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Multinational Special Operations Aviation training centre opens in Croatia

Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, and Slovenia jointly opened the Multinational Special Aviation Programme at a ceremony in Zadar, Croatia on Wednesday (11 December 2019). The training centre is dedicated to training air crews responsible for transporting Special Operations Forces.
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NATO experts discuss unmanned underwater warfare trends

More than 230 representatives from Allied nations, NATO staffs and the defence industry gathered at NATO headquarters for a three day symposium (4-5 December 2019) to address the latest trends in unmanned underwater warfare. Organised by NATO’s Maritime Unmanned Systems Initiative – or MUSI – experts focused on operational challenges in the maritime domain and the latest technological developments in unmanned underwater systems. Industry partners also displayed many of their latest innovative systems and technology.
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NATO Secretary General announces increased defence spending by Allies

Ahead of the meeting of NATO Leaders in London to mark the Alliance’s 70th anniversary, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Friday (29 November 2019) gave details of large increases in Allied defence spending. Mr. Stoltenberg announced that in 2019 defence spending across European Allies and Canada increased in real terms by 4.6 %, making this the fifth consecutive year of growth. He also revealed that by the end of 2020, those Allies will have invested $130 billion more since 2016. Based on the latest estimates, the accumulated increase in defence spending by the end of 2024 will be $400 billion. Mr. Stoltenberg said: “This is unprecedented progress and it is making NATO stronger.’
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Secretary General discusses strengthening NATO with President Macron

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Thursday (28 November 2019) for a strategic discussion on strengthening the Alliance. “We just had good and open discussions addressing a wide range of issues, addressing how we can further strengthen and modernise the NATO Alliance,” said the Secretary General.
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52nd Plenary meeting of the Committee of the Chiefs of Military Medical Services in NATO

From 25 to 27 November 2019, the Committee of the Chiefs of Military Medical Services in NATO (COMEDS) convened at NATO HQ for its 52nd plenary session. Brigadier General Zoltan Bubenik from the Czech Republic, the chairperson for COMEDS opened the Plenary. The Director of the Logistics and Resources Division of the NATO International Military Staff, Lieutenant General Vasileios Garmpis attended the meeting as the NATO Military Committee representative.
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Secretary General marks $1 billion contract to modernise NATO’s fleet of AWACS aircraft

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the President of Boeing International, Sir Michael Arthur, met at Melsbroek Airport in Brussels on Wednesday (27 November 2019) to mark a major investment in the Alliance’s fleet of AWACS surveillance aircraft. NATO’s 1 billion dollar contract with Boeing will modernise the AWACS fleet, ensuring they continue to support the Alliance’s missions to 2035.
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NATO hosts senior military staff talks with EU

The Director General of NATO’s International Military Staff (IMS), Lieutenant General Hans-Werner Wiermann (DGIMS) and the Director General of the European Union Military Staff (EUMS), Lieutenant General Esa Pulkkinen (DGEUMS), co-chaired the second NATO-EU bi-annual meeting this year on 25 November 2019.
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The 107th NATO Electronic Warfare Advisory Committee (NEWAC) convenes in Brussels

On 25th to 27th November, the NATO Electronic Warfare Advisory Committee (NEWAC) convened its 107th Plenary meeting at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels. The meeting was presided over by Colonel Ziya Kabasakal, chairperson for the Committee.
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First NATO AGS remotely piloted aircraft ferries to Main Operating Base in Italy

The first of five NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) aircraft landed in Sigonella, Italy at 16h46 local time on Thursday (21 November 2019), marking an important step in the delivery of the AGS Program.
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Foreign Ministers take decisions to adapt NATO, recognize space as an operational domain

NATO Foreign Ministers met in Brussels on Wednesday (20 November 2019) to address a wide range of security challenges in preparation for the meeting of NATO leaders in London. “We all agree that NATO remains indispensable for our security, and that despite our differences, we are stronger as we face the future together,” said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

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