NATO's eastern allies want increased naval, air presence
The nine member countries on NATO's eastern flank want an 'increased presence' by the alliance in their region, Polish president Andrzej Duda said after a group meeting in Warsaw on 8 June.
The so-called 'Bucharest Nine' countries, which first held talks in Romania in 2015, also includes Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Slovakia.
The group believes it is necessary to supplement NATO's current ground forces 'with aerial and naval components' to 'achieve the full spectrum,' Duda told reporters alongside his Romanian counterpart Klaus Iohannis.
The B9 presidents adopted a joint statement in which they called on the US-led alliance to discuss the increased presence at next month's NATO summit in Brussels.
They also requested that NATO deliver a response to what the West calls Russian 'hybrid warfare' techniques, which include military, financial and political manipulation backed by computer hacking and propaganda.
NATO beefed up its defences in central and eastern Europe in response to growing fears about Russia, following Moscow's annexation of Crimea in 2014.
'The 2018 NATO summit should further strengthen the Alliance's unity and, in the spirit of the 360-degree approach, deliver a comprehensive response to the current security challenges, including against the hybrid threats the allies are confronted with,' the B9 statement said.
China is still the main concern for the US DoD when assessing global threats, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper reminded senators in testimony on 26 February. ...
Two of the three industry competitors involved in Canada’s Future Fighter Capability Project (FFCP) have said they did not ask decision-makers for an RfP submission ...
Welcome to Episode 8 of the second series of The Weekly Defence Podcast. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and more. Sign up to an early email alert ...
Piaggio Aerospace is seeking a buyer for its Piaggio Aero Industries and Piaggio Aviation businesses. The two businesses, which operate under the Piaggio Aerospace brand, ...
The US armed forces need a bigger budget in FY2021, according to testimony on 25 February from senior military officials at a Senate Armed Services ...
USAF General Tod Wolters, head of US European Command (USEUCOM), has suggested that the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Northern Italy could lead to ...