This blog was created by the Baltic Defence College’s 2019-2020 Joint Command and General Staff Course over the course of one week while studying Innovation and Military Technology (their last module before graduation). The sixty authors would like to thank the many experts from the Baltic Defence College (Art Johanson, Lukáš Dyčka, Hans Helseth), MILREM … Continue reading Innovation and Military Security
By Mr Olavi Jänes, Legal Advisor of the Baltic Defence College Authorising a drone attack to kill Iranian General Soleimani has posed a number of questions, the most relevant being the legal ground for such action. In the light of limited information it is difficult to offer a definite answer on the legality of chosen … Continue reading THOUGHTS ON THE LEGALITY OF KILLING GENERAL SOLEIMANI
By LTC (US) Aaron Cornett, Lecturer Joint Planning and Execution The first full week of the Joint Command and General Staff Course at the Baltic Defence College featured an intriguing and thought-provoking guest speaker. He gave the students and faculty a lot to think about, and perhaps the perfect start to an enduring dialogue. … Continue reading It´s Time to Start Thinking and Writing About Thought-Provoking Things
(Photo Credits: Federico Parra—AFP/Getty Images By George Spencer Terry, Visiting Fellow, Baltic Defence College 29 April 2019 On 25 March, two Russian military planes landed in Caracas, sporting 100 troops and 35 metric tons of equipment. While this materiel was justified as solely “cooperation” and “maintenance and training,” this gesture is symbolic in that it … Continue reading Tu Quoque in Russian Foreign and Military Policy: Venezuela as a Representative Case
(Photo credits: Evan Vucci—AP/Shutterstock) By George Spencer Terry, Visiting Fellow, Baltic Defence College 27 February 2019 On Monday, 25 February 2019, just several days before the upcoming Hanoi summit with North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un, US President Donald Trump declared that North Korea “could fast become one of the great economic powers anywhere in … Continue reading The Chosŏn One? Trump, Kim, and the Rhetoric of Great Powers
(Photo: French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel | Philippe Wojazer/AFP via Getty Images) By MG Andis Dilāns (LVA), Commandant of the Baltic Defence College The idea of a European army has been floating around almost since the very beginning of the EU, and the idea has appeared on the agenda regularly. … Continue reading IS THERE A NEED FOR A EUROPEAN ARMY?
By Joakim Paasikivi, LTCOL SWE A, Lecturer Joint Intelligence Should we unpack the paper maps and spirit compasses again? Over the last decades, Allied and Partner nations have very much come to taking operating in an uncontested electronic environment for granted. Out of Area Operations for NATO and Peace Support Operations for Partners have been … Continue reading The time is out of joint: O cursed spite, That ever I was born to set it right!
(Photo credits: NATO) By: Syndicate Radzins NATO commenced exercise Trident Juncture 2018 on 25 October and it will be the largest military exercise conducted in Norway since the 1980s and NATOs largest exercise since 2002. The exercise is a NATO-led so-called high visibility exercise, part of NATO´s Readiness Action Plan which came out of the … Continue reading Trident Juncture: Another show, but the message is much the same
(Picture credits: NATO Enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup Latvia Facebook Page) By LCDR Aldo Simone, JCGSC 2018-2019 Following the decisions undertaken during the 2016 NATO summit in Warsaw; Italy launched operation “Baltic Guardian”, participating in the enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) battlegroup with a contingent of 169 soldiers currently based in Ādaži, Latvia. The contingent has the … Continue reading Is the Italian Participation to the Enhanced Forward Presence at Risk?
(Photo credits: wigglestick/Adobe Stock) By COL Jean Trudel, Deputy Commandant and Chief of Staff, Baltic Defence College Looking into the modern ways to wage war, we tend to think about capabilities in terms of “stuff” – aircraft, ships, tanks and so on. Warfare, or methods to wage wars, shift with technology and policies. Most scholars … Continue reading Cognitive Dominance training or controlling one’s environment through resilience: the Canadian Army concept