Obama supports Poroshenko’s attack “on his own people.”
June 23rd, 2014
Featured Guest: RICK ROZOFF
Rick Rozoff of STOP NATO discusses the junta tactics of recently “elected” Ukrainian President, Petro Poroshenko. This is the largest-scale military activity in the history of Ukraine. It is being conducted against civilian centers. Rozoff also discusses Turkey’s role in the current situation in Iraq and Syria.
Everyone is expecting voices to emerge challenging America’s visibly lying media and President, but there’s only silence. This is decadence in real-time.
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NATO SHIP OPERATES ALONGSIDE BALLISTIC MISSILE DEFENCE CRUISER
MEDITERRANEAN SEA: NATO’s counter-terrorism Operation ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR flagship, ESPS CRISTÓBAL COLÓN, exercised with the United States Navy cruiser USS VELLA GULF, which is configured with the advanced AEGIS combat system to provide ballistic missile defence (BMD), earlier this month.
During the exercise, CRISTÓBAL COLÓN and VELLA GULF executed Air Defence manoeuvres eliminating simulated conventional air threats while the U.S. cruiser also engaged a simulated BMD threat. This exercise was made possible by the seamless integration of the AEGIS Combat Systems that both CRISTÓBAL COLÓN and VELLA GULF operate. Information on air threats were identified, analysed and passed between the two warships during the two-day exercise.
“The coordination and synchronization between our forces clearly demonstrated the critical importance of interoperability to the success of multi-national operations,” said Rear Admiral Diaz Del Rio, Commander Standing NATO Maritime Group TWO (SNMG2). “Missile defence is a collective commitment, and through teamwork, we can maximize the effectiveness of our defences.”
CRISTÓBAL COLÓN, under the command of the Commander Enrique Núñez de Prado, has been the SNMG2 flagship since March 14, and will be relieved by USS LEYTE GULF, a United States Navy cruiser of the same class as VELLA GULF, as flagship later this week.
Story by HQ MARCOM Public Affairs Office
July 7, 2014
Ganja hosts talks on Azerbaijani-NATO relations
By Sara Rajabova
A round table titled “NATO-Azerbaijani relations: prospects of 20 years-long partnership” was held by the Euro-Atlantic Information Centre in Ganja, the second-largest city of Azerbaijan.
Addressing the event, expert at the International Affairs Department at Azerbaijan`s Foreign Ministry Vugar Gurbanov provided an insight into the current state of Azerbaijani-NATO-partnership, as well as the prospects of Azerbaijan`s cooperation with the Northern-Atlantic Alliance.
NATO`s coordinator for Southern Caucasus Despina Afentouli delivered a report titled “NATO-Azerbaijani relations: priorities of the Wales Summit”.
Afentouli stressed the importance of Azerbaijani-NATO partnership, and hailed Azerbaijan`s contribution to NATO`s peacekeeping operations in Afghanistan.
The event, financially supported by NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division, brought together more than 50 members of the general public.
NATO and Azerbaijan are actively cooperating on democratic, institutional, and military reforms, and have practical cooperation in various areas.
The cooperation plan between Azerbaijan and NATO is set out in the Individual Partnership Action Plan (IPAP) on Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijan is planning to achieve Euro-Atlantic standards and get closer to Euro-Atlantic institutions. In this regard, pressing ahead with reforms in the security sector and establishing several democratic institutions are the key elements of the NATO-Azerbaijan cooperation.
Lost in the swamp and welter of the pit,
He flounders off the duck-boards; only he knows
Each flash and spouting crash, – each instant lit
When gloom reveals the streaming rain. He goes
Heavily, blindly on. And, while he blunders,
“Could anything be worse than this?” – he wonders,
Remembering how he saw those Germans run,
Screaming for mercy among the stumps of trees:
Green-faced, they dodged and darted: there was one
Livid with terror, clutching at his knees. . .
Our chaps were sticking ‘em like pigs…”O hell!”
He thought – -”there’s things in war one dare not tell
Poor father sitting safe at home, who reads
Of dying heroes and their deathless deeds.”
When you are standing at your hero’s grave,
Or near some homeless village where he died,
Remember, through your heart’s rekindling pride,
The German soldiers who were loyal and brave.
Men fought like brutes; and hideous things were done;
And you have nourished hatred, harsh and blind.
But in that Golgotha perhaps you’ll find
The mothers of the men who killed your son.
Sofia News Agency
July 4, 2014
NATO’s Breeze 2014 Naval Drills Kick Off in Black Sea
Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Turkey and the US are due to take part in NATO’s Breeze 2014 naval drills beginning on July 4, Bulgaria’s Defense Ministry has announced.
The nine-day-long military exercise is to be held in the Western section of the sea and are aimed at improving the tactical compatibility and collaboration among naval forces of the alliance’s member states.
Apart from ships provided by the Balkan countries and the US, the Pentagon has also deployed a patrol warplane.
NATO’s website also reports that Italian navy frigates, the ITS AVIERE and the ITS RIMINI, have entered the Black Sea to participate.
Bulgaria’s port city of Burgas has peen picked to host the staff of the drills.
While Breeze 2014 is taking place, the staff of the Bulgarian Naval Forces will be certified for conformity of the level of planning independent operations to NATO criteria, according to the website pan.bg, specialized in defense issues.
The exercise, which ends July 13, starts amid stepped-up presence of alliance forces in the Black Sea over the Ukraine crisis and Russia’s decision to incorporate the Crimean peninsula in March this year.
From La face (1956)
Translated by Xan Fielding
Guillaume Vauban – there was nothing he did not know about him! “Good-for-nothing” – wasn’t that what Widow Durasse had called him? “Utterly rotten” would have been nearer the truth! A slimy character, always violent when he drank, he thought he could do exactly as he liked simply because his father had made a fortune during the war and had influential connections. He had been mixed up in all sorts of dirty business. The last time, a year ago, he had even had a brush with the police. If it had not been for his father he would probably have been put in jail.
Jean Berthier tried hard not to listen, but the little he heard of this droning monologue had the pestilential stink of dishonesty and double-dealing. It amounted to this: high finance, in the person of Vauban, was at the root of it all; all the others were mere puppets in his hands. In his heedless desire to convince him, Laigle gradually revealed the truth in all its hideous details…So the play he had seen three months before, which he had regarded as utterly libelous, was based on true facts after all. That world actually existed, and was now making proposals to him…”
“But you can’t refuse, Jean. It’s such a small thing to ask you to do…Think of your future, think of your wife. Vauban would never forgive you if you refused. And he’s a man with a lot of power.”
This was sheer blackmail: promises followed by threats…
“The accused’s father, gentleman, whom we were all prepared to pity, whose suffering we would all have shared had he adopted a decent attitude – I have no compunction about mentioning his name here today in order to reprove his conduct. He never hesitated to employ every underhanded scheme he could think of. I must put the jury on their guard against the impudent stratagems of the gang he directs.”
“Under his control this arrogant, mercenary gang, whose members, I regret to say, include a number of well-known public figures, have done all they could to obstruct the course of justice, sowing doubt and disorder in certain simple minds, and tipping the scales with their ill-gotten gold to further an iniquitous cause.”
“Secret weapons have been introduced into this case for the most iniquitous purposes, by the foulest and most underhand means imaginable. These weapons have been leveled against the forces of law and order, including myself. The powers of Evil have tried to corrupt us and press us into the service of their loathsome cause. I am sorry to say, gentlemen, that among us there are some who weakened and succumbed…”
National Radio Company of Ukraine
July 2, 2014
Ukrainian forces launched massive air, artillery strikes on terrorists in east
“Since the active phase of the counterterrorism operation was resumed on Tuesday morning, government forces have launched massive air and artillery strikes on a total of 120 roadblocks, strongholds, and bases of terrorists in eastern Ukraine, killing hundreds of terrorists and cleansing three villages,” Andriy Lysenko, spokesman for the National Security and Defence Council, said at a news briefing on Wednesday.
One of the bases of terrorists was totally destroyed by shelling, he said.
National Radio Company of Ukraine
July 2, 2014
U.S. Secretary of State assures Ukrainian President that Washington, allies will continue to pressure Russia
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has assured Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko that Washington and its allies will continue to put pressure on Russia.
“Kerry talked to Poroshenko about how the United States and our European partners are willing to do more to press Russia to end support to the separatists in eastern Ukraine and said we are continually preparing more costs for Russia if it does not take further steps,” State Department deputy spokesperson Marie Harf said at a news briefing on Tuesday, commenting on a phone conversation between Kerry and Poroshenko. According to her, Kerry “expressed U.S. support for the people of Ukraine and for the Ukrainian government’s effort to maintain public order, and welcomed Poroshenko’s commitment to pursue his peace plan”. “We still have the ability to put the sanctions in place very quickly. We are talking to the Europeans about them every day. I don’t have anything to announce, but we are looking very closely at what we might do next,” Harf said.
