2 May 2011 — Stop NATO
- 140,000 NATO Troops To Stay In Afghanistan Despite Bin Laden’s Death
- Azerbaijan: NATO Holds Cyber And National Security Conference
- Bahrain Builds Gulf Cooperation Council Military Base Against Iran
- United Arab Emirates Spearheads Gulf Cooperation Council Military Satellite System
- Parade Of Nations: NATO Festival Night In Virginia
140,000 NATO Troops To Stay In Afghanistan Despite Bin Laden’s Death
May 2, 2011
Nato vows to stay in Afghanistan despite bin Laden death
Brussels: Nato warned on Monday that its mission in Afghanistan was far from over despite the death of Osama bin Laden as war-weary Europeans pile pressure on governments to bring troops home quickly…
“As terrorism continues to pose a direct threat to our security and international stability, international cooperation remains key and Nato is at the heart of that cooperation,” said Nato chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
“Nato allies and partners will continue their mission to ensure that Afghanistan never again becomes a safe haven for extremism…,” he said.
Some 140,000 Nato-led troops are in Afghanistan amid growing fatigue in Europe over the war…
Nato officials insisted that the war is about bringing stability to Afghanistan, not just about al Qaeda.
“Nato’s mission in Afghanistan is not linked to one enemy. It is linked to stability and bin Laden was not the only obstacle,” said an alliance official.
“His death will not suddenly resolve everything.”
A Nato military official acknowledged that there could be some “temptations” to pull troops out, but that European nations still face the threat of extremists entering their countries.
Britain, the second-largest contributor to the mission after the United States with 9,500 troops, warned that al Qaeda was still “in business” and that its chief’s death would not mean an end to the campaign.
“The work in Afghanistan will continue to be phenomenally difficult and must go on. So it would be wrong to draw the conclusion that suddenly we have solved a mass of the world’s problems,” said foreign secretary William Hague.
Lawmakers in Germany, the third-largest contingent with 5,000 troops, agreed in January to extend the mission by 12 months…
Azerbaijan: NATO Holds Cyber And National Security Conference
Azerbaijan Business Center
May 2, 2011
NATO holds a cyber & national security conference in Baku
Baku: The Conference “Cyber & National Security: The Politics of NATO and National Vision” will be held in Baku this May by the Centre for Strategic Research (SAM) under the Azerbaijani President and Romanian Embassy in Azerbaijan co-ordinating country’s co-operation with NATO.
SAM reports that the conference will open at 9.30 pm on 4 May at the Hyatt Regency conference centre in Baku. The conference speakers will be deputy IT minister Elmir Velizadeh, director of the Institute of Information Technologies of the National Academy of Sciences Rasim Aliguliyev, Romanian ambassador to Baku Nicolae Ureki, U.S. Embassy attaché for political affairs Jamie Smith and SAM fellow Rashad Kerimov.
Bahrain Builds Gulf Cooperation Council Military Base Against Iran
Xinhua News Agency
May 2, 2011
Bahrain to build base of Peninsula Shield Forces to counter Iran
MANAMA: Bahrain’s top military commander revealed Monday that a permanent base for the joint Peninsula Shield Forces would be set up in the country to counter Iran, which Bahrain said was trying to destabilize security in the region.
Bahrain Defense Force Commander-in-Chief Marshal Shaikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa said in an interview carried by the Kuwaiti newspaper Al Rai that such a decision “must be taken by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) leaders.”
He said extremist groups wanted to overthrow the Bahrain regime and establish a state within the clerical rule of Iran, adding that there are evidences proving involvement of Lebanese, Syrians and Iranians in the recent unrest in Bahrain.
United Arab Emirates Spearheads Gulf Cooperation Council Military Satellite System
United Press International
May 2, 2011
Emirates lofts satellite to boost military
-The Emirates’ Y1A satellite was launched April 24 from the European Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana atop an Ariane 5 rocket…The satellite was developed and built by Astrium, the aerospace subsidiary of the European Aeronautics Defense and Space Co. and Thales Alenia Space in Cannes, France. That’s owned by Thales Aerospace of France and Finmeccanica of Italy.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates: The United Arab Emirates has launched its fifth communications satellite, the first to provide secure and independent telecommunications for its armed forces as Persian Gulf Arab state boost their military capabilities against Iran.
The Emirates spearhead efforts by the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council to acquire its own military surveillance satellite system to bolster the early warning system they have been seeking to develop for several years.
The next step is likely to be the launch of a military spy satellite, although there have been no definite indications that such a step is in the offing.
The GCC states – the others are Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Bahrain – have been talking about a joint early warning system for a decade…
[T]he growing tension between the GCC states and Iran could provide the spur to set aside their differences and work together to develop their common military capabilities…
The Emirates’ Y1A satellite was launched April 24 from the European Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana atop an Ariane 5 rocket.
It was built by Yahsat, the Emirates’ Al Yah Satellite Communication Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Mubadala Development Co., in Abu Dhabi, the oil-rich economic powerhouse of the seven-member federation.
Mubadala, the government’s investment arm, is heavily involved in the Emirates’ drive to build up its defense industry.
The satellite was developed and built by Astrium, the aerospace subsidiary of the European Aeronautics Defense and Space Co. and Thales Alenia Space in Cannes, France. That’s owned by Thales Aerospace of France and Finmeccanica of Italy.
The satellite, based on Astrium’s highly successful Eurostar E3000 platform, had been scheduled for launch March 31 but that was delayed for technical reasons.
A second satellite, Y1B, is scheduled for launch in the last quarter of the year to complete the $1.6 billion Yahsat program.
The development of the Emirates satellite has strategic implications for the Gulf Arab states.
The United Arab Emirates has established itself as the space technology hub in the region and has had dealings with foreign companies that specialize in military satellites.
In September 1997, Hughes Space and Communications International of the United States signed a $1 billion communications satellite deal, at that time the Arab world’s largest satellite contract, with Abu Dhabi’s Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Organization, which groups investors in 14 Arab states.
Thuraya has placed three communications into orbit. It’s one of the biggest telecommunications companies in the Middle East. Its main shareholder is the state-run Emirates Telecommunications Co.
That deal, Hughes’ first in the Arab world, edged out Lockheed Martin and France’s industrial giant Aerospatiale, ended the monopoly of the Middle East’s satellite industry which had been held by Aerospatiale.
The French company had launched the Arab world’s five communications satellites operated by the Arab Space Telecommunications Corporation, known as Arabsat.
Other international companies are also zeroing in on the Emirates to develop satellite business in the Persian Gulf.
These include 4C Controls, a New Jersey satellite concern established by several French space industry executives. Among its executives is Philippe Aubrey, one of the architects of France’s Helios military surveillance satellite.
Parade Of Nations: NATO Festival Night In Virginia
North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Allied Command Transformation
May 1, 2011
Virginia International Tattoo
ACT staff and their families joined thousands of visitors to watch the first performance of the 2011 Virginia International Tattoo during the annual NATO Festival Night April 29.
The Tattoo is the largest event of its kind in the United States and brings together international military bands, drill contingents, dancers and performers for a musical and theatrical show.
In addition to the HQ SACT Multinational Cermonial Detail (consisting of active duty non-commissioned officers representing NATO’s 28 Nations), this year’s ensemble included The Massed Pipes and Drums of the Canadian Forces, the German Mountain Army Band and the UK’s Band of the Brigade of the Gurkhas. The traditional Friday night Tattoo kicks off the Norfolk NATO Festival weekend which is marked by the Parade of Nations and Norfolk NATO Festival, an international fair showcasing the unique culture and traditions of NATO’s 28 Nations.