Should European military support for Ukraine be increased?

Very few, even among the best informed, had imagined that after 5 weeks of combat, the Russian Special Military Operation would be so contained by the Ukrainian defenders, and that the Russian armies would have suffered material and human losses as well. important. However, today, despite its extraordinary firepower and air force, it is the Russian army that goes into a defensive position on many fronts, and even retreats in the face of certain Ukrainian counter-attacks, especially around Kyiv. However, this perception given both by the Western media and by the very efficient Ukrainian war communication, does not allow…

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The European Union deploys a cyber rapid reaction team to protect Ukraine

About ten days ago, several ministerial sites and the 3 most important Ukrainian banks were targeted by a massive cyber attack of the denial of access type, or DDOS. For nearly 24 hours, the communication capacities and services of these structures were thus paralyzed by this attack, the origin of which was attributed to groups of Russian hackers. In the current context of extreme tensions, the capacity for the Ukrainian authorities to maintain functional communication channels with the population and to maintain active banking services for the population, is as decisive as the operational military responses of its…

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These conflicts that threaten in 2022: Ukraine-Russia

If there was a significant factor in describing the year 2021, apart from the Covid crisis, it is undoubtedly the significant increase in direct tensions between many states, with the now very real risk of seeing the specter reappear. conflicts between great powers on a regional or even global scale. Furthermore, and contrary to the tensions and conflicts that marked the post-Cold War period, these wars in the making threaten, for the most part, to bring in their wake the opposition of nuclear super-powers, and even to have an effect trigger between them, so that the deterioration of the situation for one of them can have significant consequences on the…

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Is Germany ready to do anything to preserve Russian gas?

In recent weeks, tensions between Moscow and kyiv have again crossed not one, but several levels. Not only do the Russian armies continue to amass considerable troops on the borders of Ukraine, facing the Donbass or in the Crimea, but Russian internal propaganda has become very active in presenting Ukraine to Russian public opinion, but also NATO, as the aggressors and even the instigators of the current tensions. In addition, Moscow has now instrumentalized dictator Lukashenko's Belarus, not only by exploiting the waves of migrants from Iraq and Syria against Poland and the Baltic States, but also by artificially growing...

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The new ambitions of European Structured Permanent Cooperation

The Permanent Structured European Cooperation, or PESCO, is undeniably one of the major advances obtained in the field of Defense within the European Union. Launched in December 2017, it allows European industrialists and political actors to cooperate to develop new programs, whether purely technological or industrial, with the aim of avoiding the multiplication of similar programs within the European Union, and therefore expenditure deemed irrelevant because it is redundant between members. The first list of projects was presented on March 6, 2018, and focused above all on support programs, in the field of training, simulation,…

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Belarus reportedly uses Syrian and Iraqi migrants against Lithuania

For several years, Turkish President RT Erdogan used the threat of releasing waves of migrants from Syria, Iraq and more generally, from all over the Middle East, towards European shores, in order to make Brussels and the European chancelleries relent. . This strategy, which allowed Ankara to negotiate a €6 billion compensation agreement to keep these migrants on its soil. Obviously, the method has been emulated, since according to Lithuanian Interior Minister Agnė Bilotaitė, Minsk would now use a similar method to respond to European sanctions and in particular to the support provided by Lithuania to Belarusian opponents in exile. Corn…

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DARPA is commissioning technologies to reassemble the US electricity grid, victim of cyber attacks

The great vulnerability of the electric grid allowing to distribute the electric current in the whole of the United States, is a major subject of concern for the leaders and the American soldiers. The gigantic blackout of 2003, linked to cascading phenomena originating in procedural errors within the company FirstEnergy, and which deprived nearly 50 million Americans and Canadians of power, confirmed what the authorities Americans had known since 1965, and the great New York blackout. Apart from accidents, mishandling or terrorist acts, one of the main threats to this inherently unstable network is…

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Estonian Milrem Robotics develops a "Loyal Wingman" for armored vehicles

For a little over three years, the Loyal Wingman or Remote Carrier concept has established itself as an indispensable component of the design of combat aircraft in the years to come. These discreet and fast drones will have the function of supporting piloted aircraft by carrying sensors and ammunition, and taking risks in their place if necessary. All the major military aeronautical nations are involved in this technological race, with the Remote Carrier of the European SCAF and Tempest programs, the American Skyborg and Longshot, the Australian Loyal Wingman or the Russian Grom. Much more than stealth or…

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Poland ready to pay majority of costs to receive US forces on its soil

President Trump's decision to withdraw 12.000 of the 37.000 men permanently deployed in Germany in order to pressure Berlin for its lack of investment in NATO, continues to cause controversy in the United States, or the measure is at least unpopular especially within the Pentagon. It must be said that the costs of this redeployment, half of the personnel returning to the United States and the other half being redeployed to Belgium and Italy, are very likely to cut into the American Defense budget well beyond what the construction of the anti-immigration wall on the border with Mexico. According to the secretary at...

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After Poland, Latvia offers to pay for US troops on its soil

Through the voice of its Defense Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, Latvia has made it known that it is ready to welcome some of the 9500 American soldiers whose withdrawal from Germany was announced by President Trump a few years ago. weeks, just days after Polish President Andrzej Duda did the same during his official visit to Washington to meet with President Trump. Unlike his Polish counterpart, however, Artis Pabriks, the Latvian minister, made a point of not offending his German ally, specifying that this offer was only made...

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