National Radio Company of Ukraine
July 2, 2014
EU Council President confirms EU’s readiness to take restrictive measures against Russia if required by situation in Ukraine
EU Council President Herman van Rompuy has confirmed the European Union’s readiness to take restrictive measures against Russia if required by the situation in Ukraine.
Addressing the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday, van Rompuy said that EU leaders were prepared to take further serious action at any time.
July 3, 2014
Georgia, NATO mull further cooperation
By Jamila Babayeva
Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Alasania met with NATO’s Assistant Secretary General Sorin Ducaru, who paid an official visit to Georgia.
“During the meeting, the two sides discussed Georgia’s NATO integration prospects and current preliminary works for the upcoming NATO summit in Wales,” the Georgian ministry reported.
The sides also touched upon the Georgian troops’ participation in international missions. Alasania briefed Ducaru about the progress achieved in terms of democratic development of Georgia and the implemented defense reforms in the country.
Defense transformation process in Georgia’s Defense Ministry was among other issues discussed during the meeting. Alasnia thanked the NATO official for supporting Georgia’s role in the Reasonable Defense Project.
The talks also involved the prospects of cooperation between two sides on cyber-security issues. The two sides also talked about different aspects of the planned visits of NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative James Appathurai and NATO International Service Delegation to Georgia in July.
Georgia is actively preparing for the NATO Wales Summit slated for September 4-5, 2014. It intends to get a NATO Membership Action Plan during the summit.
July 3, 2014
Washington-based think-thank hails Azerbaijan’s role as NATO partner
By Sara Rajabova
Azerbaijan’s position as an important partner of the NATO was highlighted in Washington.
One of the influential analytical centers in the U.S., the Washington-based Atlantic Council hosted an event titled: “NATO in the Caucasus: Example of Azerbaijan.”
The event coincided with the 20th anniversary of Azerbaijan’s joining to the NATO Partnership for Peace program.
Addressing the event, Atlantic Council President, Frederick Kempe noted that as an important partner of the NATO, Azerbaijan has gained continuous attention, Azerbaijani embassy in the U.S. said.
Other speakers of the event included Azerbaijani Ambassador to NATO, Khazar Ibrahim, Deputy Assistant Secretary from the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, Eric Rubin, Visiting Researcher at Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies of Georgetown University, Brenda Shaffer.
The NATO and Azerbaijan are actively cooperating on democratic, institutional, and military reforms, and enjoy practical cooperation in various areas.
The cooperation plan between Azerbaijan and the NATO is set out in the Individual Partnership Action Plan (IPAP) on Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijan is seeking to achieve Euro-Atlantic standards and get closer to Euro-Atlantic institutions. In this regard, supporting some reforms in the security sector and establishing democratic institutions are the key elements of the NATO-Azerbaijan cooperation.
Referring to the 20 years’ history of the NATO-Azerbaijan relations, Ibrahim said these relations have been developing and taking a strategic character, after Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev’s last visit to the NATO Headquarters.
He noted that during those years, Azerbaijan, who received assistance from NATO, turned to a country that contributes to different activities of the organization.
Ibrahim also spoke about Azerbaijan’s support in various operations in Afghanistan.
He pointed out the unequivocal support to Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity and sovereignty in the final documents of the latest NATO summits.
Addressing the event, Rubin said Azerbaijan’s participation in the NATO Partnership for Peace Program had “very impressive” effects, praising this relation as a “successful story”.
He also noted Azerbaijan’s important position in Northern Distribution Network (NDN), ensuring communication with Afghanistan and hailed country’s role in cooperation in this field.
Presently, Azerbaijan supports the international peace keeping operations in Afghanistan. Currently, some 90 Azerbaijani servicemen are serving as part of international forces securing safety in Afghanistan (The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)).
Azerbaijan is also among the eight partner countries that have confirmed their presence in Afghanistan after 2014. Peacekeepers of the country will stay in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country by the end of 2014. However, Azerbaijan will reduce its presence in Afghanistan after 2014.
Shaffer, in turn, spoke about the problems and threats that Azerbaijan faces in the region. Hailing Azerbaijan’s cooperation with the NATO in the field of security, she said the oil-rich country contributes to the European energy security.
She noted that current conflict in the South Caucasus region negatively impacts the regional processes.
Shaffer spoke in favor of active participation of the U.S. in the settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, which erupted back in 1988 over Armenia’s territorial claims against Azerbaijan.
Armenia occupied over 20 percent of Azerbaijan’s internationally recognized territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions, after laying territorial claims against its South Caucasus neighbor that caused a brutal war in the early 1990s. Long-standing efforts by U.S, Russian and French mediators have been largely fruitless so far.
John Greenleaf Whittier
“Put up the sword!” The voice of Christ once more
Speaks, in the pauses of the cannon’s roar,
O’er fields of corn by fiery sickles reaped
And left dry ashes; over trenches heaped
With nameless dead; o’er cities starving slow
Under a rain of fire; through wards of woe
Down which a groaning diapason runs
From tortured brothers, husbands, lovers, sons
Of desolate women in their far-off homes,
Waiting to hear the step that never comes!
O men and brothers! let that voice be heard.
War fails, try peace; put up the useless sword!
Fear not the end. There is a story told
In Eastern tents, when autumn nights grow cold,
And round the fire the Mongol shepherds sit
With grave responses listening unto it
Once, on the errands of his mercy bent,
Buddha, the holy and benevolent,
Met a fell monster, huge and fierce of look,
Whose awful voice the hills and forests shook.
“O son of peace!” the giant cried, “thy fate
Is sealed at last, and love shall yield to hate.”
The unarmed Buddha looking, with no trace
Of fear or anger, in the monster’s face,
In pity said: “Poor fiend, even thee I love.”
Lo! as he spake the sky-tall terror sank
To hand-breadth size; the huge abhorrence shrank
Into the form and fashion of a dove;
And where the thunder of its rage was heard,
Circling above him sweetly sang the bird
“Hate hath no harm for love,” so ran the song;
“And peace unweaponed conquers every wrong!”
July 2, 2014
Ukrainian defense ministers claims 29 troops captured in southeast
A total of 29 Ukrainian troops have been captured by illegal armed groups in southeast Ukraine, Ukraine’s Acting Defense Minister Mykhailo Koval said.
“To date, 29 military hostages are in captivity,” Koval said at a briefing in Kyiv on Wednesday.
The Ukrainian side is doing all it can to secure their release, he added.
July 2, 2014
200 servicemen and law-enforcers killed during anti-terrorist operation in Ukraine’s east – Security and Defense Council
Two hundred Ukrainian servicemen and law enforcement personnel died and 619 people were wounded in eastern Ukraine since the anti-terrorist operation started, the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council said.
“The total number of dead is 200 people since the counter-terrorism operation started,” Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council information center representative Andriy Lysenko said at a briefing in Kyiv on Wednesday.
July 2, 2014
Avakov’s counselor: More than 1000 fighters eliminated in first days after truce
Counselor of the Interior Minister of Ukraine Zoryan Schkiryak states that on July 1, on the first day of antiterrorist operation after termination of the truce in Donbass the ATO forces caused considerable damage to separatists.
“The first day of renewal of ATO active phase. In brief: Attack. Forces of the National Guard and Armed Forces released some strategically important cities in the Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts…and resumed control over “Dolzhanskyi” checkpoint. More than 1000 fighters were eliminated by powerful strikes on bases and positions of terrorists”, Schkiryak said.
According to the words of the counselor, separatists are ready to lay down arms and try to come to an agreement about a “corridor” to the RF and guarantees for those, who did not committed heinous crimes.
“Sure, main battles are further down the road and it will be very difficult, but in whole a dynamic is positive. ATO will last till victory”, writes the counselor of the minister.
Ministry of Defence of Georgia
June 30, 2014
Meeting with the U.S. Senate Advisors’ Delegation
Today, Deputy Minister of Defence of Georgia has hosted the United States Senate Advisors’ Delegation. At the meeting with the Senate Military Committee representatives Mikheil Darchiashvili discussed current defence cooperation between the U.S. and Georgia and the future perspectives aimed at strengthening Georgia’s defence capabilities.
One of the main topics of discussion was Georgia’s integration into the North-Atlantic Alliance and upcoming Wales summit of NATO. Mikheil Darchiashvili informed staffers of the implemented and current defence reforms. Georgian troops’ contribution to the international stability and security mission led under the auspices of NATO and EU was also highlighted by the attendees.
