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Saber Strike 2013 successfully concluded (video)

Saber Strike 2013 concluded last week, as training locations in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia held closing ceremonies to commemorate two weeks of multinational exercises in the Baltics. “The exercise was an extreme success,” said Col. Frederick Jessen, U.S. Army Europe’s contingency-command post officer in charge. “We partnered with numerous nations …

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Cybersecurity: 3DOS – the new breed of denial-of-service attacks

The traditional DOS (denial-of-service) attack is a fairly simple concept to understand – bombarding a target server, perhaps that of a newspaper, bank or government agency, with a deluge of botnet traffic until it simply gives up the ghost. President Toomas Hendrik Ilves’s own nifty analogy (and my favourite) is that it is …

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Cold War in the north

The Nordic and Baltic states are increasingly worried about Russia. Discussing NATO membership in Sweden is a bit like discussing sex at a church youth club. Everyone agrees the subject is important, but you have to tiptoe round some taboos. I have just been in Stockholm courtesy of the terrific Free …

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Estonia and Lithuania disagree on rotating NATO air policing mission

Estonian Minister of Defence, Urmas Reinsalu, has declined to comment on the dispute between Estonia and Lithuania in relation to NATO air policing mission’s periodic rotation. Currently, the mission is based in Lithuania, but Estonia would like to see it rotating between the two countries. Meanwhile, Juozas Olekas, Lithuanian defence minister, who wants …

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Estonia to support development of domestic defence industry with 300 thousand Euros

Estonian government will this year allocate 300 000 euros as a measure aimed at promoting the development of the domestic defence industry. “The competition for development support announced at the beginning of the year that is now in the phase of filing applications, is meant namely for entrepreneurs, to whom …

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Estonia to increase contribution to UN peacekeeping operations

Secretary general of the Estonian Defence Ministry Mikk Marran and UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous signed a memorandum of intent in New York regarding Estonia’s participation in UN peacekeeping operations. According to the agreement signed at UN headquarters, Estonia will regularly inform the organisation of military observers and staff officers …

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President Ilves: “No such thing as a free app”

President Ilves today addressed the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Homeland Security in the UK House of Commons, upon the invitation of its treasurer, James Morris MP. The key theme of the President’s remarks was identity and, more specifically, who should be responsible for securing and guaranteeing it in society. He …

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Forecasting the Baltics’ future security environment

Every few years, the U.S. National Intelligence Council (NIC) publishes studies of how the world might evolve over the next two decades. Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds, released in December 2012, is the latest such iteration. Its four scenarios include one in which the United States turns inward and economic globalisation …

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Edward Lucas: The Baltic states – defending the least defensible?

Russia is poised to gain technical superiority over NATO in areas that are crucial to the defence of the Baltic states. Scandinavian defence pundits are a sober bunch. But the latest report by the Swedish Defence Research Agency is a gripping read. Its 115 pages offer the first comprehensive and …

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