The Ministers of Defence of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding on the creation of the Baltic Combined Joint Staff Element.
On Monday, December 22, 2014, to express appreciation for cooperation and support in EMPA's 2014 Congress' organization, and presentations at the Baltie Defence College, NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, the Estonian Defence Forces 1st lnfantry Battalion and Kalev Infantry Battalion, as well as Amari Air Base, Colonel Aivar Jaeski, Deputy Director of NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence was awarded with the Ministry of Defence of Latvia Certificate of Recognition.
Ms. Līga Lakuča’s, Director of Military Information Department,
Republic of Latvia Recruitment and Youth Guard Centre, Chief Editor of Military Magazine Tēvijas Sargs (Guard of Fatherland); President of the European Military Press Association (EMPA) Interview with Commandant of the Baltic Defence College Major General Vitalijus Vaikšnoras
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.
NATO’s air policing mission in the Baltics was launched in 2004 after Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia joined NATO. Since then air force fighters from 14 countries have performed air policing. There are countries that have fulfilled this mission only once but others, like Germany, have fulfilled the mission already five times. Poland has participated in this mission four times, the United States, France and Denmark three times, Belgium, Norway and the Czech Republic twice. Air policing mission has experienced a number of extensions, the latest being at NATO Chicago Summit this summer where it was extended for indefinite period of time which surely should be regarded as an excellent result of the three Baltic States’ diplomatic performance and cooperation.
January 20-21, Chief of Defence of Lithuania Maj Gen Arvydas Pocius will attend the meeting of the Chiefs of Defence (CHODs) of the Nordic and Baltic countries in Estonia where his Danish, Estonian, Latvian, Norwegian and Swedish counterparts will also be present.
The Nordic Battle Group (NBG11) formed by Sweden, Finland, Norway, Estonia and Ireland has a total complement of about 2,200 soldiers, of whom 200 are Finnish. The core of the Finnish contingent is a Jaeger company.