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Supreme Allied Commander Europe

NATO To ‘Integrate’ Offensive Cyber By Members

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


“NATO is clear that we will not perform offensive cyberspace operations,” said Maj. Gen. Wolfgang Renner. “However, we will integrate sovereign cyberspace effects from the allies who are willing to volunteer.”

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Top NATO General (A Czech) To Europe: ‘Grow Up’

Posted by Paul McLeary on


WASHINGTON: After two decades of watching the American share of the NATO budget grow from 50 to 75 percent, the alliance’s leadership is determined to learn how to operate without the usual American help, even as nationalist movements roil the capitals of the transAtlantic alliance and Vladimir Putin hacks his way through democratic elections. Meeting… 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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Wargame Warns NATO Unready For Baltic Crisis

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: NATO would be dangerously slow to respond to a crisis scenario in the Baltics, warns a new report on a closed-doors wargame. That raises the unsettling possibility that in a Crimean-style land grab, Russia could simply seize what it wants before the US and its allies react. Compared to Vladimir Putin’s nimble mix of… Keep reading →

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Gen. Scaparrotti Moving From Korea To Europe: ‘Low-Key’ 4-Star

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


UPDATED with Sec. Carter statement & Gen. Barno comment WASHINGTON: The four-star chief of US and allied forces in Korea will become the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe — the critical SACEUR position first held by Eisenhower. For Gen. Curtis M. “Mike” Scaparrotti, it’s out of the East Asian frying pan into the European fire. “The… Keep reading →

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Russians In Syria Building A2/AD ‘Bubble’ Over Region: Breedlove

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: In keeping with its increasingly aggressive behavior over the past two years, Russia is deploying lethal and long-ranged anti-aircraft defenses to keep Western forces out of three key regions: the Baltics, the Black Sea, and, now, the Levant. From where NATO’s top commander Gen. Philip Breedlove sits, the Russian forces flowing into Syria don’t look… Keep reading →

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