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 On February 14-15 NATO Ministers of Defence discussed key parameters of adapting the NATO Command Structure that will be the basis of the final decisions concerning the NATO Command Structure at the meeting in Brussels.

 

The Defence Ministers defined the principal design of the future NATO Command Structure, its principles of operation and directions for the implementation if the new structure. They agreed to establish a new Joint Force Command to oversee security of sea lines of communication and to ensure a swifter deployment of reinforcement from North America to Europe. A new command responsible for logistics and military mobility will ensure a fluent movement of land forces in Europe in case of collective defence, and also a new centre for cyber operation will be established.

 
 NATO Defence Ministers approved the Alliance Joint Air Power Strategy
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At the meeting in Brussels on February 15 NATO Ministers of Defence approved the Alliance Joint Air Power Strategy that lays out long-term guidelines in the development of NATO air capabilities and defines air force adaptation the Alliance will pursue in the future in accordance with the changes in security environment. The goal is to ensure that air and related forces of NATO allies maintain superiority and ability to respond immediately and appropriately respond to emerging threats as security of NATO allies is ensured and stability is projected.

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 Cooperation with the Pennsylvania National Guard was discussed
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On February 15 Vice Minister of National Defence Edvinas Kerza met with Adjutant General of Pennsylvania, commander of the Pennsylvania National Guard Major General Anthony Carrelli on a visit in Lithuania. The officials discussed the lasting military cooperation between the Lithuanian Armed Forces and the Pennsylvania National Guard, potential for other directions of cooperation, and the regional security situation.

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 Ministers of Defence of Lithuania and Germany signed a Protocol of Intent on affiliation of the Iron Wolf Brigade to a German Army division
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On the margins of NATO Ministerial Meeting taking place in Brussels on February 14-15, Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis and Federal Minister of Defence Dr Ursula von der Leyen signed a Protocol of Intent on affiliation of the Mechanised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf of the Lithuanian Armed Forces to a German Army division.

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 Lithuanian arms control inspectors are conducting a visit at Russia’s heavy bomber division
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A Lithuanian arms control inspector is conducting a verification visit in composition of a Turkish-led inspection team in the 22nd Guards Heavy Bomber Aviation Division of the Russian Federation based at Engels.  The arms control inspection team will carry out a verification visit in a military unit in accordance with the Vienna Document 2011 of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

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 Minister R. Karoblis to attend NATO Defence Ministers meeting in Brussels
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On February 14-15 Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis will attend NATO Defence Ministerial in Brussels. At the meeting Defence Ministers of the Alliance member states will address strengthening of the NATO deterrence and collective defence, adaptation of the NATO Command Structure to changed security environment , implementation of allied commitments, and other topical matters on the agenda.  Major focus will be placed on stepping up defence budgets so as to balance the burden-sharing.

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 International terrorism will have no perspectives only when states join efforts to fight it, Vice Minister of National Defence V. Umbrasas says
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On February 13 Vice Minister of National Defence Vytautas Umbrasas attended the United States-led  Global Coalition against ISIS/Da‘esh, fighting Isis in Iraq and Syria, ministerial conference in Kuwait. At the meeting coalition members  provided guiding principles for defeating ISIS that cover not only military defeat of ISIS but also denial of access to financial resources, information exchange on returning fighters , stabilisation of communities in liberated areas.

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