Ministry of Defence of Georgia
June 28, 2014
Final Panel “Reinvigorating the Alliance at the 2014 NATO Summit”
At the end of the Georgian Defence and Security Conference the final panel referred to upcoming NATO Summit and future plans of the Alliance. Within the discussions the participants talked about the challenges face to NATO and the ways how to respond to them. The participants talked over the necessity of reviewing the policy by NATO before the upcoming Summit in accordance with the reality existing in the world.
Senior Fellow and Director at the German Marshall Fund of the United States Damon Wilson, Permanent Representatives of Estonia and Romania to NATO Lauri Lepik and Stelian Stoian, as well as Senior Fellow for Asia of German Marshall Fund of the United States Daniel Twining took part in the final panel of GDSC.
The representative of College of International Security Affairs of National Defence University Grigol Mgaloblishvili moderated the final panel.
From My Past and Thoughts
Translated by Constance Garnett
…In a duel everything remains secret and concealed. It is an institution belonging to that pugnacious period when blood was still so fresh on men’s hands that the wearing of deadly weapons was looked on as a sign of nobility and exercise in the art of killing as an official duty.
So long as the world is governed by military men duels will not be abolished; but we may boldly demand that the choice should be left to us when we should bow the head to an idol we do not believe in, and when show ourselves free men in our full stature and – after battling with the gods and powers of this world – dare to challenge the bloody, mediaeval order…
U.S. Air Forces in Europe
U.S. Air Forces Africa
July 1, 2014
Ramstein C-130s begin deployment to Poland
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany: The U.S. and Polish air forces are participating in bilateral training during a flying training deployment at Powidz Air Base, Poland, July 1- August 31.
During the deployment, three U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules from the 86th Airlift Wing, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, will train with the Polish air force focusing on maintaining joint readiness while building interoperability capabilities.
This training event is in addition to the regularly scheduled C-130 training deployments, which the airlift wing’s 37th Airlift Squadron has participated in with Poland twice a year since 2012.
Fars News Agency
July 1, 2014
Deputy FM: US Trying to Turn Iraq into Another Ukraine
TEHRAN: Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian expressed concern about the situation in Iraq, and said that the US is trying to create a chaotic atmosphere in the Arab country similar to what it did in Ukraine.
“The events in Iraq are following a plan by the United States to turn the country into a second Ukraine,” Reuters quoted Amir Abdollahian as saying in Moscow.
The Iranian deputy foreign minister pointed to Iraq’s incidents, and said, “What is going on in Iraq is a psychological and media war by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to make the country insecure.”
Amir Abdollahian noted that Iran is ready to help Iraq if requested by the country, and said, “Iraq has not asked for Iran’s help, but Tehran is ready to dispatch weapons to Iraq within the framework of fighting terrorism.”
He reiterated that if the Iraqi ministry to fight terrorism calls for foreign aid Iran will provide such supports in accordance with international laws.
In similar remarks last week, Hamid Aboutalebi, the Iranian President’s Deputy Chief of Staff compared Iraq’s present conditions with Ukraine’s conditions before the separation of Crimea, and said, “I caution the Iraqi statesmen to take lesson from Ukraine’s recent political developments.”
He further noted that if the Iraqi people and leaders do not show sufficient wisdom and do not take warnings as serious, Iraq will face a similar fate like Ukraine.
June 30, 2014
U.S. backs Georgia’s NATO aspirations
By Jamila Babayeva
The U.S. supports Georgia’s aspirations of joining NATO, but it requires the consent of all members of the alliance.
Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, and Senior Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Benjamin Cardin made the remark to journalists during his visit to Georgia.
“The U.S. believes that NATO plays an important role in ensuring peace and stability,” he said. “We strongly support the policy of expanding the military-political bloc in Europe and Georgia’s aspirations to join the alliance, although the decision in this regard should be taken by consensus.”
Georgia is actively preparing for the NATO Wales summit on September 4-5, 2014 and intends to get a NATO Membership Action Plan.
A U.S. Congress delegation led by Cardin held a meeting with Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and President Giorgi Margvelashvili. The sides mainly were focused on the bilateral and multilateral relations, the strategic partnership between the countries, as well as Georgia’s association agreement with the EU and global and regional security issues.
From The Specter (1938)
Translated by Alexander Bakshy
“Here comes Aristide the traitor,” said Marina.
On the rostrum stood a debonair individual, also with a large head, his brown hair carelessly rumpled; he had a thick-set body, rather heavy and a little stooped. The thick cheeks of his wide face were puffy. Alternately opening his lively, smiling eyes very wide and screwing them up tightly, he stretched out his neck and nodded to a deputy in the front row of seats. Then he grinned, and began to talk in a conversational, chatty manner, his left hand caressing the lapel of his coat or the edge of the reading-stand, his right hand gently wafted in the air as if dispersing an invisible smoke. He talked fluently, his strong voice slightly husky. Clean-cut words chased one another jovially, tenderly, with pathos and sorrow, tinged with the merest trace of irony. He was attentively listened to. Many heads nodded approval. There were short, interested exclamations. One felt that his friendly smiles evoked responsive smiles from his listeners. One deputy, completely bald, wriggled his gray ears like a hare. Briand raised his voice, and arched his eyebrows. His eyes distended. His cheeks flushed. Samghin caught a particularly sizzling phrase:
“Our country, our beautiful France, our supreme love, has dedicated herself to the cause of freedom for man. But let us not forget that liberty is achieved by struggle.”
“Money for armaments,” said Marina, consulting her watch.
Briand was applauded, but there were also shouts of protest.
“I’ve had enough of this. I have forty minutes for lunch. Would you like to go with me?”
“So that’s the man,” she said, as they emerged into the street. “The son of an innkeeper, once a Socialist, like his friend, Millerand, who, not so long ago, gave orders to shoot down strikers.”
National Radio Company of Ukraine
July 27, 2014
Rasmussen: Goals of association agreements similar to NATO goals
The North Atlantic Alliance has welcomed the signature by the European Union of association agreements with Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova, describing this as a contribution to stability and prosperity in Europe, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Friday.
“I welcome the signature of Association Agreements between the EU and Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine,” he said.
Rasmussen said that the association agreements contributed to the consolidation of freedom, stability and prosperity in Europe. He also added that the objectives of the association agreements with the EU were similar to the goals that NATO shares and supports through its own partnership with Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova.
EXERCISE COMBINED RESOLVE II WRAPS UP WITH A BANG
Grafenwoehr, GERMANY: Exercise Combined Resolve II ended on Friday, 27 June with a literal bang as over 2,000 troops participated in a combined arms live fire exercise portion of the multinational six week long exercise.
The Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise (CALFEX) held at Grafenwoehr Training Area tested the compatibility of the newly rotated NATO response force U.S. land contingent, the Romanian Army’s land contingent of the Rapid Reaction Force and Georgian Army Soldiers.
“This is a offensive operation with the overall goal of not just sharing standard operating procedures but to have interoperability between the participants,” said Romanian Army Col. Adrian Popescu, Task Force commander. “The biggest thing we want to take away is the experience that we can gain from training with partner nations and by doing so improve our skills and tactics.”
Hosted by the U.S. Army Europe the exercise was meant to test and validate the NATO Response Forces capabilities through live firing of various weapon systems.
“The Task Force worked together with Romanian TR-85M1 Tanks, MLI-84M Infantry Fighting Vehicles, U.S. M1A2 Tanks and Bradley M2A3, in addition to air support from Apache helicopters,” said Colonel Popescu.
Combined Resolve took place over a six week period on two of the worlds most advanced training ranges and hosted over 4,000 troops from 15 Allied and partner nations.
Story by SHAPE Public Affairs Office
After leaving the United States, where he had lived in exile for thirteen years, for Switzerland in 1952:
“I only want to admit that, as in 1933, political matters were not excluded from my considerations. In that land so smiled upon, yet grown too powerful, an unfortunate world constellation has brought forth changes in the atmosphere which can be perceived as depressing and alarming.”
From An Appeal to Reason (1930)
Translated by H.T. Lowe-Porter
Every foreign policy corresponds to a domestic one which is its organic complement and forms with it an indissoluble intellectual whole.
Art and war
[T]here are hours, there are moments of our common life, when art fails to justify itself in practice; when the inner urgency of the artist fails him; when the more immediate necessities of our existence choke back his own thought; when the general distress and crisis shake him too, in such a way that what we call art, the happy and impassioned preoccupation with eternally human values, comes to seem idle, ephemeral, a superfluous thing, a mental impossibility. So it was, sixteen years ago, when the war broke out that was to be for every conscious being so much more than a war.
First World War: interests of the government versus interests of the people
Germany was led into that war by a system of government which – most naively from the historical point of view – put its own interests on a par with that of its people, and in the struggle to survive brought people and country to the last gasp.
