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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Leaders agree NATO 2030 agenda to strengthen the Alliance

June 14, 2021 – The NATO Summit in Brussels wrapped up on Monday (14 June 2021), with leaders taking important decisions to chart the Alliance’s course over the next decade and beyond. NATO leaders reaffirmed the Alliance’s dual-track approach of defense and dialogue towards Russia. They also pledged to continue to support NATO partners Ukraine and Georgia, bringing them closer…

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Germany Details BATLOPS

June 6, 2021 (Google Translation) – The 50th Baltic Operations (BALTOPS 50) exercise, the premier maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region, kicks off today, June 6. Between June 6-18, air and maritime assets from 18 NATO Allies and partner nations will participate in live training events that include air defense, anti-submarine warfare, amphibious operations, maritime interdiction, mine countermeasure operations. “This…

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50th BALTOPS Kicks Off in June

May 24, 2021 – The 50th Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) exercise, the premier maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region, takes place in the Baltic Sea from June 6-18. This milestone exercise demonstrates a steadfast commitment to NATO and continues to change to meet evolving regional security requirements. Air and maritime assets from NATO allies and partner nations are involved in the…

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SNMG1 practises warfighting skills during Norwegian exercise

March 2, 2021 – Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1), including HMCS Halifax, recently took part in Task Group 21-1 (TG 21-1), an annual maritime exercise conducted by the Royal Norwegian Navy in the waters and fjords off the coast of Bergen, Norway. TG 21-1 supported the training and qualification of NATO future submarine commanders, while enhancing the surface and…

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