Archived posts with tag ‘France’

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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Danger Room: New Somalia Attack Could Jeopardize U.S. Shadow War

Five years after the U.S. backed a disastrous Ethiopian invasion of Somalia, Washington is considering supporting another ill-conceived incursion into the war-torn East African nation — this one by neighboring Kenya. Meanwhile, the U.S. has escalated its drone campaign against Somali insurgents, apparently coordinating the aerial strikes to take advantage of the Kenyan advance.

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Peter’s Atlantic Round-Up

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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Peter’s Atlantic Round-Up

If you thought relations between Britain’s military and the previous government were bad, you haven’t seen anything yet. U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday lashed out at critics in the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force who complained of low morale due to almost 14 years of constant operations. Matters came to a head when the First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope, warned that current operations were “unsustainable.” When asked about the comments at a press conference on Downing Street, Cameron remarked, “There are moments when I wake up and think, ‘You do the fighting, I’ll do the talking.’”


Danger Room: When Secret Sats Spy on Us, Monsieur Legault Spies Back

From mysterious robotic space planes to giant spy satellites the size of school buses, space is teeming with secret American hardware meant to gaze down on insurgents, terrorists and, well, everybody on the third rock from the sun.

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Peter’s Atlantic Round-Up

Spanish authorities uncovered a big sanctions-busting deal this week after raids in Barcelona and Madrid. The bust concerns the export of nine Bell-212 helicopters to Iran and chopper parts to Venezuela. The aircraft could be converted for military uses and thus are banned by U.N. sanctions. Furthermore, the parts were being exported to Venezuela without the proper permits. The total value of the choppers and parts comes to well over 100 million Euros.

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Danger Room: Attack Helos in Libya Mean Deadly Days Ahead — For Everyone

The two-month-old civil war in Libya is about to get a lot deadlier, for both sides.


Peter’s Atlantic Round-Up

Getting an update on the progress of the small British, French and Italian mission in rebel-held Libya is proving difficult as the rebel administration and the advisers’ respective governments keep under wraps the whole program to transform the rag-tag rebel army.

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French Agents Assisting Bahraini, Libyan Counter-Democracy Forces

Incredible. Just days after Bahraini forces killed at least three pro-democracy protesters in street clashes and Libyan air force defectors admit they were ordered to bomb demonstrators, a French government-owned training company is boasting about its support for both the Bahraini and Libyan armed forces.


Atlantic Sentinel: Britain, France to Pool Military Resources

Faced with severe budget cuts at home, Britain and France agreed today to work more closely together in the realm of defense. At a bilateral summit in London, Prime Minister David Cameron said that he and President Nicolas Sarkozy had opened a “new chapter” in the relationship between the two countries.