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NATO: Spikes on the EEG

Two remarkable points from the NATO Secretary General’s press conference preceding the NATO Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on November 20, 2019: NATO is preparing for wars in space. And is facing up to China. Already in 2018 the Allies had identified space as an “essential element for deterrence and defence.” Now it is to be recognized […]

Poland Sets Out New Modernisation Priorities

Over the period 2021-2035, the Polish Ministry of Defence (MoD) plans to spend around PLN524 billion (€123 billion) on various procurement and modernisation programmes aimed at strengthening the operational capability of the country’s armed forces and enhancing security. Under the updated Technical Modernisation Plan (TMP) Poland will invest in practically all types of conventional weapon […]

“British Defence is Much More Than Big Platforms”

As part of the opening address of the land theatre presentations at the DSEI exhibition in London the British Minister for Defence Procurement, Ann-Marie Trevelyan, announced several procurement efforts and forthcoming development programmes. Maritime procurements range from the delivery of the second of eight CITY class and Type 31 frigates to the new submarines. The […]

Viewpoint from Moscow: The Turkish Trap

The sensational Russian-Turkish deal on S-400 air defence systems has been well on track despite unprecedented U.S. opposition. Will it be a turning point for the contract parties, USA, NATO and Middle East? Let’s have a look at what is going on and what could be the consequences. The S-400 long range air defence system […]

Warsaw Process Working Groups

The Warsaw Summit in February this year was a starting point for a process that tries to find a way countering the ongoing Middle East conflicts. Today, with the United States and Poland announcing details of the Warsaw Process Working Groups, the political will expressed during the summit enters a practical solution finding momentum. “These […]

Arms Cooperation Between Belgium and France

Under the Capacité Motorisée (CaMo) strategic agreement, Belgium and France have agreed on comprehensive armaments cooperation in the field of land mobility. Parts of the French Scorpion programme will be used to equip the Belgian armed forces. The agreement entered into force on June 21, 2019. The first procurement contract for 382 Griffon multi-purpose armoured […]

Consultations in the NATO-Russia Council: Preparing for a World Without INF

On July 5, 2019, NATO-Russia Council met at NATO headquarters in Brussels to discuss three major topics: the situation in Ukraine, the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty), and transparency and risk mitigation. This year’s second meeting (the 10th ever) was marked by the deadline of August 2 for the U.S. to withdraw from the […]

Upcoming Special European Council

The issues of the European spitzen personnel have moved below due to other worldwide political events, at least in the perception of many media. But only apparently. Before his departure for Japan, the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, continued his weeks-long and parallel consultations on the EU’s top appointments after last week’s “regular” […]

China Steals $600 Billion Each Year

Looking at China’s huge technological leaps within the last few years, especially in the cyber domain, there arises the question, how a country with low university standard (at that time) and only state owned industry was able to achieve the now seen technological advantages compared with western countries and especially Europe. European Security & Defence […]

Military Mobility Programme

In the margins of the EDA Steering Committee meeting on May 14, 2019, 23 (out of 28) Member States and the EDA signed a new programme that will facilitate the granting of cross-border permits for ground and air movements. The programme will be developed as part of the EDA‘s work on military mobility. The aim […]

Cyber Affects NATO’s Article 5

During the Cyber Defence Pledge Conference in London NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on the effect of cyber and especially cyber attacks on military, goverments and people: “NATO leaders have agreed that a cyber attack could trigger Article 5 of our founding treaty, where an attack against one Ally is treated as an attack […]

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