The state needs warships, helicopters and coastal radar networkLocal News
- Editorial: Estonians up in armsOpinionEstonia has above 27,000 weapons owners in possession of some 68,000 hunting, sports and self defence guns. Initial applications for permits are sharply up this year with six month figures exceeding 2012 and nearly equaling 2013 totals. The reasons vary from the EU trend towards toughening gun laws to the added sense of security.
- Editorial: don't sell security for pottage of lentilesOpinion
- Eerik-Niiles Kross: Brexit significantly worsens security situationOpinion
- Hanso: Kremlin itself is turning Ukraine into a Western nationEstonian news
- NATO waving a red rag under nose of RussiaEstonian news
- Editorial: game of drones in sky, media, and mindsOpinion
- Editorial: the outcome of Russia's crazy gameOpinionReferring to US deputy defence secretary Robert Work, The Wall Street Journal wrote on April 29th that in response to Russian aggressiveness NATO would boost its presence in Baltics and Poland by four battalions i.e. a contingent of 4,000 men. This still is too little when compared to Russian western military district of up to 350,000 men or the close to 100,000 of troops who have in recent years participated in exercises on Russia's western edge. Much more important, however, is the message therewith sent to Kremlin.
- NATO advised to boost presence on Baltic Sea Study alerts Warsaw summit on potential «local conflict»Estonian newsThe Defence Committee of the Riigikogu (Estonian Parliament) commissioned ICDS to conduct a study on the strategic balance in the Baltic Sea region with aim to contribute, in the run up to the Warsaw Summit, to the discussion on the optimum Alliance military posture in the region. Underneath find its assumptions, findings and recommendations.
- RAND analyst says new attacks in Europe likelyEstonian news
- Wind farms interfering with military radar imagesLocal News
- Editorial: the art of reading reports restfullyOpinionOf the report of the US think-tank Rand Corporation the slogan-like idea stood out that Russia may take Baltics by blitzkrieg if it so desires. Let such reports be read with an attitude of rest, though – carefully and thoughtfully while not overly dramatizing the details regarding conclusions drawn.
- NATO squeezed by Kaliningrad bottleneckEstonian news
- Estonia allots €40m to house alliesLocal News
- Estonia-Norway combat vehicle deal triggers war of wordsLocal News
- Editorial: with NATO, or without?Opinion
- Editorial: the Estonian arms countdownOpinion
- Multiple gun ban backfires Ministry withdraws one-weapon draft actLocal News
- Ministry wants to allow one gun only for self defenceLocal News
- Editorial: Europe headed towards collective defenceOpinion
- Estonia eyes engagement against ISISLocal News
- Rising defence spending in all of NATO looks unlikelyEconomy
- Editorial: Europe, pay up for your defenceOpinionAt NATO summit in Wales a year ago, all 28 members vowed to boost defence spending to a minimum of 2 percent of gross domestic produce in ten years. Think-tank Carnegie Europe's analysis «The Politics of 2 Percent: NATO and the Security Vacuum in Europe» compiled for its first anniversary finds the hope all reach the goal is overly optimistic. The analysis underlines the thus greater need to focus on what Europe needs to do to fill the vacuum.
- Hannes Hanso «embarrassed» that soc dems wanted to cut defence spendingLocal News
- Estonian firm presents unmanned military hybridEstonian news
- USA seeks ways to boost Baltic defenceEstonian newsThe swampy Baltic terrain, outdated international agreements, bottlenecks in transit roads and holes in defence capacity make it difficult to move military units here, lists the US defence ministry's journal Stars and Stripes in an article published last Friday, citing reasons for updating the Baltic defence strategy.
- Editorial: the end of a blunder. Kremlin gets no MistralsOpinion
- Mihkelson finds fault with NATO communicationLocal News
- Defenders of Estonia to be paid betterLocal News
- Jarmo Mäkelä: secret defence policy deal sealed between Finnish partiesOpinion
- Editorial: Finland changing courseOpinionToday’s Postimees features an opinion article by Finnish journalist Jarmo Mäkelä casting some light on changes weighty in the context of the fast-approaching general elections in Finland, yet unnoticed by the public. Turns out, a greater than expected agreement has emerged among leading Finnish politicians regarding defence policy – including the issue of drawing nearer to NATO.
- Editorial: the future army of EuropeOpinionThe idea of EU army by European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker on pages of German Die Welt was nothing new, really. From time to time, the topic has been debated. Even by Mr Juncker himself, the army was in general terms mentioned in opinion article published by Postimees, in May 2014: «The strongest of soft powers cannot for a longer period operate without defence capacities at least to a degree integrated. By Lisbon treaty, members states who so desire are awarded the option to unite their defence capacity into permanent cooperation structure.»
- Estonia achieves absolute radar coverageLocal News
- National defence better off without resounding election promisesLocal NewsWonderful with national defence raised to central issue in elections, says Commander of the Defence Forces Major-General Riho Terras. Even so, his advice would be to abstain from expensive and emotional spur-of-the-moment decisions in national defence as Estonian is not in war not even close to one.
- USA to pour $25m into Ämari Air BaseLocal News