Holding Russia To Account: Press Statement by Secretary of State Blinken

Holding Russia To Account PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE APRIL 15, 2021 Today, we announced actions to hold the Russian Government to account for the SolarWinds intrusion, reports of bounties on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, and attempts to interfere in the 2020 U.S. elections. We have engaged Russian authorities to share our …

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April 14, 2021: Secretary Blinken, Secretary Austin, and Secretary General Stoltenberg Joint Press Availability

Secretary Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at a Joint Press Availability April 14, 2021 NATO HEADQUARTERS BRUSSELS, BELGIUM   MODERATOR:  Good evening.  Welcome to NATO Headquarters, to this press conference with the Secretary General, the Secretary of State, and the Secretary of Defense.  They will make short introductory …

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Reaffirming and Reimagining America’s Alliances: Speech by Secretary of State Blinken following NATO Foreign Ministerial

 Reaffirming and Reimagining America’s Alliances: Speech by Secretary of State Blinken following NATO Foreign Ministerial March 24, 2021 Brussels, Belgium NATO Headquarters Agora SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Good afternoon. A few weeks ago, not long after becoming Secretary as State, I spoke directly to the American people.  I said that my number one job is to ensure …

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NATO Foreign Ministerial: Secretary Blinken & NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg Moderated Conversation

Remarks Secretary Antony J. Blinken And NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg Moderated Conversation with Rosa Balfour March 23, 2021 NATO Headquarters Brussels, Belgium MS BALFOUR:  Good morning.  Good morning from Brussels, NATO’s Headquarters.  My name is Rosa Balfour.  I’m the director of Carnegie Europe and I’m absolutely delighted to be moderating this conversation between Secretary …

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NATO Defense Ministerial February 2021: Readouts of Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III Remarks

Readouts of Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III Remarks at the NATO Defense Ministerial February 17 and 18, 2021 NATO Defense Ministerial Day 1 Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III participated in his first NATO Defense Ministerial as the U.S. Defense Secretary today, providing remarks during two separate sessions.  The first session discussed deterrence …

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Common Declaration of the Defence Ministers of the Enhanced Forward Presence Host and Framework Nations on the Implementation of eFP

Common Declaration of the Defence Ministers of the Enhanced Forward Presence Host and Framework Nations on the Implementation of Enhanced Forward Presence   We, the Defence Ministers of the enhanced Forward Presence host and framework nations, have reviewed our progress in implementing the enhanced Forward Presence in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland. The decision taken …

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From Warsaw Summit to Brussels Summit, NATO Chiefs of Defence Discuss Ongoing Work

By NATO On 17 and 18 January 2017, the NATO Chiefs of Defence gathered for the 176th Military Committee in Chiefs of Defence Session (MCCS) at NATO Headquarters in Brussels. The meetings included discussions on improving NATO’s Command Structure, continuing defence & deterrence measures, projecting stability through Counter Terrorism projects and the continued support of the …

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Ambassador Lute’s Op-ed in the New York Times: Never Forget: Sept. 12

Never Forget: Sept. 12 By Douglas E. Lute, the U.S. Ambassador to NATO BRUSSELS — Americans will always remember Sept. 11, 2001. Fifteen years later, the feelings of confusion, shock and loss from the deadly attack on our country are still vivid. But the next day, Sept. 12, 2001, was also historic. That was the day America’s staunchest allies stood with us in …

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Baltic Allies Invest in National Defense

Article 3 of the Washington Treaty commits NATO Allies to strengthen their own national defense and ability to resist armed attack. In line with these commitments, Baltic States are acquiring capabilities that, individually and together, harden their national defenses and enhance their ability to tap Alliance capabilities should the need arise. U.S. Exercise Saber Strike …

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NATO Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD): Myth vs. Fact

Proliferation of ballistic missiles poses an increasing threat to Allied populations, territory and deployed forces. Over 30 countries have, or are acquiring, ballistic missile technology that could eventually be used to carry not just conventional warheads, but also weapons of mass destruction. The proliferation of these capabilities does not necessarily mean there is an immediate …

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EUCOM Announces European Reassurance Initiative Implementation Plan

By  U.S. European Command STUTTGART, Germany – As part of the United States commitment to increased assurance and deterrence, U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR) will begin receiving continuous troop rotations of U.S.-based armored brigade combat teams (ABCT) to the European theater in February 2017, bringing the total Army presence in Europe up to three fully-manned Army brigades. As discussed during the announcement of …

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Air National Guard F-15s head to Iceland and the Netherlands

By USAFE-AFAFRICA Public Affairs RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — Twelve F-15C Eagles and approximately 350 Airmen and support equipment from the 131st Fighter Squadron, Barnes Air National Guard Base, Massachusetts, and the 194th Fighter Squadron, Fresno Air National Guard Base, California, will deploy to the European theater beginning April 1, 2016. The arrival of these F-15s marks the …

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Lithuania Upgrades Radio Communications Equipment

Today, the Lithuanian military took delivery of a $24 million equipment package, including radio equipment that will improve force communications in the field and ground-to-air transmissions, such as calling for precision NATO air strikes.  The equipment was purchased with U.S. European Reassurance Initiative (ERI) and other foreign assistance funds. Article 3 of the Washington Treaty …

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Estonia Takes Delivery of Javelin Anti-Tank Missiles

The Estonian military received a second tranche of anti-tank missiles on March 20. The $33 million purchase of Javelins was funded with U.S. European Reassurance Initiative funds. The U.S.-produced Javelin missile can defeat any tank in the world and is the standard system used by the U.S. Army. Working together to acquire this important defensive …

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US Contribution Helps Move NATO Missile Defense Forward

The U.S. is making major strides with Allies to advance NATO’s critical missile defense capability. The European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA) has made important progress over the past six years, according to Frank Rose, Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance. The first Aegis ashore site in Deveselu, Romania made its technical …

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USS Ross Successfully Intercepts Ballistic Missile Target During Coalition Test

From U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN (NNS) — USS Ross (DDG 71) successfully intercepted a ballistic missile in the North Atlantic Ocean during the Maritime Theater Missile Defense (MTMD) Forum’s At Sea Demonstration (ASD) Oct. 20, 2015. This is first time a Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IA guided interceptor …

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NATO Force Integration Units (NFIU) Activated Today in Six Allied Nations

Six small headquarters or NATO Force Integration Units (NFIUS) were activated on September 1, delivering on promise of adaptation measures under the Readiness Action Plan (RAP) agreed by President Obama and the other 27 Alliance leaders Wales Summit in 2014. These first six multinational command and control units on the territories of Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, …

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F-22s Touch Down in Europe

U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors flew in the skies over Lask Air Base, Poland this week. Four F-22 Raptors arrived in Germany as part of the first-ever F-22 training deployment to Europe. F-22s from the 95th Fighter Squadron, Tyndall AFB, Florida were deployed to Europe over the weekend as part of the U.S. European Reassurance Initiative …

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NATO Ballistic Missile Defense Capabilities

April 17, 2015 Ambassador Douglas Lute, Op-Ed This month, the United States will deliver a 9,000-ton boost to the ballistic missile defense (BMD) capabilities of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). With the arrival of the USS Porter, the third U.S. BMD-capable Aegis ship to be home-ported in Spain, the U.S. continues to meet its …

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