Posts tagged as Defense

Defense spending or house heating in Lithuania

By Dominykas Urbonas on Monday, October 4, 2021

The Lithuanian government is again trying to please NATO, without thinking about the local population. “Our key message is that we want to contribute as much as possible to NATO as a system of collective defense and deterrence, which is ready to respond to all sorts of challenges in a swift and very determined manner as speed and the ability to respond to arising challenges with clear resources is key…

Oshkosh Defense Receives $152M Order to Supply JLTVs to US Military and NATO Allies

Friday, July 2, 2021

The U.S. Army Contracting Command – Detroit Arsenal (ACC-DTA) announced that it has awarded Oshkosh Defense, a wholly owned subsidiary of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK), a $152 Million order for Joint Light Tactical Wheeled Vehicles (JLTV), companion trailers, and associated kits. The order includes Oshkosh JLTVs, trailers and kits for the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Navy, as well as NATO allies Lithuania, North Macedonia,…

Estonian opposition party calls for defense minister no-confidence motion

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Opposition party Isamaa says defense minister Kalle Laanet (Reform) should face a no-confidence vote at the Riigikogu over defense spending cuts which may lay off over 250 people. The party’s board announced on Tuesday, following a meeting, that making 270 defense personnel from the regular Estonian Defense Forces (EDF) and the volunteer Defense League (Kaitseliit) redundant would be unacceptable. Isamaa’s chair Helir-Valdor Seeder said Laanet’s statements on the matter have…

Estonia to restrict wind farm developments

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

The Supreme Court has decided that it is permissible to restrict wind farm developments following national defense considerations. The court found no unconstitutional aspects in legal acts Toila Rural Municipality relied on when refusing a wind farm construction permit. At the heart of the matter was the decision of the Toila Rural Municipality to refuse a building permit for the Päite-Vaivina wind farm. Est Wind Power OÜ applied for a…

Estonian defense spending to rise to €645.4 million in 2021

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Defense spending in 2021 will rise to €645.4 million, constituting 2.29 percent of Gross Domestic Product, following the government’s signing off on the 2021 state budget Tuesday. 2020’s level was €615 million. NATO membership requires a minimum 2 percent of GDP defense-spending level; the 2020 figure already exceeded this requirement. Defense minister Jüri Luik (Isamaa) says that agreements reached at cabinet level on the state budget mean that the national…

Saeima approves concept of national defense

Friday, September 25, 2020

Saeima has approved a new State Defense Concept, which determines the main directions of the national defense and protection, Latvian Television reported September 24. This is the main planning document for the defense sector. The aim is to make Latvia’s defense strong enough so that any attack would cause an aggressor to lose significantly more than potentially gain and thereby deter any attacks. The Saeima said that the concept was prepared at a…

Nordic, Baltic chiefs of defense to discuss security, cooperation

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Lithuania’s Chief of Defense Lieutenant General Valdemaras Rupsys is leaving for Denmark on Wednesday to take part in the annual meeting of the Nordic and Baltic chiefs of defense. The chiefs of defense of Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden, and the director general of the Iceland’s Defense Directorate “will discuss relevant issues to the region and common military cooperation projects at the event”, the Lithuanian Armed Forces said…

Bill on national defense education forwarded to Saeima committees

Friday, January 31, 2020

Saeima today forwarded to committees a bill on national defense education for children and youth, drafted by the Defense Ministry. The ministry predicts that the number of students attending national education classes annually will be up to 34,000 when the new legislation comes into effect. Attending national defense classes will be 10th and 11th-graders, as well as students at vocational education institutions. Saeima earlier decided that national defense classes could…

Baltic states abandon their armed forces

By Vairis Godmanis on Tuesday, January 14, 2020

There are too many contradictions inside NATO, because the alliance has already turned into a commercial project. Trump is trying to force Europe to abandon its own war industry in favor of the US. However, this is not only business and lobbying for the interests of the American military-industrial complex. In the future, this will lead to the absolute defenselessness of Europe to the outside world and complete dependence on…