the salt air,” says Paul. “Few years after, I joined the US Naval Academy. I was 18 years old.” “Imagine 8,000 personnel of both ships doing at the same time complex manoeuvres and sharing of resources between their naval vessels to host their respective aircraft. Everything went well. It was an amazing and humbling…

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