Hungary, backed up by Spain and the United Kingdom, will take the lead in the next rotation of NATO's Baltic Air Policing mission, the alliance announced April 17.
U.S. defense think-tank the Rand Corporation has produced a new report titled Deterring Russian Aggression in the Baltic States.
April 8 sees the start of the latest military exercises to take place on Latvian territory.
The flags were flying across Latvia March 29 to mark the country's 15 years as a full member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
The Riga Municipal Police last week fined two U.S. soldiers €400 each for relieving themselves at the Freedom Monument.
Seven of 29 NATO countries, including the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, hit the alliance's defense spending target in 2018, AFP news agency reported.
To mark the 15th anniversary of Latvia’s NATO membership and the 70th anniversary of NATO, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia is inviting young adults aged 18 to 25 to apply for participation in what it calls the "NATO Summit Simulation Game."
The Defense Ministry is to cancel a tender for buying 4x4 vehicles worth about €200m, the ministry said March 8.
Lieutenant-Colonel Philippe Sauvé recently took over as top brass of NATO's enhanced forward presence in Latvia, thereby concluding the rotation of the third group of troops deployed in Latvia.
The National Armed Forces (NAF), in cooperation with other institutions, are investigating an incident in which helicopter pilots were blinded by what is suspected to be a laser device, reported Latvian Radio February 24.
Latvia's Defense Ministry said February 20 that bogus emails had been reported purporting to have been sent by Defense Minister Artis Pabriks but which were in fact fakes.
Thirteen UH-60 and HH-60 Black Hawk helicopters have arrived in Latvia, the Defense Ministry told the press February 8.
Latvia's Ministry of Defense issued a reminder January 31 to over 3,000 reserve soldiers, asking them to check their inboxes.
The National Security Committee (NDK) of the Latvian Saeima is still waiting for several of its members to obtain the necessary security clearance, LTV's De Facto investigative show reported January 27.
Attempts by certain parts of the domestic and foreign media to portray Latvia's centenary celebrations in a negative light had little effect, according to a new piece by LSM contributor Anna Ūdre for the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA)
Despite US forces' expected withdrawal from Syria and reduction of their mission in Afghanistan, Latvia's National Armed Forces will continue its mission in Iraq and Afghanistan where Latvian troops are training local armies, the Defense Ministry told LSM January 22.
Defense Ministry non-staff adviser Ģirts Kalniņš had lobbied on behalf of a South African company competing at a €200m tender by the National Armed Forces. Furthermore, when the tender had been issued, Kalniņš looked into ways of changing procedure, according to LTV's De Facto.
The Procurement Monitoring Bureau (IUB), Latvia's procurement watchdog, has banned the Defense Ministry from signing a €200m agreement on purchase of four-by-four armored vehicles with Finnish company Oy Sisu Auto Ab, according to the watchdog's website.
The new senior officer in charge of NATO's "enhanced forward presence" (eFP) battalion in Latvia said January 9 he is prepared to deal with the possibility of disinformation efforts trying to portray the mission in a negative light as he embarks on the latest six month rotation of forces.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has posted a short documentary film online following the progress of a Spanish Pizarro fighting vehicle and its crew during deployment to Latvia as part of the alliance's enhanced forward presence in the Baltic states.
January 9 will see a change in the top brass of NATO's enhanced forward presence in Latvia with Lieutenant-Colonel Philippe Sauvé taking over command from his Canadian compatriot Lieutenant-Colonel Steve MacBeth, thereby concluding the rotation of the third group of troops deployed in Latvia, Latvia's Defense Ministry reported.
The Polish Armed Forces have taken over the command of the NATO Baltic air policing mission on January 3.
Latvia’s professional armed forces plan to recruit up to 710 soldiers in 2019, the Defense Ministry’s press office said December 27.
A new publication from the Rīga-based NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence (STRATCOMCOE) takes an original look at the current problems plaguing social media with the dissemination of fake news, propaganda and straightforward lies.
Finnish company Oy Sisu Auto Ab (Sisu Auto) has been declared winner in a tender to supply armored vehicles to the Latvian National Armed Forces (NBS) for €200 million, but two other bidders have filed complaints, LETA learned.
The Polish Air Force is preparing to return to Šiauliai Air Base, Lithuania, leading NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission from January 2019 on, while Germany continues to be the augmenting nation flying out of Ämari Air Base, Estonia, NATO announced December 13.
The IT systems of Latvia's Interior Ministry have been affected by spyware, probably of Russian origin, reported LTV's De facto investigative news show November 25.
Between 26 November and 6 December, military exercises dubbed "Tomahawk patrolling" will be taking place in north-east Latvia, the Latvian Defense Ministry said November 23.