Stop NATO News: March 9, 2012: NATO Announces Largest-Ever Cyber Warfare Spending

9 March 2012 — Stop NATO

  • Russia To Block Any UN Syrian Action Implying Use Of Force
  • Syrian, Iranian Neighbor: U.S. In Joint Air Exercise In Turkey
  • NATO Signs New Cooperation Agreement With Georgia
  • Bloc’s Caucasus Envoy: Georgia Getting Closer To NATO
  • Saakashvili: Future Of Georgia, Azerbaijan Is In NATO And EU
  • U.S., Philippines To Hold Large-Scale War Games Near Spratlys
  • Sixth Aircraft Carrier: U.S. Shifting More Military Muscle To Pacific
  • NATO Announces Largest-Ever Cyber Warfare Spending
  • Canada Conducts Another Arctic Military Exercise
  • U.S. Navy Pursues “Road Map To The Arctic

Russia To Block Any UN Syrian Action Implying Use Of Force

Itar-Tass March 8, 2012

Moscow to turn down resolution on Syria if it implies use of force

MOSCOW: Russia will not agree with a resolution of the UN Security Council of Syria if the latter contains any pretexts for the use of force against that country, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said Thursday.

“We won’t agree to a resolution that will contain whatever pretexts for forcible actions against that country,” he twitted in his microblog. “Any duplicities are totally inadmissible.”

“We’re holding very complicated consultations on the Syrian resolution in New York and their objective remains unchanged, namely, to produce a text that would contain equitable demands to all the parties to that conflict,” Gatilov said.


Syrian, Iranian Neighbor: U.S. In Joint Air Exercise In Turkey

U.S. European Command March 6, 2012

Anatolian Falcon 2012 builds strength, sharpens skills Staff Sgt. Daryl Knee, Anatolian Falcon Public Affairs

KONYA, Turkey: The Turkish and U.S. air forces continue to successfully integrate their capabilities during Anatolian Falcon 2012 here March 6.

The first four missions of the two-week exercise are through, and the two NATO allies are learning to better communicate with each other and combine their strengths.

Well-executed exercises – like AF12 – yield far-reaching benefits and further hone combat skills, said U.S. Air Force Maj. Michael Clapper, 480th FS pilot.

“This training forces us to integrate with different aircraft from another country on unfamiliar terrain, which is what you would probably see in combat anyway,” Clapper said. “As our strengths continue to grow, so should the scale and complexity of each scenario.”

One of the benefits of the U.S. Air Force training with the Turkish air force is the ability to conduct large-force employments, Mann said. A large-force employment involves a higher and more realistic number of participating aircraft per mission.

For example, there are a finite number of F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft at the 480th FS’s homestation of Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. The pilots must use available resources when they conduct training. However, the U.S. pilots can test different skill sets when they combine the aircraft fleet with their Turkish counterparts.

“There are a lot of similarities in our tactics and the general idea of how we operate,” Mann said. “But with large-force employments, we have to use different techniques, coordination efforts or other frequencies. You have to have discipline to communicate effectively – there were 20 jets in the air yesterday.”

Clapper said these large-scale missions allow the two countries to practice executing operations together successfully.

The bi-lateral training exercise continues until March 15 with nearly 400 sorties planned.


NATO Signs New Cooperation Agreement With Georgia

Rustavi 2 March 8, 2012

NATO-Georgia sign new cooperation agreement

Georgia and NATO have signed a new document on enhancement of relations at the Georgia-NATO Commission session in Brussels on Wednesday. The document determines joint activities against new threats and challenges, including cyber-security and defense.

During the discussion, the NGC reviewed progress on improving interoperability and overall cooperation with the Alliance and other issues related to the Alliance’s special partnership with Georgia.

`We welcome the remarkable contribution your country is making to the ISAF operation, notably the battalion in Helmand. We also appreciate your decision to almost double your contribution. Today we also have an opportunity to reinforce further the cooperation between NATO and Georgia through supporting Georgia’s reforms,`,` the Secretary General said.


