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National Cyber Security Centre provides analysis of the recent cyber-incident in a news website
2018.01.31
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On January 29 the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) under the Ministry of National Defence released primary analysis of the cyber-incident news website tv3.lt experienced. Chronology of the incident, conclusions and recommendations (in English).

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Ukraine’s military training and education reform is among the priority areas, Vice Minister V. Umbrasas says
2018.01.30
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On January 30 Vice Minister of National Defence Vytautas Umbrasas discussed the importance of officer training based on Western standards, Ukraine’s military training programmes, and reform underway, at a meeting with Lieutenant General Anatolyi Syrotenko, Commandant of the National Defence University of Ukraine, and his deputies. “I am happy about the successful cooperation between military raining institutions of Lithuania and Ukraine – apprenticeship plans, seminars, staff officer course’s study visit in Ukraine. We are ready to share our experience,” V. Umbrasas said at the meeting and stressed that international advisors identified the Ukrainian military training and education system reform as one of key priority areas.

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Minister R. Karoblis to meet with Lithuanian soldiers departing to take part in the United Nations operation in Mali
2018.01.30
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Friday, February 5, Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis will observe final exercise of the Lithuanian soldiers deploying to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) at General S.Žukauskas Training Area in Pabradė. “The deploying soldiers assume great responsibility and completion of the entrusted tasks together with German colleagues requires great professionalism and resolve. Our soldiers have that and they will contribute to security and stability in Mali while conducting the operation,” Minister R. Karoblis says.

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Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders on January 22 – 28, 2018
2018.01.29
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On January 22-28 NATO fighter aircraft conducting the Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states carried out one alert scramble to identify and escort military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

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Lithuanian Armed Forces training areas expanded to provide fitting training conditions for Lithuanian and allied soldiers
2018.01.26
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1,500-meter machine-gun firing range with maintenance buildings at Gaižiūnai Training Area, munitions storage grounds and access roads, aircraft target area, multifunctional firing range at General S.Žukauskas Training Area in Pabradė; all of the mentioned examples are just a part of expansion and upgrade ongoing in the Lithuanian Armed Forces infrastructure and training areas.

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Minister and Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament discussed European security and defence
2018.01.26
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On December 25 Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis met with Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, European Parliament, David McAllister on a visit in Lithuania. The officials addressed current European Security and Defence matters, exchanged views on the EU Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO). EU and NATO cooperation, using European Union Funds for security and defence needs.

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Second Lithuanian rotation formally deployed to the United Nations-led Operation MINUSMA in Mali
2018.01.26
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On January 26 a deployment ceremony was held in Panevėžys for the second rotation of the Lithuanian Armed Forces Force Protection Unit sent to serve in the UN-led stability operation MINUSMA in Mali.

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Second Lithuanian rotation to be deployed to the United Nations-led Operation MINUSMA in Mali
2018.01.25
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On January 26 a deployment ceremony will be held in Panevėžys for the second rotation of the Lithuanian Armed Forces Force Protection Unit sent to serve in the UN-led stability operation MINUSMA in Mali.

The second Force Protection Unit rotation includes 34 professional military service soldiers and soldiers with the 5th Territorial Unit, Vytis Military District, National Defence Volunteer Force. They will replace their colleagues from the 6th Territorial Unit, Resurrection Military District, National Defence Volunteer Force, and serve as part of the German Contingent in the area of operation. Lithuanian soldiers’ task in the operation is to ensure force security within the military base compound in Gao province, eastern part of Mali.  

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Lithuanian Armed Forces to switch to a new combat uniform standard this year
2018.01.23
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This year the Lithuanian Armed Forces begin changing military uniform to the universal camouflage pattern. Military personnel is expected to be provided with uniforms of the new standard from the second quarter of 2018.

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Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders on January 15-21, 2018
2018.01.22
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On January 15-21 NATO fighter aircraft conducting the Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states did not have to conduct alert scrambles to intercept military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

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