Report Seeks Big Changes for Italy’s Military


Italy has produced a new defense white paper, it’s first in 13 years, which envisages new, multi-year procurement laws, closer cooperation with industry and a leadership role for the Italian military in the Mediterranean.

       
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NATO Tests Rapid Reaction Forces


NATO tested its newly forged rapid reaction forces for the first time Thursday with drills in both the Czech Republic and the Netherlands involving some 1,500 troops, an alliance official said.

       
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510th FS to train with Estonia, Finnish and Swedish Air Forces


The 510th Fighter Squadron from the 31st Fighter Wing will deploy to Ämari Air Base, Estonia from Mar. 20 to Apr. 17.

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U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Evelyn Chavez

During this period, the unit’s 14 F-16s will train with Estonian Joint Terminal Attack Controllers as well as the Finnish and Swedish Air Forces.

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Ukraine’s neighbor Poland to test resilience to attack


WARSAW, Poland (AP) – Poland will hold an exercise this year to test its resilience to a “crisis” like the conflict in neighboring Ukraine, President Bronislaw Komorowski said Wednesday.

Komorowski spoke to reporters during an annual meeting of army commanders and the defense minister that examines Poland’s defense potential and …

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Finland to participate in Nato crisis exercises


Finland will participate in crisis management exercises with Nato and its partners, beginning Wednesday reports YLE. The week-long war games will be based on a fictitious scenario during which conflict breaks out between two distant states. Ukraine, as member of Nato’s Partnership for Peace, will be among those taking part.



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Pilot class for Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System graduates


The pilot class of students that will be the first deploying watch team to the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System in Romania have graduated. The eight-week training course was conducted at Naval Air Station Oceana Dam Neck.

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Top US general ‘very concerned’ about Britain’s defence cuts


The US army’s most senior general has said he is “very concerned” about the effect of cuts to the UK military’s budget.



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Renewed Focus, Opportunities, for US in Europe


On Feb. 12, Russia and Ukraine announced a cease-fire agreement that many in Europe hoped would end the hostilities between the two nations that kicked off almost a year ago when Russian forces invaded Crimea.

       
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The DNA of German Foreign Policy


[I]t is abundantly clear from the Review that our partners expect a more active – and even more robust – German foreign policy in the future. Expectations are high – perhaps too high at times.
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German government says no tanks for Lithuania: report


The German government has rejected a request from Lithuania for Boxer tanks, according to a newspaper report. The decision has been criticized by both sides of the German governing coalition.

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