Bloc’s Caucasus Envoy: Georgia Getting Closer To NATO

Civil Georgia March 9, 2012

NATO Envoy: Georgia Getting Closer to NATO

Tbilisi: Russia’s leadership “can say what it wants”, but it’s NATO allies which decide on membership and “step-by-step” Georgia is getting closer to the Alliance “regardless of what other parties might say,” James Appathurai, NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, said.

The NATO “took a decision in Bucharest [in 2008] that Georgia will become a NATO member if it still wants to and when it meets the standards of course,” he said in an interview with the Georgian news magazine Tabula. “[Georgia] still wants to and based on popular support in Georgia I expect that to stay the same and Georgia is working to meet the standards. We have not changed our view. We continue to work towards that step when Georgia will become a NATO member and Georgia is taking the steps as well and in fact, as the Secretary General said, we are getting closer together.”

“We’ve just agreed on the package of measures to, as we call it, enhance Georgia’s connectivity to NATO. Over the past few years, including since 2008, Georgia has taken steps at bringing closer links, closer ties, closer connections to NATO. We will take a note of that as [Georgia’s] National Security Advisor [Giga Bokeria] is here and when President Saakashvili comes in few weeks to meet with North Atlantic Council again,” said Appathurai, who is also the Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy.

He said it was still “very much an open topic” how the NATO allies might recognize aspirant countries during upcoming summit in Chicago in late May. He, however, said it would not be “an accession summit” and there would not be invitations to any country to begin accession.

On Georgia’s contribution to the NATO-led Afghan operations, Appathurai said that by being part of ISAF Georgia was showing that it was capable of “providing solutions.”

Georgia’s presence in Afghanistan, he said, “is not a whim by President Saakashvili; he is fully part of a major international mission, which has a sound legal basis.”

“Georgia’s contribution is part of a bigger team, it’s important and it’s very valued. Georgia has shown and is showing with this contribution, which is substantial in number and comes without caveat, that it is a contributor to international security,” he said.

“I think it is very important for Georgia to show, that it is not just a problem, it’s solution, it helps provide solutions and that’s exactly what Georgia is doing…So I think political message is very strong and I can assure Georgia that it is heard in NATO capital,” Appathurai said.


Saakashvili: Future Of Georgia, Azerbaijan Is In NATO And EU

Rustavi 2 March 7, 2012

Saakashvili delivers speech at Azerbaijan`s Parliament

President Mikheil Saakashvili visited Azerbaijan`s parliament within the two-day official visit to the country and delivered a speech before the Azeri lawmakers…

The president commented on the idea of the Russia leader to form a Euro-Asian union, saying the idea was doomed for failure.

Saakashvili said…the future of Georgia and Azerbaijan is in NATO and EU.

“On our side – we are very clear about it and nothing will make us change our mind – this future will be named European Union and NATO…,” president concluded.


U.S., Philippines To Hold Large-Scale War Games Near Spratlys

Agence France-Presse March 8, 2012

Philippines, US to hold war games near Spratlys

The Philippines will hold large-scale military exercises with the United States next month near an area where it is locked in a tense sea territorial row with China.

The maneuvers, an annual event which this year will involve nearly 7,000 troops, will reinforce the close military ties between the longtime allies, Armed Forces Chief Lieutenant General Jessie Dellosa said Wednesday.

About 4,500 US troops will join 2,300 Filipino counterparts in various exercises—called Balikatan, meaning shoulder-to-shoulder in Luzon and in Palawan, on the country’s southwest coast facing the West Philippine Sea (or the South China Sea), from April 16 to 27.

China and Taiwan claim all of the Spratlys islands in the South China Sea, while the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei have overlapping claims to parts of it.

The territorial dispute over the waters, which are believed to sit atop vast deposits of gas and oil, has for decades been regarded as one of Asia’s potential military flashpoints.

The AFP declined to say exactly where in Palawan, or which waters off the island, next month’s military exercises would take place.

