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NATO Military Power 2015

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These countries develop cooperation with NATO in areas of mutual interest, including emerging security challenges, and some contribute actively to NATO operations either militarily or in some other way. Individual global partners choose the areas where they wish to engage with NATO, as well as the extent of this cooperation, in a spirit of mutual benefit and reciprocity



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Munk Debates: Be it resolved the West should engage, not isolate ...

  1. The Globe and Mail-Apr 10, 2015
    We need real action that targets Mr. Putin's oligarchs and makes them ... You frequently compare Mr. Putin to Adolph Hitler, and urge the West to confront him ... if you will, an opening of Pandora's box – if it could happen there, ...

Fighting Intensifies in Eastern Ukraine Before Planned Minsk Peace ...

  1. Wall Street Journal-Feb 10, 2015
    U.S. President Barack Obama called Russian President Vladimir Putin to press for a peaceful resolution of the Ukraine standoff, warning of ...

Air Castles in the Kaganate of Nuland

  1. PJ Media-Mar 9, 2015
    As I said at the opening of my comment. Europe and ... That Putin wouldn't look for ways to claim Transniestria or parts of the Baltics. That he ...

Iran Flexes New Clout Beyond Its Borders

  1. Wall Street Journal-Mar 4, 2015
    In Iraq, Iranians coordinate as many as 100,000 Iraqi fighters mobilized by Iranian-allied Iraqi clerics with a religious order to confront Islamic ...

In Response to Putin's New Cold War, the West Must Be Warm to the ...

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    The Russian government has once again opened up Pandora's box .... that are prodding the Kremlin and could lead to global confrontation.

Putin Adopts Softer Tone on Visit to Crimea

  1. Wall Street Journal-Aug 14, 2014
    MOSCOW—Russia President Vladimir Putin said that his country doesn't want a confrontation with the West, adopting a softer tone as he ...

Vladimir Putin's religious, ethnic rhetoric gets a little scary in Russian ...

  1. Reuters Blogs (blog)-Dec 5, 2014
    Vladimir Putin lives in a scary world, where enemies plot tirelessly to ... support for his confrontationwith the West amid growing economic troubles. ... years ago opens a Pandora's box of competing historical claims not only in ...

“Russian Aggression”: The Big Lie Blasted Worldwide Ad Nauseam

  1. Center for Research on Globalization-Feb 9, 2015
    Putin accommodated them to reverse a historic error. ... Nonexistent Russian “aggression hasopened a Pandora's Box for the international ... “Lavrov stressed that building up confrontation with an aim to put pressure on ...

U.S. Ukraine Policy Could Spark World War 3; Putin Critic Urges ...

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    Punish Putin not the Russians ... us and Russia under Putin "has once again opened up Pandora's box and unleashed a threat that has already ...

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Former NATO General Wesley Clark comes out in support of lethal ...

  1. Ukraine Today-Apr 1, 2015
    ... NATO General Wesley Clark comes out in support of lethal aid to Ukraine ... that of General Wesley Clark, a former NATO allied commander.

NATO General: West Should Consider Arming Ukraine

  1. Voice of America-Mar 23, 2015
    Both Germany and France -- key members of the NATO alliance -- have opposed supplying lethal aid to Kyiv, with France saying last month it ...

NATO Gets Faster At Responses Amid Russia's Nuclear War Threats

  1. ValueWalk-6 hours ago
    First, it was NATO's voting to provide lethal aid to Kyiv's government to fight off those pesky pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, then it was ...

NATO Commander: Even Destabilizing Options Should Be ...

  1. Sputnik International-Mar 23, 2015
    As the US continues to mull the possibility of sending lethal aid to UkraineNATO's top commander has publicly endorsed the idea, insisting "all ...
    West's paralysis on Ukraine putty in Putin's hands
    Winnipeg Free Press-Mar 23, 2015
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NATO Commander: US Lethal Aid to Ukraine Won't Stop Russia

  1. Defense One-Feb 25, 2015
    NATO's Gen. Philip Breedlove told lawmakers U.S.-supplied lethal aid to Ukraine's military would not stop Russia, though it might help 'change ...
    NATO Chief: Obamas Plan Isnt Stopping Russia
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STEPHEN BLANK: Putin's next offensive in Ukraine

  1. Washington Times-Apr 9, 2015
    Both NATO and the United States have publicly acknowledged that ... about Ukraine to supply even the full spectrum of non-lethal aid that Kiev ...