[T]he moment has already come when militant nationalism displays itself less militantly for foreign than for domestic consumption…Its hatred is levelled not so much without as within; yes, actually its fanatical love of the fatherland appears chiefly as hatred not of the foreigner but of all Germans who do not believe in its methods and whom it promises to destroy root and branch.
From Europe Beware (1935)
Translated by H.T. Lowe-Porter
On global grandiosity and its consequence
An undisguised half-education, pathetically overwrought and subject to no kind of restraint, flings about its pseudo-knowledge and malignant theories, its mystagogic balderdash and millenial conclusions, to which an abashed or even culpably sympathetic academic world demurs only meekly, with misgivings, weakly trying to remind its opponents of a few facts in rebuttal.
It would be war, all-embracing catastrophe, the collapse of civilization. It is my firm conviction that this, and only this, can be the consequence of the activist philosophy of this kind of man.
U.S. Department of Defense
June 26, 2014
Official: U.S. Committed to Training Libyan Security Force
By Terri Moon Cronk
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON: While Libya’s unsteady politics and deteriorating security have complicated efforts, the United States remains committed to training the country’s security forces, the Defense Department’s assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs told a House panel yesterday.
Security and successful development of Libyan armed forces are the biggest factors in Libya’s transition, Derek Chollet told the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa.
“Last year, the United States committed to help train a Libyan general purpose force of 5,000 to 8,000 personnel. This kind of force will help the Libyan government form its core military,” he said, adding Libya is paying for the training, which could take up to eight years.
The United States is not alone in building Libya’s military — it has strong international support from other nations, such as the United Kingdom, Italy and Turkey, Chollet said.
But progress has been slow, he said, citing several factors that have hampered training.
“Libya’s political turmoil and a deteriorating security situation … make it difficult to have the necessary U.S. personnel on the ground in Tripoli to execute this program,” he said. “Other factors include a lack of vetted training candidates, a lack of pledged Libyan funding, and weak security institutions.”
About 40 Libyan military members recently attended U.S. professional education courses to help build the country’s security and enhance its military professionalism, Chollet noted, adding that last year the Libyans also paid for a national security seminar for 25 Libyan military leaders to attend the National Defense University here.
DOD also is helping the Libyan government develop its counterterrorism capacity, he said, through the global security contingency fund, which is expected to train several hundred Libyan special forces personnel.
Of deep concern, Chollet said, is that Libya’s borders have become major areas of instability in the movement of violent extremists, the trafficking of weapons, and the massive influx of immigrants.
DOD developed a program to help build Libya’s border security capacity through the global security contingency fund, he said, and the department also is coordinating with the European Union.
Guy de Maupassant
From An Affair of State
Paris had just heard of the disaster of Sedan. The Republic was proclaimed. All France was panting from a madness that lasted until the time of the commonwealth. Everybody was playing at soldier from one end of the country to the other.
Capmakers became colonels, assuming the duties of generals; revolvers and daggers were displayed on large rotund bodies enveloped in red sashes; common citizens turned warriors, commanding battalions of noisy volunteers and swearing like troopers to emphasize their importance.
The very fact of bearing arms and handling guns with a system excited a people who hitherto had only handled scales and measures and made them formidable to the first comer, without reason. They even executed a few innocent people to prove that they knew how to kill, and in roaming through virgin fields still belonging to the Prussians they shot stray dogs, cows chewing the cud in peace or sick horses put out to pasture. Each believed himself called upon to play a great role in military affairs. The cafés of the smallest villages, full of tradesmen in uniform, resembled barracks or field hospitals.
June 27, 2014
Qatar to host Nato conference in 2015
Qatar will host a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) conference on the prevention of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in 2015, the local Al-Sharq daily has reported.
A delegation from Qatar participated in the Nato conference 2014, which focused on the disarmament and prevention of spread of WMD. It was hosted by the Swiss city of Enterlakine on June 23-24, 2014.
The delegation to the conference was presided by HE Sheikh Ali bin Jassim, ambassador of Qatar to the Kingdom of Belgium, and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. The delegation included representatives of the Qatar National Committee for Prohibition of Weapons.
Participation in the conference is made by Nato member countries or countries entered into partnership and co-operation agreements with the Nato. Other bodies such as the European and Atlantic Partnership Council, the UN, the European Union, Chemical Weapons Prohibition Organisation, the European Security and Co-operation Organisation and the Organisation for Prohibition of Nuclear Tests also participate.
The concluding session of the 2014 conference decided that the State of Qatar would host the conference in 2015. This would be the first time the conference would be held in the Middle East as a coronation to the partnership between Qatar and Nato.
June 28, 2014
Britain to deploy 10,000 officers at NATO summit
Britain is planning to deploy 10,000 police officers to shut out anti-war protests during NATO’s summit in the Welsh city of Newport, documents reveal.
The Police Federation briefing documents released on Friday showed that there will be one officer for every protester at the Celtic Manor Hotel, which will host the NATO summit on September 4 and 5.
“To ensure the safety and secure passage of the event a mutual aid authority has been agreed to secure the deployment of nearly 10,000 officers,” it said.
This would be one of Britain’s biggest police operations since the 2012 Olympics and the biggest in Welsh history.
Peace activists, who have pledged to descend on the summit venue to express their outrage at NATO’s warmongering policies, criticized the British government’s decision, saying it is spending millions to protect NATO leaders from peaceful protesters.
“Together with billions spent on war and nuclear weapons we will now see vast sums being wasted on ‘protecting’ politicians from peaceful protesters,” said Kate Hudson, the General Secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND).
She said the deployment of large number of police forces at the venue is yet another example of public money being spent on the wrong priorities by the government.
“Our message is clear. End wars, disarm our nuclear weapons. And spend our money on meeting people’s real needs: education, jobs and the NHS,” she added.
In November last year, the CND blasted the coalition government for hosting the NATO summit in Wales, saying neither Newport nor anywhere else in the UK should host a summit of the NATO.
From The Specter (1938)
Translated by Alexander Bakshy
In the morning, performing however reluctantly the duty of the traveler, armed with a red Baedeker guide-book, Samghin strode through the streets of the city of stone, and this tidy, bleak city depressed and bored him. The damp wind scattered people in all directions; the iron shoes of shaggy-legged horses clanked; soldiers marched; a drum rattled; occasionally an automobile honked by, lumbering like an elephant, and the Germans stopped, respectfully according it the right of way and following it with friendly eyes. Samghin found himself in a square with a number of mountainous buildings spaced neatly over it, above each of them, between blue-gray clouds, its own piece of blue sky shining. Every one was a museum. Before Samghin could decide which one of them to visit, a thunderclap shook the air and rain descended in torrents. Samghin was compelled to seek shelter in the nearest museum, which proved to house a collection of armor, its walls covered with stupid, if brightly colored, paintings, all scenes from the Austro-Prussian and Franco-Prussian wars. From special stands protruded rifles of various types, swords, sabers, crossbows, lances, daggers; stuffed horses in war array stood with the steel shells of knights rising from their backs. The multitude of variously treated metals yielded a nauseating, oily chill. Samghin pondered that without question most of these instruments designed for the performance of military duty had slashed human skulls, chopped off arms, pierced chests and abdomens, soaking the dirt and dust of the earth with copious blood.
North Atlantic Treaty Organization
June 27, 2014
Statement by the Secretary General on the signature of the European Union’s Association Agreements with Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine
I welcome the signature of Association Agreements between the EU and Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. The Association Agreements, and the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area, will significantly deepen the political and economic ties between the EU and its three Eastern partners.
They contribute to the consolidation of freedom, stability and prosperity in Europe. They will allow close cooperation on strengthening the rule of law, advancing judicial reforms, fighting corruption, ensuring respect for fundamental rights and freedoms and strengthening democratic institutions. These are goals that NATO shares and supports through its own partnership with these countries and other partners.
June 27, 2014
EU leaders: Association with Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia not final stage of cooperation
European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso have said that the June 27 signing by the EU of Association Agreements with Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine is not the final stage of cooperation.
An Interfax-Ukraine reporter said that they stated this in Brussels on Friday, when speaking during the signing ceremony.
“These agreements are not the final stage of our cooperation… Your three countries will continue pursuing efforts to transform your societies, deepening democracy and modernizing the economy,” Van Rompuy said.
“Signing these Association Agreements with Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas should not be seen as the end of the road, but as the beginning of a journey on which the European Union and these three partner countries are embarking together today,” Barroso said.
Van Rompuy said that stronger political and economic ties would bring greater stability and prosperity to the entire European continent. At the same time, he noted that such cooperation could only be based on common values, particularly democracy, human rights, fundamental freedoms and the rule of law.
Speaking about the situation in the sphere of security and defense, he said that the EU stands by the side of Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia, having difficulties in relations with Russia.
