(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
(Photo by: The Riga Conference) By LTC Aaron M. Cornett, Lecturer, Department of Military Studies, Baltic Defence College I recently attended the 2018 Riga Conference in Riga, Latvia. The conference, organized by the Latvian Transatlantic Organisation, the Latvian MoD, and the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, bills itself as a venue for constructive dialogue … Continue reading The 2018 Riga Conference – Observations from an Outsider
(Photo: Reuters/Maxim Shemetov) By LtCdr Ott Laanemets, EST-N, JCGSC 2018-2019 A2AD is one of the contemporary defence buzz-words without a clear definition. As recently as 2016, US Navy´s Chief of Naval Operations ADM Richardson called in his National Interest article to stop using this term as an example of unclear thinking. In the Baltic region, … Continue reading Stop A2AD-ing!
By Mr. Ryan Haggard, DPS Research Intern On the 5th of September 2018, the Crown Prosecution Service of the British government charged two Russian nationals in absentia, with conspiracy to murder, attempted murder, and use of the ‘Novichok’ nerve agent; for the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, a former GRU double agent, and his daughter Yulia. … Continue reading Continued Denial: Novichok Attack in Salisbury
(Photo credits: Yuri Kochetkov/EPA, via Shutterstock) By Syndicate Radzins, Joint Command and General Staff Course 2018/2019 On 11 September, Russia will launch its largest military exercise in approximately forty years. The massive military exercise, coined “Vostok-2018” or East-2018, has understandably drawn comparisons to last year’s Zapad-17 event. However, Vostok-18 will contain some key differences from last … Continue reading Vostok-18: The Show Must Go On, but Who is the Intended Audience?
By Major Uku Arold (Illustration image: Rob Dobi, for Buzzfeed News) Collaboration between investigative journalists in Buzzfeed News, Postimees, re:Baltica, and other outlets has led to an in-detail exposé on how the Kremlin clandestinely set up a propaganda network in the Baltic countries. The handlers of Baltnews,the propaganda network, originated from a corporation, Rossiya Segodnya, … Continue reading Wide Russian Influence Network Revealed in the Baltic states