Archived posts with tag ‘Europe’

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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12.08.11
Peter’s Atlantic Round-Up

Turkey
It was a showdown that was years in the making. Turkey’s largely secular military and the moderate Islamic government facing off over the future of the nation, as well as over promotions and the prosecution of hundreds of military officers following an alleged coup plot. The result? The entire senior command of the Turkish armed forces resigning en masse.

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21.07.11
Peter’s Atlantic Round-Up

European Union
British Foreign Secretary William Hague has blocked an attempt by his opposite number within the E.U. to establish a permanent European “Operational HQ” that could have power over British troops. The “OHQ” idea was pushed by E.U. Foreign High Representative Baroness Ashton and would involve civilian and military officials specializing in crisis-management. OHQ would have control over “European battle groups,” which could include British servicemen.

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15.07.11
Peter’s Atlantic Round-Up

Libya
NATO powers America, Britain and France admitted yesterday that military force alone cannot dislodge Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi. French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe noted that emissaries from the Libyan leader are saying that he is “ready to go” — and that the onus is now on the Benghazi-based Transitional National Council to agree to sit down with the Gadhafi government to discuss a transition of power.

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30.06.11
Peter’s Atlantic Round-Up

by PETER VINE Libya As the battle for Tripoli looms, France has begun air-dropping assault rifles, machine guns, RPGs and even Milan anti-tank missiles to rebels in the mountains south of the Libyan capital. Whether this fits U.N. Resolution 1973 is a serious debate, with France insisting that it is simply arming civilians to protect [...]

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16.06.11
Peter’s Atlantic Round-Up

NATO
A collection of small to medium nations forever cutting back on defense budgets and simply unable rather than unwilling to take part in major operations, due to a lack of kit and major munitions shortages. That’s how U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates described NATO this week in a major valedictory speech.

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08.06.11
Peter’s Atlantic Round-Up

America in Europe
The United States is to push on with cuts to its forces stationed in continental Europe. Plans call for a gradual reduction of American forces in Europe from 42,000 to 37,000. This cut is smaller than what previous defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld had called for, but more than what service chiefs want.

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23.05.11
Peter’s Atlantic Round-Up

Libya
Events are starting to move quickly in North Africa, with a visit by the most senior American official yet to the rebel leadership — as well as reports of the French dispatching 12 attack helicopters on May 17 to the region to assist rebel forces. The force was dispatched on the amphibious assault ship Le Tonnerre. Now it appears that Britain intends to send attack helicopters, too.

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03.05.11
Peter’s Atlantic Round-Up

Eurofighter Typhoon/Dassault Rafale
India is a step closer to choosing a candidate for the medium multi-role combat aircraft order. Dropping bids from America, Russia and Sweden, the final shortlist includes EADS’s Eurofighter Typhoon and Dassault’s Rafale. The two companies have been asked to extend their bids to the end of the year where a winner will be chosen.

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26.04.11
Peter’s Atlantic Round-Up

Russia
The long saga continues. Will the Russian army become professional or not? It is an issue that has dogged the military long before the wall came down. Currently Russia operates a mixed system of professional and conscripted soldiers. Conscription has been described as one of the biggest human-rights scandals in Russia. In dedovshchina, or “rule of the grandfathers,” conscripts are forced to beg, steal and even donate blood to bring in money for their unit. Those who desert are so affected by the experience that they often go on violent rampages. And if that weren’t enough, there are on average over 1,000 non-combat deaths a year within the Russian military.

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