Harper meets NATO chief to talk about ISIS mission, Ukraine

  1. CTV News-Mar 23, 2015
    Harper meets NATO chief to talk about ISIS mission, Ukraine ... Canada, which has sent two shipments of non-lethal aid, has been largely silent ...
    Harper talks Ukraine, ISIL with NATO chief
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NATO officer calls for more military aid to Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia

  1. Kyiv Post-Mar 30, 2015
    Ukraine received 10 Humvees as part of an overall $75 million non-lethal military defense aid from the U.S. at Boryspil airport on March 25.

Kneel Before Putin: Obama Snubs NATO Chief As Russia Grows ...

  1. Breitbart News-Mar 25, 2015
    “The leaders of almost all the other 28 NATO member countries have made ... through measures such as providing lethal aid to the Ukrainians ...

The US and NATO Must Provide Ukraine With Weapons

  1. New York Times-Feb 11, 2015
    Ukraine may itself fail if the United States lets Russia continue unimpeded. The hottest debate is over the provision of lethal assistance for ...
    How to Defeat Putin in Ukraine
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    Feb 25, 2015 - NATO's Gen. Philip Breedlove told lawmakers U.S.-supplied lethal aid to Ukraine'smilitary would not stop Russia, though it might help 'change ...

The U.S. and NATO Must Provide Ukraine With Weapons ...

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    Feb 11, 2015 - Even the U.S. raising the issue of sending lethal arms to Ukraine put negotiations ... U.S. military assistance, alongside a NATO-led defense ...

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    Mar 4, 2015 - Ben Hodges said that supplying Ukraine with lethal aid is going to increase ... In early February, the foreign minister of NATO member state  ...

U.S.: Considering Lethal Aid to Ukraine | Stratfor

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    Feb 7, 2015 - For its part, Washington is looking to use its assistance to Ukraine to bolster ... If Moscow responds to NATO's lethal aid by sending more troops,  ...

Martin Dempsey: Consider 'Lethal Aid' to Ukraine Through ...

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    Mar 4, 2015 - Martin Dempsey: Consider 'Lethal Aid' to Ukraine Through NATO ... aid should be provided "in the context of our NATO allies because [Russian  ...

NATO Commander Sees Shortcoming in U.S. Aid to Ukraine ...

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    Feb 25, 2015 - The Obama administration is weighing a proposal to step up U.S. support by providing what it calls defensive lethal aid to Ukraine. So far, the  ...

U.S. shifts stance on military aid to Ukraine - CNN.com

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    Feb 2, 2015 - The United States is now considering sending lethal aid to help the ... of the Russian military, given the fact that Ukraine is not a NATO country  ...

NATO Secretary General Reaffirms Support For Ukraine, But ...

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    Jan 26, 2015 - NATO reaffirms its support for Ukraine but will not commit to "lethal aid," meaning weapons.

Former NATO General Wesley Clark comes out in support of ...

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    Apr 1, 2015 - Former NATO General Wesley Clark comes out in support of lethal aid to Ukraine. 94. Shares. President Barack Obama has stood from on ...

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Russia Targets NATO With Military Exercises

  1. ValueWalk-Mar 19, 2015
    Russian military exercises, the latest in a series across the country, ... let those forces run through operations, or parts of them, to determine the ...
    Russia flexing military muscle
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NATO Gets Faster At Responses Amid Russia's Nuclear War Threats

  1. ValueWalk-6 hours ago
    Evgeni Solovyov, a retired Russian Army General and a Military ... view any attempt from NATO'sside to return Crimea to Ukraine or to increase ...
    NATO rearmament increases risk of war in Europe
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    Dozens of warships join British war games off Scotland
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Russia's Round 2: A New Conflict in Eastern Europe?

  1. U.S. News & World Report-Apr 8, 2015
    Wesley Clark, the former commander of NATO forces and one-time ... Or perhaps President Vladimir Putin's Russia will maneuver toward a more precious ... Russian military and intelligence services already have employed ...
    Inside the Kremlin's hall of mirrors
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'Unprecedented & dangerous step': Russia slams NATO troop build-up

  1. RT-Apr 2, 2015
    Latvia's army soldiers hold NATO (R) and Latvian flags during a ... Russia has hit out at an 'unprecedented' NATO military build-up along its eastern border. ... "NATO buildup on the eastern flank, or in the so-called 'front-line ...
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Kiev Launches Massive Battle-Tank Shelling in Donbass, NATO ...