“You have our support and solidarity, and our recognition of your territorial integrity,” Van Rompuy, adding that the EU is ready to engage with Moscow to dispel all possible misunderstandings.
Barroso, in turn, noted that the agreements signed allowed the three countries to implement reforms and move towards transformation into prosperous democracies.
“The task ahead is substantial. The Association Agreements’ main objective is to help to deliver on the partner countries’ own reforms, own ambitions. To succeed will require strong political will,” Barroso said.
At the same time, he said that all three countries needed to focus on judicial reform, improving efficiency and transparency and fighting corruption in order to make the reform process successful and irreversible.
Franz Werfel: Don’t you hear the roar of the bombers, the clatter of heavy machine guns that envelop the globe?
From Star of the Unborn (1946)
Translated by Gustave O. Arlt
Stern eyes have been looking at me for some time. They are becoming ever sterner and now they even address me…Don’t you know what’s going on in the world today? Weren’t you yourself a persecuted victim? Aren’t you still? Don’t you hear the roar of the bombers, the clatter of heavy machine guns that envelop the globe, a Nessus garment woven of explosions? Worse than the noise, don’t you hear the death rattle of the mortally wounded in a thousand places and at every hour? And worse than this death rattle, don’t you hear the cry of torment and the dying gasp of the millions who are first ravished, then tortured, and finally massacred? Isn’t it your responsibility to keep your eyes focused on this monstrous reality that outfancies the maddest visions of a pain demon and is, at the same time, as final as a mathematical process? What higher duty have you than to catch the cry of torment and the gasp of the tortured and to preserve them in the graven word, at least for the brief span in which the experience and the expression of one generation remain intelligible to the next?
I can do nothing, oh, stern eyes, but lower my own before you. I confess and acknowledge: my time is short and I am wasting it unscrupulously. I have not forgotten that I, too, am persecuted. Nor have I become too deaf to hear the roar of the bombers, the clatter of heavy machine guns, the death rattle of the mortally wounded, the cry of torment and the dying gasp of the ravished, the tortured, the massacred. The monstrous reality, the mad visions of a pain demon, constrict my throat by day and night, where I walk and stand, on the street and in my room, at work and at play. Of course I am neglecting my duty. But this reality does not leave me even enough breath for an echoing groan to the cry of torment.
National Radio Company of Ukraine
June 25, 2014
U.S. offers to compensate Ukraine’s losses following curtailment of military-technical cooperation with Russia
The United States is weighing plans to expand military-technical cooperation with Ukraine and to compensate part of the Ukrainian defence industry’s losses following the curtailment of Ukrainian-Russian military-technical cooperation.
Ukrainian-American military-technical cooperation was discussed in talks in Kyiv between Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Regional Security and Security Assistance Gregory Kausner and representatives of Ukrainian profile organizations, Interfax-Ukraine has learned from informed sources. “The aid package proposed by the U.S. includes Ukraine’s broader military-technical cooperation with the United States and the European Union, as well as assistance and interaction in implementing Ukraine’s military-technical cooperation projects on the markets of third countries,” a source told Interfax-Ukraine.
“Another option, mostly intended for the Ukrainian defense-industry sector, is the placement of Western repair orders with Ukrainian defense companies in compensation for the losses suffered after military-technical cooperation with Russia was curtailed,” the source said. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko told the National Security and Defense Council last week that military-technical cooperation with Russia would be banned, including exports of dual-purpose products. In the estimate of Ukrainian military experts, Ukraine’s losses involved will not exceed $300 million annually. Russia’s share in Ukraine’s arms and special services exports does not exceed 15%, the experts said.
North Atlantic Treaty Organization
June 25, 2014
NATO Foreign Ministers agree on Readiness Plan, endorse support package for Ukraine
NATO Foreign Ministers on Wednesday (25 June 2014) agreed on plans to develop a robust Alliance Readiness Action Plan for the Alliance’s Summit in Wales this September and endorsed a package of support measure to strengthen Ukraine’s ability to defend itself. “The Summit comes at a time when security challenges are multiplying beyond our borders,” NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said. “Today we stressed the importance of our collective defence.”
Ministers held talks with their Ukrainian counterpart Pavlo Klimkin and endorsed a package of additional measures to strengthen Ukraine’s ability to defend itself. This includes the creation of new trust funds to support defence capacity building in critical areas such as logistics, command and control, cyber defence and to help retired military personnel to adapt to civilian life. “Ukraine has a clear vision for rebuilding its defence and security sector and a clear strategy for resolving the crisis,” the Secretary General said. He stressed that President Poroshenko’s peace plan is “a major step forward and we fully support it,” and called on Russia to create conditions for the implementation of the peace plan, to end its support for separatist troops, and to stop the flow of weapons and fighters across its border.
Ministers agreed to maintain the suspension of practical civilian and military cooperation with Russia. “There will be no business as usual with Russia until Russia comes back into line with its international obligations,” Mr. Fogh Rasmussen said.
The ministers also discussed ways to strengthen cooperation with partners around the world and strengthen NATO’s ability to assist partners that need help in defence and security sector reforms. The Secretary General said: “we agreed that the Alliance will provide such support more systematically and more swiftly. We will work on ways to create a pool of military and civilian experts who are ready to deploy when needed and to strengthen coordination with other international actors.”
From Another Caesar (1934)
Translated by Eden and Cedar Paul
In Toulon, the King of Holland was waiting for the Queen – or, rather, Louis was waiting for Hortense…His blood was at enmity with him, in his own body and in the body of another. The War God was of his own blood. Enigmatic but inevitable; and from the War God came everything; the good that turned to evil, and the evil that remained evil. Only the stiffness of his limbs was a product of his own body, and perhaps not even that; for rheumatism had afflicted him since the Italian campaign, when he had been his brother’s aide-de-camp, and a valiant one moreover, for fear of Napoleon. From the War God came everything, even the hatred for his brother, and the hidden longing to rebel. From his brother, likewise, came his wife.
Colonel Louis had been ordered to marry Hortense, because the War God had had no children by her mother Josephine. Colonel Louis was dragooned into the marriage-bed in order to procreate a son for his great brother. He obeyed, without any choice in the matter, without love, and only from fear. Hortense obeyed, from love of the War God, who was her stepfather, and perhaps also the father of her first son. Maybe he was, maybe he was not. The War God gave his younger brother this terrible uncertainty as dowry – a venomous dowry; and, perhaps, the brooding did not begin with the birth of the first son, an eight-months’ child…
N was the sign under which Europe was conquered. An unceasing conquest, a sign and a signal; a new constellation: an anti-cross, an extraordinarily popular symbol to establish the young crown that stood above the letter. N was striding over the land and over the people. N was his signature to all documents except to those to which the formal “Napoleon” had to be appended in full. A continually larger, thicker, more impressive, more preposterously misshapen N; no longer a sign-manual, but the totem of a maniacal relationship to omnipotence…
The Prince Imperial was not, like other Christian children, baptized with a few days or weeks. The War God had no time to attend to the matter, and the youngster remained nameless for two years and a half. Meanwhile the clock had ticked away a good many seconds. N continued to win victories: against Spain, against Austria; even against God Almighty, whose sacraments he disregarded, because he wanted a new empress…There were troops standing to arms in Holland, Chronos was devouring his own children, and N was devouring the brother, who made no defence…
U.S. Air Forces in Europe
U.S. Air Forces Africa
June 23, 2014
Total force brings air power to Latvia
By Kristal Gault
U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa Public Affairs
RIGA, Latvia: Saber Strike 2014 concluded June 20,2014, with a closing ceremony at the Ādaži Training Area, here.
This year’s U.S. Army Europe-led, multinational military exercise ran from June 9-20 across multiple locations within the Baltic States, and was comprised of approximately 4,700 service members from 10 partner countries.
The Saber Strike exercise program is an ongoing training effort that facilitates cooperation between the U.S., Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to improve combined operations capability in a variety of missions and prepare participating nations for possible future operations.
Saber Strike 2014 also involved participation from Canada, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Poland and the United Kingdom. Though led by ground forces, this year’s exercise incorporated a significant contribution from U.S. Air Forces in Europe and the U.S. Air National Guard.
“It’s really not just support,” said Brig. Gen. Mark L. Loeben, Director of Analysis and Assessments and senior reserve component advisor to the commander at Headquarters, United States European Command. “It is a joint exercise where we exercise the joint force. That’s really not only key to success in the real world, but is also a big part of our training objectives at European Command to exercise the joint force to the maximum extent possible.
“This exercise provides the opportunity for the U.S. Army and Air Force to work together,” Loeben continued. “We also work as a combined force so that if we ever had to take military action as a team, we would be ready.”
