Romanian and French Army Advise Afghan National Army

04/01/2011
04/01/2011 - French Army Capt. Michel Bastelica, from Corsica, and Afghan National Army basic warrior training instructor shakes hands with a student during class in Kabul Military Training Center Jan. 12. Mentors from many different countries play a critical role supporting NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan in sites throughout Afghanistan. [slidepress gallery='romanian-and-french-army-advise-afghan-national-army']…

The Afghan Drug Challenge

12/19/2010
A Russian Perspective By Dr. Richard Weitz and Dmitri Titoff, October 21, 2010 12/21/2010 - Translation provided by Dr. Richard Weitz Afghan Uniform Police and Afghan counter-narcotics teams are standing guard at “gates,” or checkpoints, surrounding the city’s entrances by highways, to protect its citizens against the import of drugs,…

The Future of NATO’s Tactical Nuclear Weapons

12/18/2010
By Dr. Richard Weitz Preparing for the NATO Summit (Credit: NATO) 12/21/2010 - One of the most important issues that NATO Heads of State addressed at their November 2010 Summit in Lisbon was what to do about the remaining U.S. tactical nuclear weapons (TNWs) stationed in Europe under the alliance’s…

Greece: A Harsh Balancing Act

09/07/2010
The Greek Economic Crisis And Defense Budget Cuts: A Question of Balance By Harry Syringas hs@sldinfo.com Greece’s economic crisis and recent bailout have called for budget cuts across the board, including in its defense budget. Hence, given the fact that major arm suppliers of Greece, like Germany, demand reduction in…

French Special Forces in Afghanistan: Lessons Learned

11/30/2009
[caption id="attachment_2566" align="alignleft" width="102" caption="Revue Marine November 2009"][/caption] In the current issue of Marine, a quarterly publication by the  French Navy’s Association of Reserve Officers (Association des officiers de réserve de la Marine nationale) a special series of articles on NATO’s involvement in Afghanistan called «Afghanistan: Which Path for the…

NATO HIP Helicopter Task Force Gets Momentum

10/25/2009
On October 23rd, 2009 during the NATO Defense Ministers meeting in Bratislava,  nine NATO Allies signed a declaration of intent to contribute to the Czech-lead initiative to develop a multi-national transport helicopter programme for NATO (see: HIP helicopter initiative) and facilitate in-theater deployment of  these  much-needed air assets. The nine countries…

Rotorcraft and Military Operations

10/21/2009
Rotorcraft are significant contributors to military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.  They provide combat support, logistical lift, troop transport, medivac, and integrated C4ISR for the battlefield.  The Iraq conditions have provided significant stress on the fleet and the need to provide engineering and maintenance solutions for operating in sand, heat…