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New 2nd Fleet To Confront Russia From Day One

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The Navy has created a new fleet, and is sending it straight into the Baltic Sea to test new ways of doing business.

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Russians Tried to Jam NATO Exercise; Swedes Say They’ve Seen This Before

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The Russians played around at the edges of this month’s Trident Juncture exercise in Norway, but that was to be expected. New moves in the Baltic Sea, however, have some concerned.

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Russia’s Strategy, ISIS’ Future & Countering China: CJCS Dunford Speaks

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  Gen. Joe Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Staff, spoke last week with a small group of traveling reporters after attending a conference of NATO Military Chiefs in Warsaw, including Breaking Defense contributor James Kitfield. Dunford described Russia’s strategy for pulling NATO apart and reiterated that Moscow poses the single greatest global threat to the UnIted… Keep reading →

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Pentagon Searching For New Ways To Move Gear During Next War

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As the Pentagon wrestles with how to ready itself for competition with China and Russia, the issue of how to move troops, equipment, and supplies around the globe is becoming increasingly important.

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NATO, Russia Prep Biggest War Games Since Cold War

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WASHINGTON: Within the next several weeks, both Russia and NATO will kick off some of the largest military exercises since the end of the Cold War. Hundreds of thousands of troops, tens of thousands of vehicles, hundreds of aircraft, and dozens of warships will charge into action in a series of mock engagements stretching from… Keep reading →

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Mattis in Europe Shows His Influence, And Challenges of Translating Trump

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Fresh from the drama of Brussels, Defense Secretary Mattis visited NATO allies across Europe to preach stability, forward progress, and friendship. He remains a popular figure on the continent, but rumblings from Washington have the NATO alliance concerned.

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Outgunned Allies Must Contest Baltic, Black Seas: NATO Admiral

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: “When I was an ensign, a lieutenant, we knew we could beat the Russians. It was just a question of time because we were better than them,” NATO’s top admiral said. “I’m not sure we could make that assumption now.” The European allies suffer many shortfalls at sea, said Vice Adm. Clive Johnstone, the… Keep reading →

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Allies And The Maritime Domain Strike Enterprise

Posted by Robbin Laird on


The UK, Norway and the US have signed an agreement to work together on anti-submarine warfare (ASW) in the North Atlantic which will leverage the joint acquisition of the P-8 aircraft, another example of the US and its allies an evolving defense capability in which allies are clearly key partners. The P-8s is part of… Keep reading →

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Red Atlantic: Russia Could Choke Air, Sea Lanes To Europe

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


NATIONAL HARBOR: Russia could hinder US reinforcements headed to Europe in the event of a major war, warned the recently retired Supreme Allied Commander, Gen. Philip Breedlove. It’s well known Russian radars, missiles, and strike planes — “Anti-Access/Area Denial” systems — threaten ships and aircraft across wide swathes of the Black Sea, Eastern Europe, and… Keep reading →

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Fear Of Russia Drives Sweden Closer To NATO

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: The Russian threat has driven Sweden so close to NATO that the once-neutral nation is becoming an ally in all but name. While the current Swedish government won’t apply for NATO membership — a position it just reiterated Friday — every other kind of collaboration is not only on the table, but actually happening… Keep reading →

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