The telegraph today reported that Lt-Gen Frederick “Ben” Hodges, commander of the US army in Europe, said Russia could capture the capitals of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia in as little as 36 hours. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/23/nato-cant-protect-baltics-from-russia-says-us-general/
This DS commentary has been placed in the threat section of our website because a lack of open government could of itself be a threat to national security. National and Defence Strategies Research Group Care of Mr Ben Sharp, Managing Director, Mercator, 180 Piccadilly London W1J 9HF. Tel 0207 411 9816 https://www.defencesynergia.co.uk DEFENCESYNERGIA COMMENTARY WHEN Continue reading
In February DS set out its goals for 2016. One aspect of this work was to examine emerging and increasing threats to UK and NATO from a revanchist Russia and consider the coherence of NSS/SDSR 2015 and plans for Future Force 2020/25 in this regard. DS has long advocated that HMG should address the key Continue reading
Synopsis – UK Air Defence Capability Gap Following on from the 2015 National Security Strategy (NSS) and Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) DefenceSynergia (DS) made representations to the House of Commons Defence Committee pointing out the disparity between the Government’s worthy aspirations for UK defence up to and beyond 2020 and the budget time-line Continue reading
Russia has rehearsed an invasion of SCANDINAVIA which, if carried out, would prevent NATO from reinforcing the Baltic states, claims US security report What worries DS about things like this isn’t the one story here, another there – but the succession day after day and all with a coherent thread behind them. -Where is this Continue reading
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International Political/Diplomatic: The UK has attained over the years an international influence (soft – flexible – hard power) that many other equally or even richer yet envious nations do not – permanent seat on the UNSC, WTO, G8/20, NATO Council, Commonwealth. History and tradition alone will not guarantee that these positions of influence are maintained