Watch: Rīga Conference Day 2
October 11 and 12 see the return of the Rīga Conference, an annual geopolitical talking-shop in the Latvian capital involving several hundred participants from the fields of politics, defense, academia and the media.
Watch: Rīga Conference Day 1
October 11 and 12 see the return of the Rīga Conference, an annual geopolitical talking-shop in the Latvian capital involving several hundred participants from the fields of politics, defense, academia and the media.
Rīga Conference two days away
Friday 11 October sees the start of the annual Rīga Conference, an annual geopolitical talking-shop that takes place in the Latvian capital.
Busy end to September for NATO's Baltic Air Police
Last week was a busy one for NATO's Baltic Air Policing mision. Between September 23-29 NATO fighter aircraft carried out eight alert scrambles to identify and escort aircraft in the airspace over the Baltic Sea, according to information published by the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense.
Intense military traffic on Latvian roads through September 29
Starting September 25 through September 29 there'll be intense military motor traffic on some of Latvia's major roads, as part of the Sudraba bulta (Silver Arrow) military exercises, Sandris Gaugers, a Colonel of the National Armed Forces, told Latvian Radio.
Baltic air police intercept Russian bombers
Belgian pilots who recently took over patrols as part of NATO's Baltic air policing mission got an early test on 17 September 2019, when their F-16 fighter jets based at Šiauliai Air Base in Lithuania had their first scramble over the Baltic Sea.
Latvia grants refuge to Russian ship
Today, September 9, the Russian civilian fleet tug "Tur", was granted refuge in Latvian waters after finding itself unable to continue its journey through the Baltic Sea due to bad weather.
Levits now acquainted with potential military threats, says Pabriks
Defense Minister Artis Pabriks told LETA that President Egils Levits has been thoroughly informed about the situation within the National Armed Forces (NAF), the development plans of the armed forces, as well as potential military threats facing the country at a Military Council meeting.
Spanish navy training in Latvian waters
Extensive military training, during which NATO allies train to overcome joint security challenges, has in recent years become a common practice in Latvia, reported LSM's Latvian service on June 13. In the days before the Jāņi festival, the Baltic Sea has become the site of ambitious naval practice program “Baltops 2019”, which marks 47 years since its inception. As part of the program, the largest ship of the Spanish fleet, “Juan Carlos I” is floating in Latvian waters. The operation is a novel experience for Spanish troops, as this is the first time the training is taking place so far from home waters.
StratCom Dialogue and 'Moscow Rules' in Rīga
The annual Rīga Dialogue strategic communications conference winds up June 12, with another two days of academic, military and technological discussion having passed at the Latvian National Library.
Audit Office criticizes "toothless" state ICT policy
Despite costing the state 62 million euros per year in maintenance costs, since 2012 there has been "virtually no progress" in implementing the management policy of state-owned  Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure, the State Audit Office concluded in a report released June 10.
Drone threat set to rise
Drones - unmanned aerial vehicles - pose an increasing challenge to the security of critical infrastructure in Latvia, so the regulatory framework in this area needs to be improved, the State Security Service told the LETA newswire June 9.
Rīga STRATCOMCOE annual event coming up
NATO's Rīga-based Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence (STRATCOMCOE) stages its annual conference next week, though in fairness it is a bit more interesting and dynamic than most large-scale gatherings covering similar topics.
Endangered water plant abloom in the Ummis lake
In an effort to preserve a rare and endangered species of water plant named Dortmann's cardinalflower (Lobelia Dortmanna), swimming in the Ummis lake, situated in the nature park “Piejūra” in the Carnikava municipality, will be prohibited from June 1 to August 15, informed the Nature Protection Board (DAP).