22nd Anniversary of the „Hrvatski vojnik“ Magazine

22nd Anniversary of the „Hrvatski vojnik“ Magazine

Posted: 2013-11-26 Category: EMPA news

Much like all military units that proudly mark their anniversaries reminding them of difficult yet historical moments of their establishment, so did the Croatian military magazine „Hrvatski vojnik“ in mid-November. We too are commemorating our anniversary in a happy atmosphere for having had the privilege of being close the Croatian soldiers and of following them in their war- and peace-time duties alike. The pages of „Hrvatski vojnik“ reflect all minor and major Croatian victories alike, crowned by the final liberation of our country. Following the war, we continued to cover every step of the peace-time development of the Croatian Armed Forces, to record the most important moments of their growth intoa modern and professional military force, and to follow Croatian soldiers in peace missions in remote areas of the world. We have been with Croatian soldiers ever since our first issue and it has remained so to this day. Croatian soldiers remain our continuous inspiration and undepletable source of subjects.

Serbian peacekeepers sending off to Lebanon

Serbian peacekeepers sending off to Lebanon

Posted: 2013-11-18 Category: EMPA news

A ceremony on the occasion of sending off 130 members of the SAF infantry company into the UN UNIFIL mission to Lebanon there has been in the Nis Barracks “Knjaz Mihailo“,  4th November.

The ceremony was attended by the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Serbia Nebojsa Rodic, Head of General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces General Ljubisa Dikovic, Episcope Jovan and other guests.

The European Military Press Association (EMPA) meets in Helsinki

The European Military Press Association (EMPA) meets in Helsinki

Posted: 2013-11-06 Category: EMPA news

One of this year’s most inspiring events – the European Military Press Association’s (EMPA) 34th Congress was held in Helsinki, Finland from 8 to 10 October 2013.

 

Congress delegates were hospitably welcomed by representatives of the Finnish defence industry offering an interesting program of numerous events and activities. It must be noted that big credit for excellent organization goes to Mr Mikko Ilkko, the Editor-in-Chief of the Finnish Defence Forces newspaper.

Arctic Challenge exercise will see dozens of fighters in the northern sky

Arctic Challenge exercise will see dozens of fighters in the northern sky

Posted: 2013-09-24 Category: EMPA news

The air exercise is part of the Cross Border operations between Finland, Sweden and Norway expanding over the national boundaries. The goal is to enhance Nordic cooperation in the field of defence under NORDEFCO and develop capabilities for combined operations. Aircraft from Great Britain and the United States (US) will be also involved in the exercise.

In addition to Finland's ten F/A-18s, Norway will assign to the exercise ten F-16 fighters and Sweden twenty-two JAS 39 Gripens. Photo: The Royal Norwegian Air Force.

Finland to host World Military Ski Championship in 2014

Finland to host World Military Ski Championship in 2014

Posted: 2013-09-24 Category: EMPA news

The Finnish Defence Forces will host the International Military Sports Council's (CISM) 52nd World Military Ski Championship in March 2014. The patron of the championship will be the president of Finland. The World Military Ski Championship will take place 24 - 29 March 2014. The cross-country, biathlon and ski orienteering events will take place in Kommattivaara, Sodankylä, and the giant slalom will take place in Levi. 

Supreme Command and Control of the Armed Forces: the Roles of Presidents, Parliaments, Governments, Ministries of Defence and Chiefs of Defence

Supreme Command and Control of the Armed Forces: the Roles of Presidents, Parliaments, Governments, Ministries of Defence and Chiefs of Defence

Posted: 2013-08-11 Category: EMPA news

The Baltic states have developed their armed forces and defence systems over a very short period of time following the principle of ‘learning by doing’. This chapter examines one aspect of this process: supreme command and control of the armed forces in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. It aims to identify the major factors influencing the development of the democratic control of the armed forces of the Baltic states during the last 20 years. To do so, it explores how the chain of command at the strategic level (including the president, parliament, government, minister of defence and chief of defence) was established in the 1990s and how it has developed in the years since.

Serbian peacekeepers return from Lebannon

Serbian peacekeepers return from Lebannon

Posted: 2013-06-03 Category: EMPA news

At the Nis military airport Serbian peacekeepers from the mission "UNIFIL" in Lebanon were welcomed. The welcoming ceremony was attended by Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Aleksandar Zivkovic, commander of the Third Army Brigade Commander Brigadier General Zelimir Glisović, commander of the Peacekeeping Operations Center Colonel Milivoje Pajovic, including relatives and friends of members of the platoon of the Third Brigade of the Army.

Government approves report on creation of NATO center of excellence in Latvia

Government approves report on creation of NATO center of excellence in Latvia

Posted: 2013-05-23 Category: EMPA news

On May 13 Cabinet of Ministers of Latvia approved a report on the creation of the NATO Center of Excellence for Strategic Communication in Latvia.

The discussions on the issue are due to take place in Germany and France within a month. Regional partners have already confirmed their support on the creation of Centre of Excellence in Riga. The initiative has the support of the Allied Transformation Command as well.