Archived posts from category ‘Europe’

02.07.12
Danger Room: Belarus Dictator Says He’s Totally Not Building a Dynasty

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Dictatorship is a hereditary business, because in a dictatorship, it’s all about you. And if you can’t succeed yourself, at least some of your DNA can, which can work out pretty great for your kinfolk — though that doesn’t always play well with the peasants. That’s probably why Belarus’ authoritarian president wants [...]

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14.06.12
Danger Room: Putin Wants New Long-Range Bombers and a Gazillion Drones

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Russia’s fleet of rusty strategic bombers has seen better days. For one, they haven’t seen significant upgrades in decades. For two, the fleet is less than half the size of America’s combined force of conventional B-52s, B-1Bs and B-2 stealth bombers. And with plans by the U.S. to build a stealthy new [...]

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10.05.12
Danger Room: Pentagon’s Newest Ballistic Missile-Blaster Shoots Down Its Target

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN The Pentagon’s newest ballistic missile interceptor successfully destroyed a test missile off the coast of Hawaii late Wednesday. It’s a first for the latest upgrade to the America’s — and NATO’s — main defense against a missile attack from North Korea or Iran, assuming one ever comes. According to the Pentagon’s Missile [...]

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23.02.12
Danger Room: Sacré Bleu! French Drone Documents Stolen From Paris Train Station

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN There are thieves out there who want your luggage, which is why you should never leave it unattended. There are also spies who want your confidential documents about your next-gen spy drone. You probably don’t want to leave those alone either. That’s apparently what happened to two Dassault Aviation employees earlier this [...]

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02.02.12
Peter’s Atlantic Round-Up

by PETER VINE United Kingdom Despite the cuts, the drumbeat of operations rolls on. In addition to the previously announced dispatching of Type 45 Destroyer HMS Daring to the Persian Gulf to join the international flotilla already there, the Foreign Office released a rather hurried notification to the press that Daring’s sister ship, HMS Dauntless, [...]

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18.01.12
Peter’s Atlantic Round-Up

by PETER VINE United States & Europe The United States unveiled a major refocus in defense policy last week: a shift away from Europe via a major withdrawal of personnel and material from the continent as the U.S. redirects toward Asia. The shift had been trailed for as long as a year with U.S. involvement [...]

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12.01.12
Peter’s Atlantic Round-Up

The arrest of former Turkish Chief of Staff Ilker Basbug as part of an ongoing investigation into anti-government plotting within the military has come as a shock to many within Turkey. He will face trial in a civil court, which was unthinkable even a decade ago.

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06.12.11
Peter’s Atlantic Round-Up

U.K.
A Grenadier Guardsman, Daniel Crook, has been sentenced to 18 months and dishonorably discharged from the British Army for stabbing a 10-year-old boy in Afghanistan. Crook had been drinking so heavily the day before the incident that he had to receive treatment. There was such concern that he might be a danger that when he joined his section for a patrol at Nad e Ali, he had his rifle confiscated. He was armed with just a bayonet and two grenades.

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29.11.11
Peter’s Atlantic Round-Up

Missile Defense
Russian President Dimitry Medvedev has announced on national television that in the event of the failure of talks over U.S. and European missile defenses, Russia will opt to re-equip its strategic rocket forces with new nuclear warheads and deploy short-range missiles in areas close to NATO members. “We will not agree to take part in a program that in a relatively short period of time, in five, six or perhaps eight years’ time is capable of weakening our (nuclear) deterrent potential,” Medvedev said. The United States has replied that it will press on with its missile-defense program.

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11.10.11
Peter’s Atlantic Round-Up

BAE Systems
One of the biggest defense firms in the world announced over 3,000 job losses at a variety of sites within the U.K. as Eurofighter Typhoon production slows. Many of the losses are going to happen regardless of the result of future bids in India and Japan, which could be worth over 200 planes in total.

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23.09.11
Peter’s Atlantic Round-Up

Libya
The role played by mercenaries on both sides of the conflict in Libya has become clearer after claims that British, French and Qatari mercs had been captured by pro-Gadhafi forces near Bani Walid, one of the few remaining strongholds of the North African strongman.

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09.09.11
Peter’s Atlantic Round-Up

by PETER VINE Libya As the war in Libya reaches its conclusion around Moammar Gadhafi’s hometown of Sirte, rather embarrassing questions are starting to be asked about the role of mercenaries. Until now the focus has been on Gadhafi importing so-called “African” mercenaries from the Central African Republic and Chad, but now a Bosnian-Croat has [...]

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