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NATO Stocks Up on Bombs, Giving Smaller States More Punch

Posted by Paul McLeary on


WASHINGTON: Over the past month, US Air Forces in Europe took delivery of their largest shipment of ordnance in two decades. It’s another sign of the rearming of the continent as the United States pushes troops and equipment back into the region after years of drawing down, even as its NATO allies — and increasingly,… Keep reading →

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Nordics Mobilize To Send Russians Clear Message: We Shall Not Be Cowed

Posted by Robbin Laird on


Vladimir Putin has clearly focused on expanding Russian influence in the areas of strategic interest to Russia such as the region that stretches from the Baltics to the Nordics. Proof? They have generated major military exercises designed to influence behavior, such as last year’s Zapad 2018. They have issued nuclear threats against the Danes and the… Keep reading →

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Nordics Unite For Cross Border Air Combat Training; Thanks Russia!

Posted by Robbin Laird on


During the past couple of years, I’ve focused on the part of Europe which is very serious about defense, namely, Northern Europe. The Danes, the Norwegians, the Swedes and the Finns, all have refocused efforts on defense of their nations, but they’ve done so in a broader regional context.   As my colleague Harald Malmgren… Keep reading →

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Denmark, Eyeing Russia, Likely To OK 20% Spending Boost; What It Means

Posted by Robbin Laird on


Denmark is a small country, but an important player in the NATO Alliance and the resurgent Nordic defense group of Norway, Sweden and Finland to deal with the rumbling Russia. And it will grow more important as it implements an impressive 20 percent increase in defense spending over the next six years. The increase was… Keep reading →

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Use Allied Investments To Help Rebuild US Military

Posted by Robbin Laird on


The shift from slo mo — counterinsurgency operations — to high intensity combat is a major challenge for the US military and its allies. It is a culture shift, a procurement shift and an investment shift. But mobilization is even more important than modernization. To get ready for this shift, our weapons inventory needs to… Keep reading →

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Is The Arctic The Next South China Sea? Not Likely

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: Oil, gas, and minerals on the seabed. Disputed territorial claims. An increasingly aggressive China. Are we talking about the South China Sea or the Arctic Ocean? “As I look at what is playing out in the Arctic, it looks eerily familiar to what we’re seeing in the East and South China Sea,” Adm. Paul… Keep reading →

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Danes Tout $340M Stanflex Frigate For US Navy – But What’s Real Cost?

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: Denmark really wants you to know they have a solution for the US Navy’s frigate problem. Pentagon officials are on the record that they’ll consider foreign designs in their quest for a more powerful small warship than the $450–$550 million, 3,400-ton Littoral Combat Ship. The Danish answer: their $340 million, 6,600-ton Iver Huitfeldt “Stanflex”… Keep reading →

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Uneasy Times In Europe As Continent Mulls Next Fighter

Posted by Douglas Barrie on


If the re-emergence of an assertive and occasionally belligerent Moscow was an unattractive possibility for Europeans of a cautious nature, an American president whose election campaign comments inadvertently or otherwise questioned his commitment to Article 5, the very heart of NATO, seemed unimaginable. Today, Europe is faced with both a Russia that is a strategic rival… Keep reading →

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Allies And 21st Century Weapons: The F-35 Comes To Europe

Posted by Robbin Laird on


A key dynamic in the shift from COIN-centric land wars to a twenty-first century combat force is what the US and its closest allies will learn from each other thanks to the core weapons systems they are buying at the same time. Hidden in plain view is the emergence of a significant driver of change  –- flying the same… Keep reading →

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Bogdan Predicts $2B Block Buy Savings For 450 F-35s

Posted by Colin Clark on


NATIONAL HARBOR: A fix has been identified for the 15 F-35As currently banned from flying and tests on the engineering will begin next week, said Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan. The head of the Joint Program Office told the Air Force Association conference here that the F-35s should have their fuel tank insulation problems fixed by the… Keep reading →

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