Editorial: on Russia's August curse
The August curse is a perceived phenomenon in Russia, in which tragic events are felt to occur unusually often in the month of August. All sorts of natural and supernatural explanations have been presented for the phenomenon.
Planes practised landing on highway
Yesterday withing the international exercises Saber Strike, US attack planes A-10 practiced landing and lifting on an extension of Jägala-Kärevete Highway.
NATO Force Integration Unit gets own house
Established a year ago and thus far operating in a section of the Defence Forces headquarters, the 41-member NATO Force Integration Unit today receives a building of its own. As proven by the recent Trident Juncture 2016 exercises, Estonia is now in full readiness to receive NATO Response Force as urgency arises.
13.06.2016, Oliver KundPM
Editorial: the importance of a clear message
The closer we are drawing to the Warsaw summit of NATO on July 8-9, the louder and sharper is Russia in its statements, obviously intending to sow discord and create anxiety in the West. Meanwhile, to ensure security, the very unity and steadfastness is our key.
Experts say lion's share of NATO leak is hot air
The picture painted before media eyes in Norway by leaked NATO report regarding Russian special units in Estonia is exaggerated and only partially reflects reality, think the experts.
04.05.2016, Oliver KundPM
Editorial: the outcome of Russia's crazy game
Referring to US deputy defence secretary Robert Work, The Wall Street Journal wrote on April 29th that in response to Russian aggressiveness NATO would boost its presence in Baltics and Poland by four battalions i.e. a contingent of 4,000 men. This still is too little when compared to Russian western military district of up to 350,000 men or the close to 100,000 of troops who have in recent years participated in exercises on Russia's western edge. Much more important, however, is the message therewith sent to Kremlin.
NATO advised to boost presence on Baltic Sea
The Defence Committee of the Riigikogu (Estonian Parliament) commissioned ICDS to conduct a study on the strategic balance in the Baltic Sea region with aim to contribute, in the run up to the Warsaw Summit, to the discussion on the optimum Alliance military posture in the region. Underneath find its assumptions, findings and recommendations.
19.04.2016, Henrik Praks, Director of ABCDPM
Estonian foreign intelligence: Russia to increase military power in Baltic direction
Russia has been constantly increasing its military capacity in the direction of the Baltic countries and has also increased the capacity and complexity of exercises, it can be seen from the first annual report of the Estonian Information Board (EIB).
UK to send five ships to Baltic
The UK is to send five extra ships to the Baltic Sea as part of a NATO buildup against Russia, The Guardian said.
Estonia eyes engagement against ISIS
At defence ministry, ideas have been put into writing regarding Estonia's options between three likely foreign missions looming. A scenario would take our soldiers back to Iraq, to train combatants fighting Islamic State.
26.10.2015, Oliver KundPM
Estonian DefMin wants to expand central training ground, build a new one
The Estonian Defense Ministry wants to widen the safety zone of the defense forces' central training ground in West-Viru County and create a new training ground in its vicinity to enable the defense forces to carry out trainings with infantry fighting vehicles.
Nordic cos reach agreement on tightening cooperation, including with Baltics
The Nordic countries have agreed to tighten cooperation, including with the Baltic countries, the Norwegian daily Aftenposten reports.
US fighter jets destroy ground targets at Estonia's central training ground
U.S. F-16 fighter jets fired at ground targets during a joint training exercise of the air forces of Estonia and the United States at the Estonian defense forces' central training ground Wednesday.
US F-16 fighters destroy ground targets at central training ground
U.S. F-16 fighters taking part in a nearly month-long joint air force exercise of Estonia and the United States on Thursday for the first time destroyed ground targets at the defense forces central training area.
Estonia, US to kick off biggest ever air force exercise
A nearly month-long joint air force exercise of Estonia and the United States will start in the airspace of Estonia next week, which will see ground targets at the Estonian defense forces' central training ground destroyed from the air using live ammunition for he first time in the history of Estonia since the country regained its independence.
3000 US troops head to Eastern Europe for exercises
The Pentagon says that about 3,000 U.S. soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division will deploy to Eastern Europe on a three-month exercise beginning next week, to conduct training exercises with forces from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
US extends Finland invitation to joint air exercise in Estonia
The United States has extended an official written invitation to Finland to participate in joint air force exercises in Estonia, the U.S. Embassy in Finland confirmed to Finland's STT news agency late on Wednesday evening.