In terms of national security threats, the headline-grabbing Islamic State militants that the US is seeking to subdue in Iraq, are less of concern than Russia and China, the incoming chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Thursday. Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, in line to assume the nation's highest military post later this summer, cited Russia's nuclear weapon stockpile and aggressive, unpredictable actions as reasons that nation presents the most serious near-time threat to worldwide stability. He also cited China's military strength and North Korea's erratic international actions as other top concerns, listing the Islamic State threat in Iraq and Syria below the potential actions of those countries (...)
NATO responded forcefully Wednesday to a report that suggested the 28-country alliance and Russia were heading toward all-out war. The report, written by the European Leadership Network, a London-based policy think-tank, said that the increased level of military exercises by both sides could make an actual conflict more likely. NATO denied claims in the report that it was organizing exercises with "war plans in mind", instead suggesting that it was actually Russia that was preparing the conflict. (...) The NATO press release noted that Russia had conducted more than 4,000 military exercises in 2015, which it contends is 10 times more exercises that the alliance has done in the same time period. "Moreover, Russia has incorporated nuclear and nuclear-capable forces in its recent exercises". (...)
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Poland's new president called on Sunday for NATO to move troops to its eastern flank, bringing a message of solidarity to Estonia and other Baltic states nervous about Russian ambitions. (...) Duda spoke of the "resurgent imperial tendencies" in the region and said that since the world is changing, NATO should as well. (...)
Poland's defense minister said Thursday the United States would deploy heavy weapons to the EU state next year, as the regional tensions run high over Russia and the conflict in Ukraine. Washington has said in June it would store battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and other heavy weapons for as many as 5,000 American troops in several Baltic and Eastern Europe countries. "We expect this deployment to take place in 2016", Polish Defence Minister Tomasz Siemoniak told local news agency PAP. He said two locations for the weaponry had been identified in the west and northeast of the country following talks with the United States but he would not specify the exact locations. Siemoniak added that the terms would be finalised during a meeting of the NATO defense ministers in Brussels in early October. (...)