During real-world contingencies, the U.S. military services work together in a joint environment to accomplish its missions. Joint exercises, like Saber Strike 2014, provide vital opportunities for U.S. Forces to work together, and include integrated, total force training with U.S. National Guard units as well as our partner nations’ militaries to ensure that our national armed forces are interoperable and prepared to maintain regional security and stability.
U.S. Air Force participation in Saber Strike 2014 was nearly doubled from previous years as the exercise increases its joint capabilities. This year, there were over 250 U.S. Air Force active duty and guard Airmen at three exercise sites in Estonia and Latvia.
The Washington ANG was represented by Joint Tactical Air Controllers at the Ādaži Training Area, Latvia, working with their partner Latvian JTACS. The 148th Fighter Wing from the Minnesota ANG had eight F-16 Fighting Falcons bed down at Ämari Air Base, Estonia, that provided close-air support to ground forces in Ādaži. The 127th Wing, Michigan ANG, and the 171st Air Refueling Wing, Pennsylvania ANG, supported the fighters with KC-135 Stratotanker aerial-refueling aircraft.
U.S. Air Forces in Europe provided Airmen form the 435th Contingency Response Group for aerial port capabilities and aircraft maintenance at Ämari AB. Additionally, three C-130J Super Hercules aircraft made a historical landing at Lielvarde Air Base, Latvia, as the first U.S. Air Force aircraft to ever land at the former Soviet base. The aircraft brought equipment and approximately 100 Airmen from the 435th CRG to participate in bilateral base-opening training, as well as support the ground forces of the exercise with cargo drops at the Ādaži Training Area.
Planning for Saber Strike 2014 officially started about a year ago, but efforts to get the aircraft and forces on the ground at Lielvarde AB began nearly two years ago.
“The idea to bring U.S. aircraft to Lielvarde sparked during a conversation in July of 2012,” said Lt. Col Andrew Roberts, bilateral affairs office, U.S. Embassy – Latvia. “The U.S. Air Force needs locations like this to be able to exercise the full spectrum of opening a base, and the Latvian military gets an opportunity to train and practice on what it takes to receive these types of aircraft. It’s a mutually beneficial exercise, and it’s great to see it come to fruition.”
Saber Strike 2014 allowed the U.S., the Baltics and other partner nations to integrate capabilities and interoperability to help sustain our alliance and partnerships. The integration of air power ensures we are ready to promote the security and stability of the region as a joint force.
U.S. Air Forces in Europe
U.S. Air Forces Africa
June 23, 2014
USAF builds partnership with Baltic States
By Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
RIGA, Latvia: Airmen from the 435th Contingency Response Group arrived at Lielvarde Air Base, Latvia in Europe, June 16, 2014, to participate in the Air Force-specific portion to Saber Strike 2014.
Saber Strike is a regularly scheduled, reoccurring exercise that promotes the enduring commitment the United States and other allied nations have with the Baltic States.
“This is a capability we have not had the opportunity really train on in approximately six years,” said Master Sgt. William Mendez, 435th CRG contingency weather forecaster. “Coming to a foreign air base and truly starting from step in making it operable for our guys is a great experience.”
During the final week of Saber Strike 2014 the 435th CRG, in conjunction with the 37th Airlift Squadron, trained on the full capabilities to open the Latvian air base. They also trained with Latvian and Estonian service members on airfield operations, command and control of air and space forces, weather support, protection of operational forces, aircraft maintenance and aerial port services.
Exercising these unique capabilities with partner nations represents a step toward further development of the air base’s infrastructure and operations that could be used by the United States and other allied nations, stated Lt. Col. Andrew Roberts, bilateral affairs office, U.S. Embassy – Latvia.
“In many situations it’s almost a peer experience,” Roberts said. “We’re giving to them just as we are getting from them. So those lessons learned could come back into the U.S. Air Force structure and we can utilize them at our own bases.”
Building upon a foundation of friendship that started in 1991, the U.S. and Baltic States trained together to learn various techniques that ranged from transporting cargo to properly marshaling an aircraft.
“Working with our allied nations was not only a great teaching experience but we also learned various procedures they use which we can implement during joint missions,” Mendez said. “From sharing combat life-saver skills, jumping together from a C-130 J-model and for the first time, participating in sling-load operations with the Latvian counterparts.
Ukrainian writers on war
National Radio Company of Ukraine
June 23, 2014
Ukrainian armed forces complete most large-scale military operation in Ukraine’s contemporary history
This is what Ukrainian President Poroshenko said in an address to the Ukrainian people.
“The army took the fire under control and set the mode of defense throughout most of the state border of Russia in Lugansk and Donetsk regions. Ukraine has sufficient strength and political will to resist the criminal armed formations.- said Poroshenko, explaining the meaning declared by June 27 truce.”We are prepared to restore the country’s territorial integrity using all the means available…,” he said.
Missile Defense Agency
June 22, 2014
Target Missile Intercepted Over the Pacific Ocean During Missile Defense Exercise
The Missile Defense Agency, U.S. Air Force 30th Space Wing, the Joint Functional Component Command, Integrated Missile Defense, U.S. Northern Command and the U.S. Navy completed an integrated exercise of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) element of the nation’s Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS). During the test today, a long-range ground-based interceptor launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, intercepted an intermediate-range ballistic missile target launched from the U.S. Army’s Reagan Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
The test, designated Flight Test Ground-Based Interceptor-06b (FTG-06b), will provide the data necessary to assess the performance of numerous BMDS elements for homeland defense.
Navy Vice Adm. James D. Syring, Missile Defense Agency director, said, “I am very proud of the government and industry team conducting the test today. Their professionalism and dedication made this test a success.”
He added, “This is a very important step in our continuing efforts to improve and increase the reliability of our homeland ballistic missile defense system. We’ll continue efforts to ensure our deployed Ground-based Interceptors and our overall homeland defensive architecture continue to provide the warfighter an effective and dependable system to defend the country.”
For this exercise, a threat-representative, intermediate-range ballistic missile target was launched from the Reagan Test Site. The U.S. Navy destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70), with its Aegis Weapon System, detected and tracked the target using its onboard AN/SPY-1 radar, which provided data to the GMD fire control system via the Command, Control, Battle Management and Communication (C2BMC) system. The Sea-Based X-Band radar also tracked the target, and relayed information to the GMD fire control system to assist in the target engagement and collect test data.
About six minutes after target launch, the Ground-Based Interceptor was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base. A three-stage booster rocket system propelled the interceptor’s Capability Enhancement II EKV into the target missile’s projected trajectory in space. The kill vehicle maneuvered to the target, performed discrimination, and intercepted the threat warhead with “hit to kill” technology, using only the force of the direct collision between the interceptor and the target to destroy the target warhead. This was the first intercept using the second- generation Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle.
An operational crew of U.S. Army soldiers from the 100th Missile Defense Brigade, located at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, remotely launched the interceptor.
Initial indications are that all components performed as designed. Program officials will spend the next several months conducting an extensive assessment and evaluation of system performance based upon telemetry and other data obtained during the test.
The test was the 65th successful hit-to-kill intercept of 81 attempts since 2001 for the Ballistic Missile Defense System. The GMD element of the system has completed four intercepts using the operationally configured interceptor since 2006. Operational Ground-Based Interceptors are currently deployed at Fort Greely, Alaska, and Vandenberg Air Force Base, protecting the nation, our friends, and allies against a limited long-range ballistic missile attack.
From Other Fires (1933)
Translated by Alexander Bakshy
Next day he woke up early and lay long abed, musing about a trip abroad. The pain was no longer so severe, probably because one can grow used to it; whereas stillness in the kitchen and the street was not customary and was disturbing. Soon, however, it began to be shaken by the jolts on the pink panes of the windows, coming from the street; after each jolt there came a dull, powerful drone unlike the sound of thunder. It was possible to imagine that instead of clouds a skin was stretched over the sky, upon which, as on a drum, something beat with an enormous fist.
“These are very big cannon,” Samghin concluded and said in a low voice, protestingly, “Swine!”
He jumped to the floor – the action nearly making him scream with pain – and began to dress, but lay down again, wrapping himself up to the chin.
“It’s madness and cowardice, to fire cannon, to destroy houses, the town. The hundreds of thousands of people are not responsible for the actions of a few dozen.”
“You, as a civilian, think it’s very simple: you flog seventeen, or nine, or four men – whatever the number – and it’s all over. You go to bed and sleep until the next expedition. So? No, sir. That is not such a simple matter. Before starting it, you have to drink, and after – drink again, drink long and deep…Captain Tatarnikov – you perhaps read about it – shot some peasants, reported himself, and there and then put a bullet through his head. That was called a scandal. The question was raised: should he be buried with music or without? And yet, in the Japanese War, he commanded a battalion and was awarded two crosses of St. George. Such a clever man and so full of fun…Played billiards divinely – ”
Ministry of Defense of Georgia
June 19, 2014
Military attaches visit Marneuli Aviation Brigade
The military attaches of foreign countries accredited to Georgia visited Marneuli Aviation Brigade of the Georgian Armed Forces. Brigade Commander COL Davit Abramishvili delivered the presentation to Diplomatic Corps` members on the structure and tasks of the military unit. The visitors were also informed on the completed and ongoing rehabilitation works at the brigade territory, as well as took view of the unit infrastructure.
