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Old 15-06-2017, 15:00
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One area in which NATO lags far behind Tsar Vlad's military capabilities is the Arctic. Two articles of relevance here:

(From CBC News)

Russia will pour resources into Arctic, Putin says

"President Vladimir Putin says Russia will pour resources into the development of its vast Arctic region for both economic and military reasons."

Complete article here:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/...utin-1.4161778

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How Russian advances in the Arctic are leaving NATO behind

"As Russian cyber activities in the United States and military intervention in Syria dominate headlines, the Russian bear has pursued a steady march forward much closer to Canada, in the Arctic.

Russia moved ahead with several steps in its Arctic strategy in 2016, refurbishing military bases, constructing new airfields and building outports. A key element of this policy came together in June, when Russia launched its new nuclear-powered icebreaker in St. Petersburg
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http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/...d-up-1.3926162
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Old 23-06-2017, 20:21
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Interesting:

(From Handelsblatt Global)

Europe Closes Ranks on Defense

"The EU summit in Brussels is expected to cement deeper security cooperation. Europeans are prepared to cede sovereignty to lessen dependence on the US."

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https://global.handelsblatt.com/poli...brain-retfeb17
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Old 14-09-2017, 19:37
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(From NBC News)

Russia Kicks Off Huge Zapad 2017 Military Exercises With Belarus

"Russia kicked off what Western powers expect to be the country's largest military exercise since the Cold War on Thursday, a massive mobilization of forces that has triggered unease among U.S. officials and their allies in Eastern Europe.

Land, sea and air units will be taking part in war games across a huge area encompassing western Russia, Belarus, the Baltic Sea and the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad.

Moscow says fewer than 13,000 troops are participating, meaning they don't have to invite international observers. But NATO members and Western military experts believe as many as 100,000 troops may be involved in the drills.
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https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/r...elarus-n788741
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Old 18-09-2017, 21:24
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A good display of western solidarity in the shadow of Zapad 2017.

(From navaltoday.com)

Northern Coasts 2017: Over 50 vessels underway off Sweden

"Over 50 vessels and 20 aircraft were at sea off the coast of Sweden taking part in the international exercise Northern Coasts which started on September 8.

NOCO 2017 is an exercise that focuses on increasing the navies’ ability to operate together during war and crisis management situations.

The exercise runs through September 21 and is based on a fictitious high-intensity conflict scenario, within the framework of an international force with UN mandate.
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http://navaltoday.com/2017/09/18/nor...ay-off-sweden/
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Article on the Save The Royal Navy webpage...

It’s time for a honest conversation about the future of the Royal Navy

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has repeatedly stated that we have a “growing Royal Navy”. The facts do not support this claim and it is simply untrue. Worse still, there are now strong indications of another round of cuts to RN strength.

Since the much-vaunted SDSR 2015, the growing Royal Navy is still suffering cuts. RFA Diligence was quietly withdrawn with no official announcement and is now awaiting sale or scrap in Portsmouth. HMS Ocean is due to decommission March 2018 and will probably be sold to Brazil. A reduction of 2 mine hunters was included in the 2015 SDSR, they will leave the fleet sometime before 2023.

On 24th September The Mail on Sunday reported ocean survey vessel HMS Scott is to be sold or scrapped. She is the probably first victim of the low profile ‘mini defence review’ now being conducted to in the face of catastrophic MoD financial problems. Type 23 frigate HMS Lancaster was towed to Devonport earlier this year due to begin a major refit, this has not been started and there is now real concern she will never sail again. HMS Portland is also in Devonport without a crew and awaiting refit at some point in future. HMS Daring and HMS Dauntless are inactive Portsmouth, although Dauntless is due to start a major refit soon. Other cuts on the menu include losing 1,000 Royal Marines and reducing the F-35 purchase. (The purchase of 138 F-35s over the next 20 years promised in 2015 is now seen as completely unrealistic, most analysts expect the UK to buy less than half that number). The exact details of what will be axed are still subject to speculation and internal horse-trading, but cuts are coming.

Full article here... http://www.savetheroyalnavy.org/its-...he-royal-navy/
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Old 09-11-2017, 19:44
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Interesting!

(From navaltoday.com)

NATO establishing Atlantic command to boost mobility

"Defense ministers attending NATO’s North Atlantic Council meeting on Wednesday agreed on the creation of a new command for the Atlantic which would ensure better cooperation between Europe and the US and Canada.

