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Think tank: NATO cannot currently successfully defend Estonia

At the moment, NATO cannot successfully defend the territory of its most exposed members, including Estonia, RAND Corporation, a global policy think tank, says in its recent analysis. The think tank analysed a series of wargames conducted in the Baltics between the summer of 2014 and the spring of 2015, …

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Estonia helps increase Georgia’s cyber security capability

The Estonian Ministry of Defence, in cooperation with Georgia, has prepared a training and exercise package aimed at raising the southern European country’s cyber security capability. The two countries have opened an extensive cyber related series of trainings in Georgia, in order to ensure the uninterrupted functioning of Georgian governmental …

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PICTURES: Estonian peacekeepers in Lebanon

Since May last year, Estonian peacekeepers have been based in border area, separating Lebanon and Israel, as part of the United Nations’ peacekeeping mission. Estonian peacekeepers are conducting patrols; training and patrolling with the Lebanese Armed Forces as well as carrying out other peacekeeping duties from their base in Tiri, …

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Spain and Belgium take over NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission

The 40th rotation of the NATO Baltic Air Policing mission will take place on 7 January in Lithuania and Estonia as responsibility for the mission will be transferred from Hungary and Germany to Spain and Belgium. Spain will lead the Baltic Air Policing mission for the first four months of …

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Estonia joins a UK-led joint force to tackle common threats

The United Kingdom will be at the forefront of a high-readiness force that includes Estonia. On 30 November, the British defence secretary, Michael Fallon, committed the UK to a leading role in the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF), which will include Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands and Norway, and could …

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Nordic defence cooperation and the Russian threat

Michael Lambert explores the state of Nordic defence cooperation in light of recent Russian aggression. Military cooperation between Northern European countries has been difficult to implement, especially because of diverging interests among countries bordering the Baltic Sea. This unique space includes Russia and its military outpost located in the oblast …

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Photos: F-22 Raptors in Estonia

Two United States Air Force (USAF) F-22 Raptors recently landed at Ämari Air Base, Estonia, as part of their European mission. This forward deployment of the Raptors was part of the inaugural F-22 training deployment to Europe and is funded by the European Reassurance Initiative, which provides support to bolster …

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