The visit in the Aviation Brigade was carried out within the annual plan of the Association of Military Attaches accredited to Georgia. This Association incorporates 24 countries` representatives.
The goal of the Association is to have access to the first hand information over the ongoing reforms in Georgia`s security system. The Diplomatic Corps representatives are cooperating with Georgian Ministry of Defence within a bilateral military plan.
George Bernard Shaw
From Preface to Heartbreak House (1919)
The Rabid Watchdogs of Liberty
Not content with these rancorous abuses of the existing law, the war maniacs made a frantic rush to abolish all constitutional guarantees of liberty and well-being. The ordinary law was superseded by Acts under which newspapers were seized and their printing machinery destroyed by simple police raids a la Russe, and persons arrested and shot without any pretence of trial by jury or publicity of procedure or evidence. Though it was urgently necessary that production should be increased by the most scientific organization and economy of labor, and though no fact was better established than that excessive duration and intensity of toil reduces production heavily instead of increasing it, the factory laws were suspended, and men and women recklessly over-worked until the loss of their efficiency became too glaring to be ignored. Remonstrances and warnings were met either with an accusation of pro-Germanism or the formula, “Remember that we are at war now.” I have said that men assumed that war had reversed the order of nature, and that all was lost unless we did the exact opposite of everything we had found necessary and beneficial in peace. But the truth was worse than that. The war did not change men’s minds in any such impossible way. What really happened was that the impact of physical death and destruction, the one reality that every fool can understand, tore off the masks of education, art, science and religion from our ignorance and barbarism, and left us glorying grotesquely in the licence suddenly accorded to our vilest passions and most abject terrors. Ever since Thucydides wrote his history, it has been on record that when the angel of death sounds his trumpet the pretences of civilization are blown from men’s heads into the mud like hats in a gust of wind. But when this scripture was fulfilled among us, the shock was not the less appalling because a few students of Greek history were not surprised by it. Indeed these students threw themselves into the orgy as shamelessly as the illiterate. The Christian priest, joining in the war dance without even throwing off his cassock first, and the respectable school governor expelling the German professor with insult and bodily violence, and declaring that no English child should ever again be taught the language of Luther and Goethe, were kept in countenance by the most impudent repudiations of every decency of civilization and every lesson of political experience on the part of the very persons who, as university professors, historians, philosophers, and men of science, were the accredited custodians of culture. It was crudely natural, and perhaps necessary for recruiting purposes, that German militarism and German dynastic ambition should be painted by journalists and recruiters in black and red as European dangers (as in fact they are), leaving it to be inferred that our own militarism and our own political constitution are millennially democratic (which they certainly are not); but when it came to frantic denunciations of German chemistry, German biology, German poetry, German music, German literature, German philosophy, and even German engineering, as malignant abominations standing towards British and French chemistry and so forth in the relation of heaven to hell, it was clear that the utterers of such barbarous ravings had never really understood or cared for the arts and sciences they professed and were profaning, and were only the appallingly degenerate descendants of the men of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries who, recognizing no national frontiers in the great realm of the human mind, kept the European comity of that realm loftily and even ostentatiously above the rancors of the battle-field. Tearing the Garter from the Kaiser’s leg, striking the German dukes from the roll of our peerage, changing the King’s illustrious and historically appropriate surname (for the war was the old war of Guelph against Ghibelline, with the Kaiser as Arch–Ghibelline) to that of a traditionless locality. One felt that the figure of St. George and the Dragon on our coinage should be replaced by that of the soldier driving his spear through Archimedes. But by that time there was no coinage: only paper money in which ten shillings called itself a pound as confidently as the people who were disgracing their country called themselves patriots.
June 20, 2014
Independence Supporters, Ukrainian Army Fighting Near Russian Border
LUHANSK: Luhansk defense forces are currently engaged in fighting with the Ukrainian military near the border with Russia, a spokesperson for the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic told RIA Novosti.
“Starting from last night, protracted fighting has continued in the vicinity of the Dolzhanka and Gukovo checkpoints [The Ukrainian army is] trying to push us away from the border and take it under control,” the spokesperson said, adding that fighting is particularly fierce near the town Krasniy Partizan. There is no information on the number casualties so far.
Earlier, Russia’s OSCE envoy Andrei Kelin said Russia would react harshly to any border violations on the Ukrainian side. An incident took place on the night of June 13, in which a Ukrainian infantry combat vehicle violated the Russian border in Rostov Region. The vehicle stopped on Russian territory near the town of Millerovo. The troops exited the vehicle and returned to Ukrainian territory. Later the infantrymen tried to return the vehicle, without success, as Russian border control cut the attempt short. The incident is being looked in to by Russian investigators.
The spokesperson also reported that the Ukrainian Air Force bombed the outskirts of Luhansk last night. “The plane approached the city, flew over the city, but for some reason dropped the bombs on an empty field, near Stanytsia-Luhanska,” said the spokesperson.
Since mid-April, Kiev authorities have been conducting a special military operation to suppress the pro-independence movement in Ukraine’s southeastern territories. Hundreds of people, including civilians, have died in the self-proclaimed Luhansk and Donetsk people’s republics in the east of Ukraine over the past months.
Moscow, which describes the ongoing military actions as a punitive operation, has repeatedly called for an immediate end to the bloodshed.
U.S. Department of Defense
June 19, 2014
Hagel, German Defense Minister Discuss NATO, Iraq
By Cheryl Pellerin
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen met this morning at the Pentagon, reaffirming the two nations’ strong friendship and alliance, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement.
The leaders discussed security challenges, ranging from post-2014 commitments in Afghanistan to recent developments in Iraq, Syria and Ukraine, Kirby said.
“Secretary Hagel and Minister von der Leyen discussed both nations’ efforts to reinforce NATO and to reassure our NATO allies since Russia’s aggressive actions in Ukraine,” he said, adding that such reassurance includes ongoing air, land and sea measures by the U.S. military and other NATO members.
The measures include President Barack Obama’s June 3 announcement of the European Reassurance Initiative of up to $1 billion to fund increased rotational presence and exercises across Europe, and Germany’s contributions, which in September will include support to NATO’s Baltic air policing mission, Kirby said.
Hagel also thanked von der Leyen for Germany’s contributions and sacrifices in Afghanistan.
“Germany has been the third largest contributor of troops and the leader of Regional Command North,” the press secretary said. “We welcome Germany’s willingness to continue leading Regional Command North as part of NATO’s post-2014 Resolute Support mission.”
Hagel and von der Leyen also discussed the upcoming NATO Summit, to be held Sept. 4-5 in Wales.
Kirby said the United States and Germany count on each other to be credible, capable partners as leaders in the transatlantic alliance and the global community.
“As the crises in Iraq, Syria and Ukraine remind us,” he added, “our leadership roles require investment in ready, modern, agile militaries.”
He added, “Both leaders recognized the importance of investing in capabilities that will strengthen our collective security.”
Both also agreed that, as the NATO Summit approaches, they must renew their commitments to transatlantic security, Kirby said.
After their meeting, Hagel left the Pentagon for the White House where the president met with members of his national security team in the Situation Room ahead of Obama’s statement on the U.S. response to violence in Iraq.
Von der Leyen, who Hagel invited to Washington in February during the Munich Security Conference, held a press conference on the steps of the Pentagon’s River entrance.
The German defense minister characterized her conversation with Hagel as “trustful and constructive,” and on the crisis in Iraq she said, “For the long term we need a sustainable solution for the whole region. That is, we have to integrate the diplomatic and political solution from neighboring countries of the whole region.”
From Bombing Raid (1939)
[T]his is not the kind of war which entails much walking; it is a sitting war from which it is impossible to run…Once, miles away, little black flies at perhaps 8,000 feet, three fighters patrolled a parallel track and slowly dropped behind: we were unspotted. One felt a momentary horror at the exposure of a whole quiet landscape to machine-gun fire – this was an area for evacuation, of small villages and farms where children’s camps might possibly be built, and it was completely open to the four aircraft which swept undetected from behind the tress and between the hills. There was room for a hundred English Guernicas.