“There are different places of engagements (in Palawan),” said Major Emmanuel Garcia, spokesperson for the Philippine contingent of the joint exercises, refusing to name specific locations.

The US embassy in Manila said in a statement the exercises would include computer-simulated command post drills, multiple field exercises, as well as medical, engineering, humanitarian and civic activities.

Twenty participants from other Southeast Asian countries are also expected to take part in the drills, the US embassy statement said.


Sixth Aircraft Carrier: U.S. Shifting More Military Muscle To Pacific

Radio New Zealand March 9, 2012

US boosts military in Pacific

The United States is shifting more military muscle to the Pacific, including adding another aircraft carrier to the five already there.

The Pentagon’s second-ranking official, Ashton Carter, has told a conference that in coming years 60% of US Navy ships will be in the Pacific, up from 52% now.

Mr Carter says the Army and Marine Corps are also working on stepped-up rotations for the Asia-Pacific region.

Last year it was announced that US marines would be based permanently in northern Australia.

Mr Carter says the US also is moving to protect fixed bases in the region.

According to the Pentagon, such installations are increasingly vulnerable to Chinese ballistic missiles.


NATO Announces Largest-Ever Cyber Warfare Spending

North Atlantic Treaty Organization March 8, 2012

NATO signs contract for Cyber Defence

The NATO Consultation, Command and Control Agency (NC3A) celebrated with a ceremony on 8 March 2012 the award of a contract for upgrading the NATO cyber defence capabilities. The award to private industrial companies will enable the already operating NATO Computer Incident Response Capability (NCIRC) to achieve full operational capability by the end of 2012.

In addition to protecting the Alliance’s own networks, the capabilities to be acquired through the new contract will strengthen NATO’s ability to support member states in dealing with cyber attacks by using improved information-sharing and rapid reaction teams, whenever requested.

“The project is a direct result of NATO nations’ commitment to improve capabilities to detect, defend and recover in case of a cyber attack against systems of critical importance to the Alliance. This award is an important step towards delivering these capabilities by the end of 2012,” said Assistant Secretary General Gabor Iklody, head of the lead body for NATO cyber defence at NATO Headquarters.

At approximately 58 million Euro in total, the award represents NATO’s largest investment to date in cyber defence.


Canada Conducts Another Arctic Military Exercise

CBC News March 5, 2012

Military exercise underway in Nunavik Troops learning to work in Arctic conditions

Another major military exercise is underway in the North, this time in Nunavik.

More than 200 reservists arrived in Salluit, Que., over the weekend. They’re from the 35th Canadian Brigade Group in Quebec City.

Operation ‘Guerrier Nordique’ will have them skiing, building igloos, and doing some target practice.

Frenette says an Arctic-ready military becomes more important as the Northwest Passage opens to more traffic.

Last year, the 35th brigade did similar training exercises but further south on James Bay. Frenette says coming to Nunavik “cranked up the difficulty level”.

Last month, another major military exercise – Arctic Ram – was held in Yellowknife.


U.S. Navy Pursues “Road Map To The Arctic”

Office of Senator Lisa Murkowski March 7, 2012

Murkowski Discusses “Road Map to the Arctic” With U.S. Navy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Murkowski today asked Secretary of the United States Navy Ray Mabus whether the Navy is fully considering Alaska’s evolving Arctic opportunities in its future plans – particularly with the shifting focus towards Asia and the Pacific.

“We’ve got 5,580 miles of coastline that touch the Arctic and Pacific Oceans. As we all know, this coastline is becoming more accessible – which presents opportunities, but challenges as well,” said Murkowski. “Can you inform me what the Navy has been doing to get up to speed on the changing Arctic and what the near term holds for Navy involvement?”

Secretary Mabus told the Senator that the Navy has a “Road Map to the Arctic” plan they are following for the future, doing submarine exercises in the Arctic and conducting at least three ongoing operations in the Arctic – but that ratification of the Law of the Sea Treaty would be helpful in giving them a “seat at the table” and allowing them to stake claims and move forward to enable new military and commercial operations.

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