U.S. agrees on 5-year defense 'roadmaps' with Baltic states

December 15 saw Dr. Celeste Wallander, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs at the U.S. Department of Defense host a triple signing ceremony for so-called "bilateral defense cooperation roadmaps" with officials from Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania at the Pentagon in Washington, DC. 

The Baltic states were represented by Tuuli Duneton, the Undersecretary for Defence Policy for the Republic of Estonia; Rolands Heniņš, the Undersecretary of State for Defence Policy for the Republic of Latvia; and Dr. Vaidotas Urbelis, the Defence Policy Director for the Republic of Lithuania.

"The defense cooperation roadmaps are intended to guide the collaborative relationships for defense and national security through 2028 as the nations work toward enhancing capability and interoperability between U.S. and the Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian armed forces," said a Department of Defense release.

"Additionally, the agreements convey the Secretary of Defense's intention to provide heel-to-toe persistent rotational presence of U.S. forces in each Baltic State."

"The roadmaps promote defense cooperation in integrated air and missile defense, maritime domain awareness, cyber, irregular warfare, participation in international military operations and exercises, infrastructure development, and training," the statement said.

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