JFC BRUNSSUM COMMANDER GIVES KEY NOTE ADDRESS AT STRATEGIC MILITARY PARTNERS CONFERENCE
The Strategic Military Partners Conference (SMPC) is an annual event that enables Chiefs of Defence (CHODs) of NATO and Partner nations to share their perspectives on strategic issues of common interest. As such, it is a core event within Supreme Allied Commander Transformation’s (SACT) Strategic Engagement Campaign. Its target audience consists of CHODs of NATO, Partnership for Peace (PfP) nations, Mediterranean Dialogue (MD) nations, Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI) nations and Partners across the Globe (PatG) nations, and informs them about NATO’s transformational efforts.
By creating a common understanding amongst a wide array of partners and members of the Alliance alike, the intent of SMPC is to facilitate the exchange of ideas regarding transformation throughout the trans-Atlantic community.
The President of Bulgaria, His Excellency Mr. Rosen Plevneliev, welcomed the participants to the conference, which was held in Sofia on Wednesday, 18 June 2014, and emphasized that the security landscape has changed substantially and, as a consequence, cooperative security is more important than ever before.
The Bulgarian Chief of Defence, General Simeon Simeonov, also welcomed the participants, thanked them for travelling to Sofia, and highlighted the Bulgarian Armed Forces’ commitment to NATO.
Following a video message from the NATO Deputy Secretary General and Supreme Allied Commander Transformation’s Key Note address on Interoperability, Capacity Building and the military value of Partnerships, Commander Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum took the floor.
On SACT’s request, General Hans-Lothar Domröse gave a Key Note Address entitled ‘NATO and Partners’ Common Interests: Cooperation and Capacity Building’. During the Address, General Domröse echoed the words of the Bulgarian President as he also emphasized that Cooperative Security, as one of NATO’s Core tasks, is more important than ever due to the changing security landscape in Europe and worldwide.
General Domröse also presented the achievements of the International Community and NATO in Afghanistan and, in addition, provided his assessment of the NATO Response Force’s potential and constraints. He underlined that interoperability could only be enhanced by working/training together and invited all partners to provide forces and other capabilities in order to train together during Exercise Trident Juncture 2015.
General Domröse concluded that, on NATO’s military operational level, cooperation and capacity building with partners is on track, but requires sustained and strong support of the nations to fully optimize.
Story by JFC Brunssum Public Affairs Office
National Radio Company of Ukraine
June 18, 2014
President: Ukraine amid new type of warfare
“Ukraine is in a state of war,” Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said.
“This is a new type of warfare with the use of professional subversive groups, mercenaries, volunteers, and the local population. And these volunteers and the local population have very ‘washed’ brains in a huge part due to the information war,” Poroshenko said during a graduation ceremony for the students of the National University of the Ukrainian Defence Ministry on Wednesday.
June 18, 2014
Ukrainian army plans to buy around 1,000 APCs, says NSDC
The Ukrainian army is testing new APCs with the purpose of ordering the vehicles, spokesman for the National Security and Defense Council Volodymyr Chepovy has said.
“The Ukrainian Armed Forces will conduct comparative tests of BTR-3E1s and BTR-4Bs [Butsefal] to select the most suitable APC for the Armed Forces,” he said at a briefing in Kyiv on Wednesday.
He said that around 1,000 APCs would be bought.
Chepovy said that the issue of buying Dozor B lightly armored APCs is being discussed.
June 18, 2014
Nearly 150 soldiers killed in fighting in east Ukraine; almost 360 injured – ministry
A total of 147 military servicemen have been killed and 267 injured since the armed standoff began in the eastern Ukrainian regions, the Director of the Military-Medical Department of the Defense Ministry, Medical Service Colonel Vitaliy Andronaty, told a parliamentary healthcare committee on Wednesday.
Ninety-two soldiers have suffered traumas in the anti-terrorist operation zone since March 8, including 14 sustaining combat traumas, he said. Of the 267 injured, 247 sustained combat injuries. Currently, 13 injured personnel are in critical condition.
The official pointed to shortages of sanitary transport vehicles. The Defense Ministry also needs sanitary vehicles with enhanced off-road capabilities. Andronaty said that patients and the injured get transported from the security operation zone by Mil Mi-8 helicopters and Antonov An-26 medical aircraft.
Earlier this week Ukraine’s First Deputy Prime Minister Vitali Yarema said that 125 government troops were killed in the southeast, including 96 military personnel, 22 policemen, as well as Ukrainian border guards and security officers.
It is important to assign trained, well equipped and well armed fighters on combat missions, he said…
June 18, 2014
Poroshenko: Sloviansk to be encircled, armed opposition to be liquidated
Ukrainian law enforcement units will encircle Sloviansk to liquidate the armed opposition and regain full control over the state border in eastern regions, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said.
“We are taking resolute steps and conducting successful operations towards the restoration [of control] over the state border,” the president told reporters in Kyiv on Wednesday.
“We will do our best today to encircle Sloviansk; we are moving on and the circle is tightening in order to liquidate the militants led by the so-called Shooter [defense minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic Igor Girkin (Strelkov)] who are resisting Ukrainian servicemen with arms,” Poroshenko said.
The president said he was maintaining permanent contact with senior officials of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry and the anti-terrorist operation command.
June 18, 2014
Army will always be No. 1 priority for Ukrainians – Poroshenko
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said that the army will always be the No. 1 priority for the state.
“I can assure you and the Ukrainian army will be the number one priority for me, for the Ukrainian government, the Ukrainian budget, and the Ukrainian population,” he said during a graduation ceremony for the students of the National University of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry on Wednesday
June 17, 2014
Poroshenko forbids cooperation with Russia in military area – Yarema
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko forbade cooperation with Russia in military area.
Poroshenko forbids cooperation with Russia in military area – Yarema/Photo UNIANFirst Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Vitaliy Yarema said this on the air of “Svoboda Slova”.
“At sitting of the National Security and Defense Council the President of Ukraine strongly forbade cooperation in military area. From this day forth we ceased any cooperation in military-industrial complex area with the Russian Federation”, – said the first Vice Prime Minister.
Derision from the dead
Mocks armamental madness.
Redeem (each Ruler said)
Mankind. Men died to do it.
And some with glorying gladness
Bore arms for earth and bled:
But most went glumly through it
Dumbly doomed to rue it.
The darkness of their dying
Grows one with War recorded;
Whose swindled ghosts are crying
From shell-holes in the past,
Our deeds with lies were lauded,
Our bones with wrongs rewarded.
Dream voices these — denying
Dud laurels to the last.
JFC Brunssum Deputy Commander visits Exercise Saber Strike
Brunssum, THE NETHERLANDS: Deputy Commander Joint Force Command Brunssum (JFCBS), Air Marshal Graham Stacey, witnessed firsthand a number of Exercise Saber Strike 2014 serials during a visit to Latvia on Monday, 16 June 2014. During his visit, he also met the JFCBS team deployed to the region in the framework of the NATO Assurance Measures developed as a consequence of Russia’s intervention in the Ukraine.
Saber Strike 2014 is an annual, US Army Europe-led, Field Training, Live Fire, Command Post and Computer Aided security cooperation exercise spanning the Baltic States. This years’ event involves participants from 10 countries and is taking place from 9-20 June.
The JFCBS “Assurance” Team has been deployed to Latvia to further enhance close coordination with the host nation and to gain first hand information on what support Latvia might seek from NATO in the light of the crisis in Ukraine. At the same time, the team is observing Exercise Saber Strike 2014 with an eye to identifying lessons that might be incorporated in future Alliance planning.
During his visit, Air Marshal Stacey met with the Chief of Staff of the Joint Headquarters of the Latvian Armed Forces, Brigadier General Juris Zeibarts, and exercise Co-directors, Brigadier General Ainars Ozolins, Latvian Army and Major General Mark McQueen, U.S. Army to discuss the exercise and recent developments in the region.
Air Marshal Stacey pointed out: “It is very much about working together and building the partnerships. The JFCBS “Assurance” team is here in order to capture relevant lessons learned regarding operational capability and interoperability between allies and partners”.
“I think now we have a real opportunity in NATO to improve what we have been doing: build our capabilities, build our collaboration and build on working together. This visit is an opportunity to look sensibly at the responsiveness of our forces and it is also a good chance to look at how Brunssum can continue to build on our relationship pave the way to long term cooperation”.
Brigadier General Zeibarts expressed his appreciation to Air Marshal Stacey for finding the time to travel to Latvia to observe “Saber Strike 2014” and stressed the role of the NATO JFCBS team to enhance further cooperation was a welcome development.
Brigadier General Zeibarts supported the desire to develop further strong cooperation amongst Allies. “Taking into account the changed situation in the region, it is important to emphasize the principles of collective defence and partnership, as well as demonstrate the NATO Assurance measures”, he said. Brigadier General Zeibarts stressed: “all the Baltic States and Poland share the same concerns and appreciate strengthened NATO presence in the region”.
Story by JFC Brunssum Public Affairs Office