  1. Center for Research on Globalization-18 hours ago
    Ukraine's armed forces have started massive battle-tank shelling of Donetsk, ... force that NATOsays is designed to “face new challenges from Russia”. ... “What is there: dirty or clean, is a scientific and technical issue”.

An American Military Convoy in Europe Aims to Reassure Allies

  1. New York Times-Mar 29, 2015
    “I am very worried and afraid about what Russia might do next,” said Urszula ... Ben Hodges, commander of United States Army forces in Europe, said the idea .... where opinion is split on the question of NATO versus Russia.

The West was stunned by Putin's military moves. Here's why NATO ...

  1. PRI-Mar 23, 2015
    A Polish Air Force MIG-29 fighter and Italian Air Force Eurofighter ... Russia last week celebrated the one-year anniversary of its annexation of Crimea. ... concerned or already see westward orientationor integration.” ... The measures include ramped-up exercises and visits by NATO militarypersonnel, ...
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Sitting near a nuclear tripwire, Estonia's president urges Nato to ...

  1. Telegraph.co.uk-53 minutes ago
    Elsewhere, the threat posed by Russia might seem academic or even ... “We have observed a dramatic increase in military flights,” he says. ... Nato has not permanently deployed any combatunits in Estonia or any other Baltic ...
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Making NATO Defunct: EU Military Force intended to Reduce US ...

  1. Center for Research on Globalization-Mar 16, 2015
    An EU military force is being justified as protection from Russia, but it may ... Ukraine or Novorossiya, as they call it, were beating Kiev's forces.

Poland's warning to Europe: Russia's aggression in Ukraine ...

  1. The Guardian-4 hours ago
    Nato has tried to send reassuring signals, for example by, for the first time, conducting military exercises in Poland, or by making plans for a new “rapid reaction” force. ... First, it is planning to modernise its armed forces.
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Is Russia Really a Threat to NATO? « ISN Blog

