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).
Jekabpils hosts May 4 military parade
May 4 will see the town of Jekabpils hosting the annual military parade in celebration of the 29th anniversary of the restoration of independence of the Republic of Latvia.
Latvia's security service releases annual report
Latvia's state security service, the Constitution Protection Bureau (SAB) has released its annual public overview of its activities in 2018, following the submission of its full report to the cabinet of ministers.
Young adults invited to play NATO "simulation game"
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."