Posts tagged as personnel

Anušauskas met with NATO Air Policing Mission personnel

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

On January 18 Minister of National Defence Arvydas Anušauskas paid a visit to the Lithuanian Air Force Base in Šiauliai to meet with the Italian Air Force Detachment deployed there for NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states. “The NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states is a peacetime mission. It is an obvious sign of NATO readiness to defend this area of the Alliance. Your presence in…

NATO kicks off Baltic Sea drills downscaled due to pandemic

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Two Lithuanian vessels have departed for the annual US-led NATO exercise BALTOPS in the Baltic Sea, which has been downscaled due to the coronavirus pandemic. This year, the drills will involve fewer troops and will take place exclusively at sea to reduce risks of the pandemic. All participating troops have been tested for Covid-19 and amphibious landings have been cancelled. The exercise, involving 3,000 personnel, 28 ships and various aircraft…

Russian S-400 defense systems arrive in Turkey

Friday, July 12, 2019

 The first shipment of a Russian missile defense system has arrived in Turkey, the Turkish Defense Ministry said Friday, moving the country closer to possible U.S. sanctions and a new standoff with Washington. A Defense Ministry statement said “the first group of equipment” of the S-400 air defense systems has reached the Murted Air Base near the capital, Ankara. The delivery of parts of the system will continue in the…

Defence League volunteers join NATO troops in first-of-a-kind exercise

Monday, July 1, 2019

Personnel from Estonia’s voluntary Defence League (Kaitseliit) were on exercise with NATO troops this weekend, according to Baltic News Service, gaining anti-tank warfare experience on a scale the organization had previously not enjoyed. The Defence League members, from the Tallinn, Harju and Rapla region, joined British and French personnel at the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) central training area June 28-30, and engaged in anti-tank warfare training. The exercise, named Hunt…

Estonian defense forces’ training event Winter Camp to bring together over 1,000 personnel

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Over 1,000 service members from the Scouts Battalion of the Estonian defense forces, the allied NATO battle group, the United States and the Kaitseliit (Defense League) volunteer corps are to participate in the Winter Camp training event of Estonia’s 1st Infantry Brigade. The 1st Infantry Brigade’s training event Winter Camp, which will begin on Wednesday and last until February 17, will take place at the central training range and the Soodla…

UK Troops at Risk Due to IT Failures at Military Medical Facilities

Friday, August 17, 2018

UK military personnel could be endangered as systematic computer failures at military medical facilities are leading to patients getting the wrong drugs and missing life-saving vaccines, The Times reported on Friday citing doctors. According to The Times, general practitioners are routinely locked out of patients’ records at these facilities due to IT system problems. There are some 500 civilian and military doctors providing medical services to 147,000 full-time troops in…

Leaks Connected to Edward Snowden Are Still Trickling Out — 5 Years After His NSA Document Dump

By Deb Riechmann on Monday, June 4, 2018

Whistleblower or traitor, leaker or public hero? Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden blew the lid off U.S. government surveillance methods five years ago, but intelligence chiefs complain that revelations from the trove of classified documents he disclosed are still trickling out. That includes recent reporting on a mass surveillance program run by close U.S. ally Japan, and on how the NSA targeted bitcoin users to gather intelligence to…