Latvia's defense spending will hit 2% of GDP in 2018

Latvia's Defence Ministry was quick to point out October 10 that the budget submitted to Saeima will see the country's commitment to defense spending hitting the NATO recommended minimum of 2% of GDP, as previously planned.

Watch: U.S. cavalry in action in Latvia

The United States Army on October 4 posted a short film to its official YouTube channel showing its soldiers and those of allied NATO countries performing live-fire drills in Latvia as part of exercise 'Bayonet Shield'.

Tech team-up produces military identification app

Latvia's state mobile company, Latvijas Mobilais Telefons (LMT), together with the Defense Ministry and the Riga Technical University, has come up with a prototype app that allows identification of enemy troops and military equipment, LMT president Juris Binde told Latvian Television September 21.

Spot a 'little green man'? Tell the Security Police

With the start of the so-called 'active' phase of Russia and Belarus' ZAPAD military drills just across the Latvian border, the Security Police are reminding the public that they can report any suspicious activity involving potential little green men.

Rinkēvičs: we cannot rule out provocations

Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs said September 14 that while the ZAPAD military exercises being conducted just across the border by Russia and Belarus are not expected to turn into genuine military conflict, they could spawn other attempts to test NATO's resolve. 

Military issues mushroom alert

While international attention is focused on the threat posed by the ZAPAD 2017 military exercises being conducted by by Russia and Belarus along the borders of the Baltic states, Latvia's armed forces on September 9 identified a more imminent, clear and present danger to national security: mushroom pickers.

Belgian jets into Baltic action straight away

F-16 jets of the Belgian Air Force got an early scramble when they were called to conduct an intercept over the Baltic Sea within hours of taking over Baltic Air Policing duties in Ämari, Estonia on September 5.

Report reveals Baltic 'bot' barrage

The NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence in Riga (STRATCOMCOE) has produced a report suggesting a large amount of social media traffic in the Baltic states, in both Russian and English, is produced by automatically-operated accounts or 'bots'.

58 wartime explosives removed from Baltic Sea

The international mine clearance and ordnance disposal exercise Open Spirit 2017 has resulted in disposal of 58 explosive remnants of war found in the Baltic Sea, the Latvian Defense Ministry said.

NATO drills continue on land, at sea and in the air

While international media may be all a-flutter about the large ZAPAD military exercises being conducted by Russia and Belarus close to the borders of the Baltic states, Latvia continues to host other smaller but no less important NATO drills.

Soldiers' wages to be raised by €50

On August 29 the government decided to raise the wages of Latvian soldiers and officers by €50. They will be paid €520 a month starting October 1. 

Commander reflects on the art of war

When he's not planning a pincer movement or checking everyone has their berets on straight, there's nothing Latvia's Chief of Defense likes more than a nice bit of Abstract Expressionism.

Canada adds artillery battery to its Latvian forces

On August 13 additional soldiers and equipment of the Canadian military arrived at the port of Riga to join those already in place as part of NATO's 'enhanced Forward Presence' (eFP, sic) multinational battlegroup.

Latvian soldier receives posthumous U.S. honor

A street in the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Michigan, U.S., has been named after Sergeant Voldemars Ansevics, a Latvian soldier who died in the line of duty while participating in the international military operation in Afghanistan in 2009, according to, the military news portal of the Latvian Defense Ministry.

Defense Ministry wants new, official 'Soldiers' Day'

Latvia's Ministry of Defense is calling for the establishment of an official 'Soldiers' Day' on the national calendar in addition to the existing Lāčplēsis Day on November 11 when people traditionally remember military personnel.

Latvia invited to observe 'ZAPAD' exercises

The Latvian Defense Ministry has received an invitation from Belarus to send two military observers to ZAPAD 2017, a military exercise to be held jointly by Russia and Belarus in September this year, the ministry told the LETA news agency August 2.

'Digital battlefield' book available online

Latvia's Institute of International Affairs (LIIA) has helped produce a new book on the rising phenomenon of digital warfare and the use of robots, drones and other pieces of equipment in a military context.

Armed forces show off their Baltic bikini skills

July 24 sees the start of the 'Baltic bikini 2017' in Latvia, which despite its name is not a politically incorrect beauty pageant but drills involving military and civilian personnel in Liepāja on the west coast.

Latvia's Army turns 98

On July 10 the Latvian National Armed Forces (NBS) turns 98, closing in to a respectable hundred years of age.