Jiří Šedivý New CEO of EDA

Following his appointment by the EDA Steering Board on 5 March, Jiří Šedivý has officially taken over on 4 May as the Agency’s new Chief Executive for an initial 3-year mandate, extendable for two additional years. “It is a great honour and privilege for me to take up the position of Chief Executive of the…

NATO Planes Intercept Russian Fighters in Baltic

Belgian jets assigned to NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission intercepted Russian fighters as they conducted low passes over a US Navy destroyer on 17 April. The Belgian F-16 Fighting Falcon multirole fighters launched from Šiauliai Air Base in Lithuania, where the air policing mission is headquartered. They then intercepted the Russian aircraft – two Su-24…

EU-US Defence Co-operation: “A Minefield of Opportunity”

Paul Taylor, Senior Fellow of Friends of Europe. The United States should wholeheartedly embrace EU initiatives to strengthen European and NATO defence capabilities and offer joint incentives for transatlantic industrial collaboration instead of niggling over the rules of the EU’s defence fund (EDF), a new report urges. The study by journalist and researcher Paul Taylor…

Review of EU Defence

Defence ministers have shared their expectations and views ahead of the presentation  of the first full Coordinated Annual Review on Defence (CARD) Report which will be delivered to the Steering Board in November 2020.   Ministers took the opportunity to highlight their expectations and share success factors they deem important ahead of delivery of the first full…

Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense

The European Defence Agency (EDA) has for the first time been chosen to support the development of a PESCO project as an Agency initiative, in line with the PESCO commitment to use EDA as the European forum for project capability development.  The Austrian-lead project, CBRN Surveillance as a Service (CBRN SaaS), will provide a rapidly…

OCEAN2020 Launches First Sea Demonstration

The OCEAN2020 project, managed by a 42 partner consortium from 15 EU countries, has successfully launched its first sea demonstration in the Gulf of Taranto, Italy.  The OCEAN2020 Live Sea Demonstration involves a total of 9 unmanned assets and six naval units from Italy, Spain, Greece and France.  The deployment of manned and unmanned systems,…

How to Strengthen Public-Private Cooperation in Hybrid War

Western nations need to build closer partnerships with the private sector to sharpen NATO and the European Union responses to hybrid security threats, participants at a unique day-long exercise concluded on Thursday. “Hybrid warfare is now real warfare,” Jamie Shea, Senior Fellow at Friends of Europe and former Deputy Assistant General at NATO. “This is an…

Italy’s Suicide Diplomacy Reducing its Influence When it is Most Needed

Italy has a central role to play in Europe’s response to growing security challenges in the Mediterranean region, but the current government’s “suicide diplomacy” is reducing its influence in the European Union and NATO just when it needs their support, according to a timely new report by Friends of Europe published this week. The study…

Noble Jump 19

A NATO force of 2,500 German, Dutch and Norwegian troops and 1,000 vehicles is currently taking part in exercise Noble Jump 19 at the Zagan training range in Western Poland.  Noble Jump is the main training opportunity for NATO’s Spearhead Force, the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF), and tests how well its different units…