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Archive for: April, 2010

Debt-strapped Greece vows deeper defense cuts

Greece’s defense minister on Thursday promised “colossal” cuts in military operating costs to help the debt-ridden country emerge from its financial crisis and speed up plans to modernize the armed forces. Defense Minister Evangelos Venizelos Greece is aiming to slash operating costs by up to 25 percent in 2010 from 2009, instead of the planned […]

Three Points of View: The United States, Pakistan and India

In recent weeks, STRATFOR has explored how the U.S. government has been seeing its interests in the Middle East and South Asia shift. When it comes down to it, the United States is interested in stability at the highest level — a sort of cold equilibrium among the region’s major players that prevents any one […]

Turkish Warships To Participate in Air Force Exercise

Four warships of Turkish Navy will take part in the major air force exercise. Turkish Air Force operates in Konya a big training facility where Turkish Air Force and participating air forces of other nations can simulate any kind of air to air or air to surface combat operations. The exercises held in Anatolian Eagle […]

Hellenic Air Force Pilots Call In Sick

Hundreds of Greek air force pilots said they were too ill to fly on Monday in what the Defence Ministry said was an organised protest against pay cuts aimed at reducing Greece’s huge budget deficit. Hundreds of training flights, all of those scheduled, were expected to be cancelled on Monday, said a defence ministry official […]

Gallipoli’s fallen soldiers commemorated

The brave young soldiers who died in one of the fiercest ground battles in World War I have once again been commemorated in Çanakkale. This year thousands of Turks commemorated the battle by marching to the battleground one day before Australians and New Zealanders, who traveled all the way from the other side of the […]

Turkey, Syria to hold joint military exercises

Turkish and Syrian soldiers will hold joint drills this week to enhance border security cooperation, the Turkish General Staff said Monday. The announcement came as yet another sign of the flourishing ties between the two neighbors who came to the brink of war in the late 1990s after decades of hostility. The three-day exercises, starting […]

Military vehicle hit by landmine in Giresun

One lieutenant was killed and two soldiers wounded Monday when their vehicle hit a landmine which was allegedly detonated by terrorists via remote control. The explosion occurred as the soldiers’ vehicle was passing a bridge near the town of Dereli in Giresun province on the Black Sea coast. The vehicle was reported to have been […]

Turkey brings Israel’s nukes to NATO’s attention

Amid efforts to mediate between Iran and international powers over Tehran’s nuclear program, Turkey brought Israel’s nuclear arsenal to NATO’s attention during a meeting last week. “We want full implementation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty [NPT]. No country should be exempted from joining this treaty,” Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said in his address to NATO’s […]

MIT to be restructured under Fidan’s leadership

Structural changes at the National Intelligence Organization (MİT) will take on momentum with the new head of intelligence, Hakan Fidan, who is expected to take office in May. The structure of the intelligence agency will be redesigned to resemble the Central Intelligence Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. MİT Deputy Undersecretary Fidan, who was […]

Professional army to end conscription debates?

Turkey’s compulsory military service has been opened to debate once again after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan gave his blessing to the option of paid exemptions from military service on a televised program last week. However, analysts believe a paid option would be a Band-Aid solution to Turkey’s military service problems and argue that the […]

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