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Turning around the 2007 cyber attack: lessons from Estonia

Estonia’s experience in handling the cyber attacks of 2007 has positioned the country as a thought leader in cyber security. This article outlines the major lessons learned from these serious instances of ultra-modern warfare, as told by Lauri Almann, the Permanent Undersecretary of the Ministry of Defence at the time …

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Target: Estonia – Britain’s nuclear plan for Tallinn, Tartu and Viljandi

While Estonia was an unwilling member of the Soviet Union, from a military perspective it was a legitimate target in the event of a Soviet nuclear first-strike attack on the UK or its NATO allies. I will never forget the first time I saw a Vulcan bomber take-off. Standing next …

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Estonian firm floats a new idea to combat naval piracy (video)

Despite a decrease in global piracy during 2012, almost 300 vessels were boarded, hi-jacked or fired upon while sailing on the high seas. In the worst affected areas, such as the coast of Somalia and the Gulf of Aden, warships from a coalition of international navies are on patrol to …

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Estonian NGO contributes to the future of young Syrian refugees

Syria has been dominating the headlines of international media channels for quite some time now. It seems the conflict that has been going on for two years has little left to astonish us with. Nonetheless, amid the political debates and discussions on the appropriate international response to the civil war …

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Estonian innovation: day one at DSEI 2013 defence expo

DSEI (Defence Systems and Equipment International) bills itself as the “world’s leading defence and security event”. Over 1,500 companies from 50 countries showcase their wares to an estimated 30,000 people over a four-day period at London’s ExCel Centre. During day one, I caught up with Estonian Eli Airborne Solutions and …

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Estonia to take command of Baltic Naval Squadron next year

Estonia will in January 2014 take over command of the Baltic Naval Squadron (BALTRON) to which the Estonian Navy will contribute a mission unit and a staff and support vessel. The 15th anniversary of the establishment of the joint Baltic mine countermeasures was marked in Klaipeda, Lithuania in August. The …

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U.S. – Baltic relations: Laying the groundwork for deeper cooperation

President Barack Obama will host Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Latvian President Andris Bērziņš, and Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė at the White House on August 30. This is the first such meeting at the White House since 1998. By Luke Coffey The four heads of state are expected to discuss …

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