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A Russian officer guarding the Kaliningrad border. Image: Igor Zarembo/Flickr
Russia’s ongoing military modernization program continues to alarm NATO’s eastern flank. Over the next five years, Moscow aims to have revitalized between 70 – 100 percent of the country’s armed forces. To assist, the Russian military budget was increased by 33% this year, to approximately 3.3 trillion Rubles ($81 billion), or 4.2 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), with an estimated $700 billion to be spent between now and 2020.
Yet, can Moscow really afford its current defense spending spree? And why has Russian President Vladimir Putin decided that the time to revitalize the country’s armed forces is now? Part of the answer to these questions lies in a concurrent development in Russian defense policy – the recent adoption of the country’s new military doctrine.
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Central to Moscow’s revitalization efforts are plans to further professionalize its armed forces by promoting contract as opposed to conscript personnel. Current targets call for an annual recruitmentof 50,000 kontraktniki and a standing force consisting of 50% professional volunteers by 2017.New recruits should expect to work with a new and vast array of platforms. The Russian Army, for instance, is expected to receive new armored vehicles – collectively termed Armata – throughout 2015 and has scheduled 4,000 exercises of differing types and sizes – 1,000 more than in 2014.  For its part, the Navy is expected to receive several new nuclear submarines by 2020, most notably a Yasen-class nuclear-powered submarine, construction of which was due to begin on March 19, 2015.
It is a similar story for Russia’s Strategic Rocket Forces. Plans are currently afoot to replace its Topol-M intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), with the new Yars system. It is thought that the Yars consists of 10 independently targeted nuclear warheads, a development that potentially renders them more difficult to halt once in flight. In addition, the Russian Air Force is slated to receive 150 new airplanes and helicopters this year, including Su-30 multirole fighters, MiG-29s, and its fifth generation Sukhoi T-50, Moscow’s response to the U.S. F-22 Raptor. Finally, Moscow has now deployed three batteries of the S-300V4 air defense system. The updated version has an expanded range (to 400 km), as well as improved missile defense capabilities. A total of nine batteries are scheduled to be provided by 2020.
More ‘Bark’ than ‘Bite’?
The above-mentioned developments and acquisitions will eventually support a new military doctrinethat Vladimir Putin has characterized as “solely defensive in nature”. It emphasizes, for example, that NATO’s expansion up to Russia’s borders poses a ‘key risk’ to the country’s security. This perceived expansion fuels concerns that the United States’ Europe-based missile defense system could threaten Russia’s nuclear deterrence capabilities. To support this, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov emphasized that Washington retains nuclear weapons on European soil that are capable of hitting Russian territory, while Moscow has made dramatic reductions to its arsenal.
Many Western observers, however, remain far from convinced that Russia’s new military doctrine is all about self-defense. For example, some NATO members are concerned about the doctrine’s ‘increased reliance’ on nuclear weapons. In this respect, Russia’s decision to conduct “increasingly aggressive” air and sea patrols close to NATO airspace is doing little to allay such worries. And while there has been no violation of this airspace to date, NATO aircraft stationed in the Baltic States intercepted Russian military planes 150 times in 2014, a fourfold increase from 2013. In response, several NATO member states are currently restructuring their armed forces in order to cope with Russia’s growing military presence. This is particularly true of Norway, which has also increased military cooperation with the Baltic States.
In response to such concerns, many Russian commentators have countered that Moscow’s new military doctrine retains “the old wholly reasonable formulation regarding the use of nuclear weapons.”They argue that the Russian military and its nuclear forces remains a defensive tool which the country pledges to use only as a means of last resort. After all, the notion of a preemptive nuclear strike is not mentioned by the doctrine. Interestingly, the reference to scenarios where nuclear weapons might be used to resolve certain regional conflicts has now been removed.
It might also be the case that by singling out Russia’s nuclear forces and conventional military platforms NATO is overlooking the most important challenge posed by Moscow’s more assertive doctrine. The most immediate threat to the Baltic States is posed by Russia’s model of hybrid warfare, writes Matthew Kroenig of the Atlantic Council. Specifically, Kroenig argues that Moscow could combine asymmetric tactics, with the threat of early nuclear use, to deter NATO from defending a member of the Alliance under hybrid-warfare attack. Indeed, a partial precedent has already been set. In 2007, Russian-backed hackers waged a prolonged cyber war against NATO member Estonia in retaliation for Tallinn’s decision to relocate a Soviet-era war monument. The hackers disabled the websites of government ministries, political parties, newspapers, banks, and companies, while NATO struggled to initiate an effective counter-response.
Spending beyond Moscow’s means
Indeed, Russia’s growing interest in the utility of hybrid warfare suggests that Moscow might actually be struggling to meet its ambitious military modernization targets. There are concerns that the country’s defense-industrial base lacks the ability to manufacture all of the new platforms. For example, Alexander Golts, a Russian military expert and deputy editor in chief of Yezhenedelnyi Zhurnal claims that Moscow wants to domestically produce all spectrums of military systems from small guns to Topol missiles. As he sees it, this effectively means that no program will receive sufficient funding from the Kremlin.
It has also been suggested that all of Putin’s modernization projects suffer from a similar lack of funding. The precipitous decline of the Ruble over the past year has had a profound impact on the Russian economy and government revenues and cast doubt over Moscow’s ability to fund its education, health and welfare programs. In the current climate, maintaining or increasing defense spending at the expense of other initiatives seems counterintuitive. Doing so might lead to the further destabilization of the Putin regime.
The (Uncertain) Road Ahead…
Yet, irrespective of concerns over Moscow’s ability to fulfill its defense procurement needs, the fact remains that NATO views a militarily resurgent Russia as highly irresponsible – even if this is mostly rhetoric. However, the Alliance’s options for countering Moscow’s efforts to rebuild its armed forces are limited. It might be in NATO’s best interest to take seriously Russia’s longstanding concerns that it has been encircled, a condition exacerbated by the West since the collapse of the Soviet Union. It might also want to reflect upon how some of its European policies are viewed by Moscow. Reinforcing U.S. nuclear capabilities on the continent is a case in point. In the first instance, such a move would inevitably be viewed by Russia as provocative. Second, it is also highly unlikely to deter Russia from utilizing its hybrid warfare strategy – much to the chagrin of NATO’s easternmost members.

