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Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO) executes Baltic Operations 2020 (BALTOPS 20) from its newly functional Joint Operations Center (JOC).

Fully operational and mission-ready, STRIKFORNATO is commanding and controlling assigned forces from their new JOC inside their Headquarters for the first time.

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According to the Department of Defense (DoD), the contractor has been awarded a not-to-exceed $42,636,136 to previously awarded contract FA8208-07-C-0001 for secondary power logistics solution increment one.

This modification provides for the performance-based logistical support of ground carts, auxiliary power units, and secondary power for B-2 and C-130 weapon systems.

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NATO Allies and partners, together with representatives of the donors’ community, reaffirmed their long-term commitment to continue supporting the financial sustainment of the Afghan security forces, at the plenary meeting of the Afghan National Army (ANA) Trust Fund Board, today (Tuesday, 2 May 2017).

Participants discussed the Trust Fund’s achievements in 2016 and 2017, the plans for 2018, the coordination with the donor community in Afghanistan, and the implementation of auditing arrangements.

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This article examines the relation between NATO member states and the deployment of private military and security companies (PMSCs) in NATO missions. The phenomenon of PMSCs and the deployment of PMSCs has been extensively researched. The deployment of PMSCs by NATO member states in NATO missions has not been researched as much.

The article provides three hypothesis to test whether the deployment of PMSCs by NATO member states should be increased. The ISAF NATO mission is analysed using an regulatory case study, in order to provide an answer to the question why NATO member states deploy PMSCs in NATO missions. Over the course of the ISAF mission, the quality and quantity of deployed PMSCs varied, making it debatable whether the deployment of PMSCs in NATO mission was beneficial.

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What Bosnia can tell us about Iraq

Post Date: February 25, 2016 | Category: Around the World

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Like in the Balkans, the U.S. should get Iraq’s warring sides to the table at all costs. 

In the fall of 1995 Bosnia was on the edge, forced into a ceasefire after 3 years of some of the most vicious and inhumane sectarian warfare in history. Hatred between the Bosniaks, Serbs and Croats exceeded anything we’ve seen in Iraq or Afghanistan. United States officials warned Congress that any peace mission would likely cost thousands of American lives. Yet NATO’s stability operation in Bosnia succeeded. It ended the war, sustained long-term stability and did so with no casualties and a steady reduction in military forces.

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NATO Foreign Ministers decided on (13 May 2015) that the Alliance will maintain a presence in Afghanistan after the end of its current mission Resolute Support.
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"Today, we took a major decision which shows that we stay committed to Afghanistan. We agreed that we will maintain a presence in Afghanistan, even after the end of our current mission, Resolute Support, " NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at the end of a meeting of Foreign Ministers of NATO and partner countries contributing to the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission (RSM) in Antalya, Turkey.

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KABUL, AFGHANISTAN — An Afghan-international security force detained several suspected militants in northern Kandahar province Wednesday while pursuing a senior Taliban commander.

A newly established NATO command was activated in Camp Eggers in Kabul, as the Combined Security Transition Command -Afghanistan merged with the new NATO Training Mission - Afghanistan to create a unified command for the training of the Security Forces in Afghanistan.

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KABUL, Afghanistan — The U.S. – Afghanistan Security and Defense Cooperation Agreement, also known as the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA), and the Agreement between NATO and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on the Status of NATO Forces and NATO Personnel Conducting Mutually Agreed NATO-led Activities in Afghanistan, also known as the NATO SOFA, are scheduled to enter into force on January 1, 2015.

Few changes will impact US/NATO forces, US/NATO civilian component, and NATO personnel.

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NATO mission in Afghanistan unlikely to change

Post Date: December 16, 2014 | Category: The Danger Zone

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KABUL, Afghanistan — President Barack Obama declared this week that the U.S. military has reached a “turning point,” but when NATO’s military coalition begins a new mission in Afghanistan at the end of the month, little is likely to change for the thousands of troops whose deployment extends into next year.

NATO’s International Security Assistance Force — and the U.S. government — have emphasized that the transition from ISAF to Operation Resolute Support marks the end of international troops’ combat mission in Afghanistan, as the new mission is focused primarily on training and advising. But defining the difference between the two missions may be largely semantics.

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WASHINGTON The Obama administration plans to keep hundreds of extra troops in Afghanistan on a temporary basis next year, above the force of 9,800 that President Barack Obama had previously announced for 2015, in another sign of the challenges the United States faces as it extricates itself from a 13-year war.

U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss military planning, said the Obama administration was continuing its discussions with allied nations about how many troops NATO countries would be able to contribute to a training mission in Afghanistan, set to begin on Jan. 1 when the alliance’s long combat mission ends.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Defense Department will likely continue asking Congress for war funding separate from the Pentagon’s base budget accounts and not subject to federal spending caps even if all American troops leave Afghanistan by the end of the year, experts say.

The Pentagon will submit a $496 billion 2015 budget request to Congress this month, a spending plan that does not include money for operations in Afghanistan. The war-funding measure, know as overseas contingency operations (OCO), is being delayed because the Afghan government has not approved a security agreement that would allow NATO troops to remain in the country beyond the end of the year.

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On September 30, 2014, the new government of Afghanistan signed the now nearly year old Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States. The agreement will become effective on January 1, 2015 and, thus, permit continued US support of Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF). The BSA also provides needed clarity on lingering issues for contractors, and, at the same time, creates potential new issues. This advisory highlights some of the more important provisions and their potential implications for US Department of Defense (DoD) contractors working in Afghanistan

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KABUL, AFGHANISTAN — The International Security Assistance Force welcomes the signing of both the Bilateral Security Agreement and the NATO Status of Forces Agreement. These agreements provide the legal framework for the United States, NATO, and its partner nations continued commitment to train, advise, and assist Afghan National Security Forces.

U.S. Army Gen. John F. Campbell“With the BSA and SOFA in place, we look forward to supporting the ANSF and Afghan security institutions with the NATO Resolute Support Mission,” said U.S. Army Gen. John F. Campbell, Commander ISAF and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan. “These agreements are a clear sign of our commitment to supporting security and stability in Afghanistan.”

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NATO Agrees Outlines of 2015 Afghanistan Mission

Post Date: August 16, 2013 | Category: The Danger Zone

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NATO defence ministers agreed on Wednesday the broad outlines of its next mission in Afghanistan after it completes a difficult withdrawal from its longest combat operation in 2014. "We have just endorsed the detailed concept of our non-combat mission in Afghanistan" to guide military planners as they prepare NATO's advice and training program, alliance head Anders Fogh Rasmussen said.

Rasmussen said "Resolute Support", will be based on a "limited regional approach", with operational centers in Kabul and around the country to train and advise some 350,000 Afghan government troops.

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IAP Worldwide Services, Inc. announced that its UK subsidiary, G3 Systems LTD, has won a NATO Support Agency (NSPA) contract for the facilities management of Camp Oqab, a base serving approximately 250 U.S. Air Force and Afghan personnel. The base is located within the boundary of the NATO base at Kandahar International Airport (KAIA).

Under the contract, G3 will be responsible for Facilities O&M, Pest control, Waste Management, Cleaning Services, and Power Generation. The contract is for one year with three option years and could be worth in excess of $5 million if the option years are exercised. There also is the prospect of additional work tasks during the span of the contract.

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