NATO Leader Stresses Need for North American Participation

On Tuesday (5 October), speaking at an event hosted by Brookings Institution and Georgetown University in Washington D.C., NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said: “The need for transatlantic unity is greater today than at any time since the end of the Cold War”. “We must always take our differences seriously and address them, but they do not change the big…

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30 NATO Chiefs of Defense Discuss Changing Nature of Warfare

September 18, 2021 – NATO’s thirty Chiefs of Defence gathered in Athens, Greece for the fall session of the Military Committee Conference 2021. The agenda for the Conference was challenging but necessary so that the Military Committee, in its highest format, could provide guidance to the Strategic Commanders and advice to the NATO Secretary General and the North Atlantic Council.…

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NATO Adds 400 Bureaucrats

On 8 September 2021, Joint Support and Enabling Command (JSEC) declared Full Operational Capability (FOC) and marked the occasion with a ceremony presided over by its Commander, Lieutenant General Jürgen Knappe. Distinguished guests included the Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Tod Wolters, the German State Secretary, Thomas Silberhorn, and the Director General of the NATO International Military Staff, Lieutenant General…

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Statement by the North Atlantic Council on Microsoft Exchange Server Attacks

Issued July 19, 2021 1. We observe with increasing concern that cyber threats to the security of the Alliance are complex, destructive, coercive, and becoming ever more frequent. This has been recently illustrated by ransomware incidents and other malicious cyber activity, targeting our critical infrastructure and democratic institutions, as well as exploiting weaknesses in hardware and software supply chains. 2.…

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NATO Standing Naval Forces participate in the 50th iteration of Exercise BALTOPS

Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) and Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One (SNMCMG1) concluded their successful participation in the U.S.-led Exercise Baltops 50 on June 18, 2021. Exercise Baltops is the premier annual maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Sea region, which ran from June 6-18, 2021 this year. It was designed to enhance mutual interoperability and heighten operational readiness…

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NATO trains to closer integrate maritime and land domains

Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) practiced integration with NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence elements on June 12, 2021 at the Putlos training area range in Germany. SNMG1 ships HDMS Absalon, KNM Storm and HMCS Halifax carried out a Naval Surface Fire Support serial, engaging targets directed by the Army Fire Direction teams from NATO enhanced Forward Presence units from Poland…

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Admiral Rob Bauer begins his tenure as Chair of the NATO Military Committee

On June 25th, Admiral Rob Bauer of the Royal Netherlands Navy took over as Chair of the NATO Military Committee. Elected in October 2020, Admiral Bauer begins his three-year tenure just one week after the Brussels Summit with Heads of State and Government. With the ambitious NATO 2030 agenda agreed, the Chair will be guiding the Military Committee to provide…

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German Navy History of BALTOPS

Author Frigate Captain Göran Swistek is visiting scholar at the Science and Politics Foundation in Berlin. From 2015 to 2017 he was responsible for the planning and implementation of BALTOPS at STRIKFORNATO. June 19, 2021 (Google Translation) – As early as 1970 gathered under US United States- American leadership of naval units of the NATO Baltic Sea countries Denmark, Norway…

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Vice Admiral Scott Bishop Turns Over Command if CFINTCOM

June 15, 2021 – The Canadian Forces Intelligence Command (CFINTCOM) completed a change of command ceremony today between Vice-Admiral Scott Bishop and Major-General Michael Wright. The COVID-conscious ceremony saw VADM Bishop, who has been at the helm of CFINTCOM for five years, officially pass command to MGEN Wright, who recently returned from deployment in Iraq as Commander Joint Task Force…

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