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[T]he Russian threat to European stability has galvanised backing for a more active military. A recent YouGov poll showed 49 per cent support for increased defence spending, versus 36 per cent against.

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The fighting that has been going on in Ukraine is a very serious, kinetic, violent steel-on-steel fight. This is not some rebels sniping at each other.

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NATO's collective strength lies in the solidarity among its members: one for all and all for one. The Netherlands is helping the alliance to make changes, for instance by enhancing the deployability and responsiveness of NATO units.

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NATO's top commander in Europe said Wednesday that alliance nations must be willing to share their intelligence faster if its new rapid-reaction force is to be effective in countering threats.

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A NATO official has said a Syrian rocket that landed close to a Turkish military unit and slightly wounded five people on Wednesday was outside the areas covered by the current Patriot configuration in Turkey.

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In a crisis, the first responder will be the nation that is targeted. But NATO must be there to support any national efforts. This is a matter of planning and of political will; and making sure that we complement and reinforce each other.

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[R]ecently a new generation of European defense leaders has emerged. They are offering bold defense ideas and willing to take political risks.

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The world is more dangerous and unstable than at any time since the end of the Cold War. Is the UK ready to respond?

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One year after the disputed referendum to join Ukraine's Crimean peninsula to Russia, the Kremlin is increasingly finding in Africa a welcome break from what has otherwise been its continued international diplomatic and economic isolation

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http://archive.defensenews.com/article/20130617/SHOWSCOUT02/306170016/Interview-Gen-Denis-Mercier
The North Atlantic Council today, 23 March 2015, approved the nomination of General Denis Mercier, French Air Force, to the post of Supreme Allied Commander Transformation.

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