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"The Secretary General thanked Italy for its valuable contributions to the Alliance, including major deployments in both Afghanistan and Kosovo. Mr. Stoltenberg further welcomed the leading role that Italy will play in NATO’s new Spearhead Force, which will enable the Alliance to respond rapidly to threats emerging from any direction."


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1. Italy: NATO Gears Up For Wars In East And South
    From: Rick Rozoff

2. Albania: NATO's Second Military Chief Discusses Wars In East, South
    From: Rick Rozoff

3. Warlord Rock: U.S. Troops Lead War Games In Hungary
    From: Rick Rozoff


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1. Italy: NATO Gears Up For Wars In East And South
    Posted by: "Rick Rozoff" rwrozoff at yahoo.com rwrozoff
    Date: Fri Feb 27, 2015 2:22 pm ((PST))

http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_117639.htm




North Atlantic Treaty Organization
February 27, 2015




NATO and Italy discuss how Alliance is adapting to face threats from east and south




Arriving in Rome at the start of a two day visit to Italy on Thursday (26 February 2015), Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg underscored that NATO is adapting to “defend all Allies against threats from any direction”, east or south. He added that the Alliance is implementing the biggest reinforcement of NATO’s collective defence since the end of the Cold War, in order to respond to emerging challenges, including ISIL and instability in the Middle East and North Africa.

In meetings with President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, the Secretary General discussed NATO’s adaptation to new security challenges. This involves “improving our situational awareness over our southern borders, and developing our maritime strategy,” Mr Stoltenberg said. The leaders underscored the importance of working with partners to keep the region stable, particularly in light of the deteriorating security situation in Libya. The Secretary General noted that NATO “stands ready to support Libya with advice on defence and security institution building.” He added that “by helping countries in North Africa and in the Middle East build up their defence capacity, we can project stability without always deploying our own forces.”


The leaders further discussed the crisis caused by Russia’s aggressive actions against Ukraine, agreeing that the Minsk agreement remained the best opportunity for a peaceful solution. The Secretary General welcomed “recent indications of reduced fighting,” but noted that “Russia continues supporting the separatists with equipment, forces and training.” Mr. Stoltenberg called on all parties to “fully respect the ceasefire and withdraw heavy weapons.” He warned that any attempts to expand separatist-held territory would be “unacceptable to the international community”.


The Secretary General thanked Italy for its valuable contributions to the Alliance, including major deployments in both Afghanistan and Kosovo. Mr. Stoltenberg further welcomed the leading role that Italy will play in NATO’s new Spearhead Force, which will enable the Alliance to respond rapidly to threats emerging from any direction.


On Thursday, Secretary General Stoltenberg is also meeting with Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni. He also held separate talks with Defence Minister Roberta Pinotti, as well as with members of the Foreign Committee and the Defence Committee of the Senate and Chamber of Deputies, including Italian members of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.


On 27 February, the Secretary General will address personnel at the NATO Defense College in Rome, before travelling to Naples for a visit to Allied Joint Force Command Headquarters.


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2. Albania: NATO's Second Military Chief Discusses Wars In East, South
    Posted by: "Rick Rozoff" rwrozoff at yahoo.com rwrozoff
    Date: Fri Feb 27, 2015 2:22 pm ((PST))

http://www.aco.nato.int/dsaceur-discusses-hybrid-warfare-during-visit-to-albania-.aspx




North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe
February 27, 2015




DSACEUR Discusses Hybrid Warfare during Visit to Albania




TIRANA, Albania: NATO’s current efforts to adapt to emerging hybrid challenges from the east and south were a focus of discussions between Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe (DSACEUR) General Sir Adrian Bradshaw and senior Albanian political and military officials during meetings in Tirana, Albania, on 26 and 27 February. During the visit, General Bradshaw met with the Albanian Deputy Prime Minister, the Foreign and Defence Ministers, the Military Chief of Defence, and other senior Albanian officials.

A main area of discussion included Alliance plans to enhance and restructure the NATO Response Force (NRF) into a division-sized force that can move at short notice in response to hybrid threats. A vital new part of the NRF will be the creation of a ‘Very High Readiness Joint Task Force’ (VJTF), a multinational brigade of approximately 5,000 troops, with up to five manoeuvre battalions, supported by air, maritime and special forces. Some elements will be ready to move within two to three days, at the first indication of hybrid or conventional warning signs.


"NATO nations are resolute in their determination to respond to emerging security challenges from both the south and east, as evidenced by our ongoing and robust assurance measures, and our rapid establishment of an interim VJTF capability,” said General Bradshaw. "Every single Ally, no matter how large or small, is committed to the implementation of NATO’s Readiness Action Plan and I am pleased that Albania is contributing to our largest collective training event for 2015, Exercise Trident Juncture,” he said.

During the visit, DSACEUR also had the opportunity to visit an Albanian Special Forces unit and observe a military training exercise. He also had occasion to interact with soldiers and officers serving with the Albanian military.

"Albania is a relatively new member of NATO, and its troops have already made significant contributions to NATO operational missions,” said General Bradshaw. "Your ongoing efforts in Afghanistan on RESOLUTE SUPPORT and in Kosovo with KFOR and in BiH with EUFOR have been outstanding, and your contributions to last year’s NATO Response Forces were deeply appreciated,” he added.

Story by SHAPE Public Affairs Office
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3. Warlord Rock: U.S. Troops Lead War Games In Hungary
    Posted by: "Rick Rozoff" rwrozoff at yahoo.com rwrozoff
    Date: Fri Feb 27, 2015 2:37 pm ((PST))

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-02/27/c_134022842.htm




Xinhua News Agency
February 27, 2015




Joint U.S.-Hungarian military exercise consolidates Hungary's security: minister




PAPA, Hungary: The ongoing joint U.S.-Hungarian military exercise, Warlord Rock 2015, consolidates Hungary's security and strengthens its Defence Forces, Hungarian Defense Minister Csaba Hende said Thursday.


The exercise is "to express our commitment to boost our country's" and regional security under the changed conditions, Hende told a news conference in Papa, in northwest Hungary.


Warlord Rock 2015, the outcome of last year's NATO summit in Wales, started in four locations in western Hungary Sunday and lasts until next Tuesday, involving 750 soldiers -- 450 Americans and 300 Hungarians -- and the U.S. 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team ("Sky Soldiers"), under the Hungarian command.


Hende, the Commander of U.S. Army Europe, Lt. Gen. Frederick Ben Hodges, Hungarian Armed Forces Chief of Staff General Tibor Benko, and U.S. Ambassador to Hungary Colleen Bell observed part of Warlord Rock 2015 airborne and live ammo exercise before the news conference.


Bell called the joint military exercise an excellent example of bilateral cooperation.


Thursday's exercise involved a C-17 Globemaster III and two C-130 Hercules aircraft flying from Aviano Air Base, Italy, over the target area, Hungary's Papa, where soldiers parachuted out from an altitude of 300 meters to conduct an offensive operation and "occupy" the airbase at Papa.


The purpose of the overall exercise is to give fighting and support forces a chance to practice airborne and offensive ground maneuvers.


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