Elizabeth Zolotukhina is an International affairs professional with academic and policy experience in nonproliferation, arms control, Russia/Eurasia, and writing/editing. She has published in peer-reviewed and non peer-reviewed outlets and presented at academic conferences and policy briefings.
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The exercise is held twice a year, but this fortnight’s war games are the biggest they have ever been.
Michael Fallon, the defence secretary, said on Friday that aggression from the Kremlin was one of an “unprecedented” number of threats to the international order.
British and French troops hold a parachute assault as part of Joint Warrior in 2013. This year their will be an airborne landing around Salisbury Plain (Danny Lawson/PA)
HMS Ambush, one of the Navy’s new Astute class hunter killer submarines, and the frigate HMS Somerset will be joined by US and Canadian warships for submarine hunting practice.
Another Navy submarine, HMS Talent, suffered a deep dent to its conning tower during secret operations at the same time, with reports it may have been involved in the search. The Ministry of Defence said it had collided with floating ice.
In a separate sign of growing European concern over the threat of Russian aggression, the five Nordic countries have formed a new loose defence alliance against their eastern neighbour.
The announcement came in a joint article in Norway’s Aftonposten newspaper signed by the defence ministers of NorwaySwedenDenmark and Finland, and the foreign minister of Iceland.
The Swedish military spent days searching for a mysterious foreign submarine off its coast last year, with many suspecting it was a Russian vessel (REX)
Describing Russia’s conduct as “the gravest challenge to European security”, they committed their governments to closer military and intelligence cooperation.
“The security situation in the Nordic countries’ surrounding area has noticeably deteriorated over the past year,” the five ministers wrote.
“We must be prepared to face possible crises or incidents ... We have to relate to Russia’s actions, not the Kremlin’s rhetoric.”
The five Nordic countries have committed themselves to increased joint military exercises, intelligence sharing, and cooperation over cyber security. They also pledged industrial cooperation, including in the defence sector.
The new Nordic grouping brings together Nato members Norway, Denmark and Iceland with traditionally neutral Sweden and Finland.
While Nato is committed to come to the aid of its members, non-members have no such guarantees.
The announcement came as Milos Zeman, the Czech president, became the latest European leader to say he will not attend a military parade in Moscow next month to mark the 70th anniversary of V-E Day.
Mr Zeman was one of very few European leaders planning to travel to Russia for the parade, which will commemorate the end of the Second World War in Europe.
He had been under increasing pressure to join an informal boycott of the ceremony by EU leaders over Russia’s role in Ukraine crisis.
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Europe's biggest war game: UK sends warning to Russia we ARE ready amid growing tensions | UK | News

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The military drills dubbed Exercise Joint Warrior includes around 50 warships and submarines, 70 aircrafts and a total 13,000 military personnel. 
Participating countries are NATO member states including the US, Germany, France and Turkey, as troops are prepared to respond to attacks and detect enemy vessels underwater or aircraft in the skies. 
Prior to the launch of the drills, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said the war games were not a response to any single country. 
The MoD said in a statement: "There will be significant naval and aerial activity off the west and east coast of Scotland, including amphibious landings on the west coast."
This comes after a Russian submarine ventured closed to Scottish waters in recent weeks. Since the Ukraine crisis, there are growing concerns that Russia has increased in incursions by submarines and warplanes to test European and North American defences since relations between Moscow and the West began to deteriorate. 
The West accuse Russia of having a hand in the crisis in eastern Ukraine, an allegation strongly rejected by the Kremlin.
Yesterday Defence Secretary Michael Fallon accused President Putin of "subverting democracy" with his actions in eastern Ukraine and Crimea. 
Speaking at a general election speech in London, he said: "Defence of the realm is the first rule of government. We are seeing multiple, concurrent challenges to the international order that many believe is unprecedented." 
This will be Britain's biggest military training exercise, as it has the largest contingent of forces. 
Fighter jets will operate from a range of bases, including RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, RAF Marham in Norfolk, RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire and RAF Lossiemouth in Moray, Scotland. 
The exercise comes as the western military alliance has staged numerous war games over the past year.
The Exercise Joint Warrior, which is held twice a year, is planned to continue until April 24.
The drills will consist of anti-submarine warfare, mock attacks on warships by small vessels and mock amphibious landings as well as mine clearing and airborne landing.
In 2014, NATO forces held some 200 military exercises, with NATO General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg having promised that such drills would continue.
This is while Russia has in turn staged a number of military drills in response, despite Moscow repeatedly condemning NATO’s exercises and military buildup toward its borders.
In a further announcement, that is sure to test relations with Russia, NATO said it was reducing the size of a Russian delegation to the alliance in Brussels to 30 people. 
The new restriction on the total number of personnel from NATO partner countries applies to all 41 countries affected. 
Russia is said to be the only country whose delegations reaches around 50. 
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Fake news stories. Doctored photographs. Staged TV clips. Armies of paid trolls. Has Putin’s Russia developed a new kind of information warfare – fought in the ‘psychosphere’ rather than on the battlefield? Or is it all just a giant