This command would coordinate the protection of sea lines of communication between Europe and North America.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, NATO secretary Jens Stoltenberg said the military commanders would now start working out the details while the results of their work are to be presented to defense ministers next February.

Stoltenberg further said that the ministers agreed on an outline design for an adapted NATO command structure which will improve NATO’s ability to reinforce Allies quickly and effectively.

The focus of the adaptions will be on developing the right transport means and the right infrastructure.

“Since 2014, we have made good progress in improving national legislation. Removing many bureaucratic hurdles to allow us to move forces across Allied territory,” Stoltenberg said. “But much more needs to be done. We need to ensure that national legislation facilitating border crossing is fully implemented. We need enough transport capacity at our disposal, which largely comes from the private sector. And we need to improve infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, railways, runways and ports.”

During the meeting ministers also agreed on the creation of a new cyber operations centre as part of the outline design for the adapted NATO Command Structure.

“This will strengthen our cyber defences, and help integrate cyber into NATO planning and operations at all levels. We also agreed that we will be able to integrate Allies’ national cyber capabilities into NATO missions and operations. While nations maintain full ownership of those capabilities. Just as Allies own the tanks, the ships and aircraft in NATO missions,” Stoltenberg said.
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Old 14-12-2017, 17:16
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Improved Russian naval facility in the Mediterranean.

(From navaltoday.com)

Russia advances Syrian naval base plans

"Russian president Vladimir Putin has submitted a draft bill to the lower house of the Russian Federal Assembly which would see Russia develop a fully functional naval base at the Syrian port of Tartus.

The port is already in use by Russian warships which have been making port calls there since 1977.

Under the new agreement with Syria, which the Russian legislators plan to ratify by the end of 2017, the estate would be upgraded from a refueling facility to a permanent naval base capable of hosting larger ships, including Russia’s sole aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov.

The agreement will provide Russian Navy ships access to Tartus, and other Syrian ports, for an additional 49 years.

After new piers are built and waterways dredged, the base is expected to be capable of simultaneously accommodating over ten vessels.
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Interesting reading.

(From Global News)

Vast Russian exercise in the fall was rehearsal for invading the Baltic states: report

"Zapad 2017, an enormous Russian military exercise in mid-September was a “dry run” for a “full-scale conventional war against NATO in Europe,” the German daily Bild reported earlier this week.

The paper cited “two leading analysts from a western intelligence service,” without elaborating.

According to their analysis, Zapad 2017 rehearsed a Russian operation in the Baltic Sea and Arctic Ocean which would:

Invade the three Baltic states — Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. All three countries are NATO members, and this triggers an obligation for the alliance, including Canada, to defend all three countries

Cut the land connection between Poland and Lithuania, making it harder for NATO to defend the Baltic states, while at the same time taking control of their harbours and airports

Engage in heavy air attack on targets further west, in Germany, Finland, Sweden, Norway and perhaps the Netherlands. Bombers and cruise missiles would target “critical infrastructure, that is, air fields, harbours, energy supplies and so on”

Destroy NATO naval forces in the Baltic.
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https://globalnews.ca/news/3931295/z...ampai gn=2015
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Tim: Ominous. There were two Russian TU-95 recently based in Indonesia which seemed interested in operating close to Australia. The Australian Air Force monitored their activities. There is concern down here on a number of levels.

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Tim: Ominous. There were two Russian TU-95 recently based in Indonesia which seemed interested in operating close to Australia. The Australian Air Force monitored their activities. There is concern down here on a number of levels.

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Two Bears flew from Biak in West Papua but did not intrude in any sovereign airspace.
The main concern was regarding intel surveillance and RAAF Darwin was put on increased readiness for a short period.
I'm no fan of the Guardian but see report.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...esia-exercises
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Interesting!

(From the Ottawa Citizen)

Increasingly anxious over Russian aggression, Sweden is preparing its citizens for war

"Sweden is preparing to reissue a public information manual on what to do in the event of war, as debate in the country grows over how to deal with the threat from Russia.

The brochure due to be sent to 4.7 million households will inform the public how they can take part in “total defence” during a war and secure water, food and heating.
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Complete article here:

http://ottawacitizen.com/news/world/...a-298a6db2b5e3
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A sad state of affairs.

(From BBC News)

German army problems 'dramatically bad', report says

"Shortfalls in the German army's personnel and equipment are "dramatically" hindering its readiness for combat, according to a new report.

No submarines or large transport planes were available for deployment at the end of last year, the report says.

It also points to failures in planning and leadership that have exacerbated existing problems in the military.
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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-43134896
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