Nicholas Fiorenza

Nicholas Fiorenza
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Europe: Who’s Responding To Russia, Who’s Not 
Russia’s actions provoke defense rethink
NATO Preparing For Air Defense Of Member Nations 

BRUSSELS — NATO is taking steps to bolster the credibility of its defense guarantee to Eastern European members, most visibly with air power, in the wake of Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea.

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says, “Russia’s military aggression in Ukraine is the most serious crisis in Europe since the fall of the Berlin Wall,” and “follows a pattern of behavior of military pressure and frozen conflicts in our neighborhood: Transnistria, South Ossetia, Abkhazia, and now Crimea.”

NATO Prepares For Air Defense Of Member Nations 
BRUSSELS - NATO’s commitment under Article 5 to collective defense is “not just words, but real assets and real actions: more planes to police the airspace over the Baltics, surveillance flights over Poland and Romania,” NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says.
Germany Loses 56 UAVs Over 10 Years Of Operations 

BRUSSELS — Small UAVs have represented the largest number of losses in Germany’s unmanned fleet since their introduction over the last decade.

The greatest losses were of LUNA tactical reconnaissance UAVs, according to the latest figures from the Bundeswehr. LUNA losses totaled 56 — 45 destroyed, including 24 that crashed, and 11 missing. Some 23 Aladin mini-UAVs were destroyed, including six that crashed, and another 10 that went missing. Two Mikado micro-UAVs crashed, and two others went missing.

Germany Loses 56 Operational UAVs In 10 Years 
BRUSSELS - The largest and most expensive systems lost include three leased Heron 1 medium-altitude, long-endurance UAVs. (Photo: IAI)
End Of Overseas Deployment Eases German Outlay 

The German government's draft defense budget for 2014 is around €32.8 billion ($45 billion), a €400 million decrease compared to 2013. The budget will be reduced to around €32.1 billion by 2016 as the Bundeswehr—Germany's armed forces—reduces personnel in line with its transformation. End-strength has already been cut to near its planned maximum of 185,000.

European Defense Costs: Materiel Down, Personnel Steady 

Defense spending in Europe has taken a marked downward turn, according to figures released by the European Defense Agency (EDA) in September 2013, with investments being hit particularly hard. In 2011, total defense expenditures by EU member states—excluding Denmark, which has opted out of the EU's Common Security and Defense Policy, and Croatia, which became a member in mid-2013—fell by €1 billion to €192.5 billion ($265 billion), a drop of over 2%.

German Euro Hawk Probe Highlights Differing Cost Estimates 

Northrop Grumman and the German defense minister remain far apart when it comes to cost estimates of what it would take to certify the now-canceled Euro Hawk high-altitude UAV for flight in German airspace.

A Bundestag commission investigating the Euro Hawk cancelation recently held a series of hearings to find out who knew what—and when—about cost overruns in the program and problems in obtaining certification for the system to fly in the country’s airspace. The German election campaign season only adds to the angst; general elections take place Sept. 22.

German Euro Hawk Investigation Spotlights Differing Cost Estimates 
Northrop Grumman and the German defense minister remain far apart when it comes to cost estimates of what it would take to certify the now-canceled Euro Hawk high-altitude UAV for flight in German airspace. (Photo: Northrop Grumman)
Infantry Gets Major Role In Restructured Bundeswehr
Germany promotes infantry tactics in military restructuring
Complex Tradeoffs Between Specialized And Modular Combat Ships
Even small navies need ships with blue-water capabilities
Striking Back
Operation Serval includes 3,500 troops and 20 combat helicopters
Germany Loses 56 Operational UAVs In 10 Years

Small UAVs have represented the largest number of losses in Germany’s unmanned fleet since their introduction over the last decade.

The greatest losses were of LUNA tactical reconnaissance UAVs, according to the latest figures from the Bundeswehr. LUNA losses totaled 56 — 45 destroyed, including 24 that crashed, and 11 missing. Some 23 Aladin mini-UAVs were destroyed, including six that crashed, and another 10 that went missing. Two Mikado micro-UAVs crashed, and two others went missing.

Basing The C-Ram System Close To Home
Turkey may see first test of Germany's new C-RAM air defense system
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