Latvia added its voice February 21 to condemnation from the United States and United Kingdom of a massive cyber-attack that targeted Georgia on 28 October, 2019.
A new building for Latvia's intelligence service, the Constitution Protection Bureau (SAB) will be built next to the former Brasa Prison in Riga, at 1A Upes Street, the LETA news agency has learned.
European Union and NATO partner Luxembourg is to help Latvia reduce pollution and environmental damage at its military sites, the Defense Ministry said in a February 12 press release.
Latvian President Egils Levits has suggested supplementing the bill on Amendments to the Electronic Mass Media Law to include a stipulation that TV service providers must provide subscribers with TV programs distributed in Latvia as part of the basic program package, and if additional TV programs are included, then at least 80% of them should contain content originally created in a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) official language, according to the Chancery of the President of Latvia on February 11.
Latvian Defense Minister Artis Pabriks and Finnish Defense Minister Antti Kaikkonen signed a technical agreement on developing a common army mobility system based on the Finnish-made Patria 6x6 armored wheeled combat vehicle, according to both defense ministries on January 29.
Latvian and Finnish defense ministers hope to sign a technical agreement about the creation of a common armored vehicle system, and possibly later purchase, according to the Ministry of Defense on January 29.
Latvia's Defense Ministry unveiled a (hopefully not) eye-catching camouflage for military personnel January 28 at the opening of a new depot for the storage of military equipment in Rīga.
The Rīga-based NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence (STRATCOMCOE) has published the latest edition of its academic journal Defence Strategic Communications.
Defense Minister Artis Pabriks (Development/For!) told Latvian Radio on January 14 the Latvian government decided to extend the mandate for the National Armed forces to continue participation in the international operation in Iraq battling Daesh, and on January 15 he spoke on LTV’s morning broadcast “Rīta Panorāma” about the significance of the mission and Latvia’s participation.
The State Audit Office reported that more than 7 million euros were spent illegally during construction in the eastern border area with Russia, Auditor General Elita Krūmiņa announced in a press conference on January 8.
One of the US air bases in Iraq that suffered from an Iranian missile attack on the morning of January 8 also contained six Latvian soldiers, who were unharmed in the attack, Defense Ministry Representative Kaspars Galkins said on Latvian Television’s “Rīta Panorāma” broadcast the same morning.
Several celebratory events have been organized to celebrate the Latgale independence centenary by the Ministry of Defense (MOD) and National Armed Forces, including the National Guard 3rd Latgale brigade, in cooperation with municipal governments in Latgale, according to the Ministry on December 31.
The Latvian Ministry of Defense has signed an agreement with Latvian manufacturer UAV Factory to continue supplying and maintaining unmanned aerial vehicle systems, the ministry said December 23.
Six Latvian defense technology companies, will receive a total of 350,000 euros in grants from the Ministry of Defense for projects such as a virtual reality training simulator and the development of a secure communications system prototype, according to a ministry announcement on December 18.
Polish Air Force F-16 fighter aircraft and roughly 140 personnel are going to deploy to Ämari Air Base in Estonia to augment NATO’s Baltic Air Policing from January 2020, NATO announced December 16.
A Polish soldier in Latvia as part of NATO's defensive presence has died at the Ādaži military base near Rīga, Latvia's Defense Ministry said in an announcement December 15.
The Information Technology Security Incident Response Institution Cert.lv announced on Friday, December 13 that over the last few days several state institution employees and politicians have experienced targeted cyber attacks using phishing emails purporting to be from the Russian embassy, formatted as a reply to previous correspondence.
Latvian defense Minister Artis Pabriks said the NATO summit held 3-4 December in London "can be considered a success".
According to the Ministry of Defense, new research it has conducted shows that 80% of respondents to a survey believe that in the case of a national-scale threat they would be most concerned about knowing where to turn for information.
Defense officials have identified a person involved in leaking text messages which included restricted information, Defense Minister Artis Pabriks (Development/For!) said in an interview with the LETA news agency November 24.
November 14 saw the conclusion of the Joint Hod ops (Historical Ordnance Disposal Operation) exercise organized by NATO's 1st Standing Anti-Mine Squad and the Baltic Minesweeper Squadron (BALTRON) which began November 4.
In our current situation the media space is a national security issue and media services are crucial to national security, stated Ministry of Defense State Secretary Jānis Garisons on the LTV Direct Talk (Tieša runa) broadcast.
Latvian Radio has recently visited a Naval Forces patrol ship, and reported November 11 on spending a working day with one of the ship's crew. They found out what the objectives are for modern patrol ships, why recruits choose the sea, how the ship's cooks prepare food during storms and what soldiers think about civilian rescue operations.
When Latvia began realizing one its most ambitious army plans a few years ago – further mechanization of the Land Force Mechanized Infantry Brigade – at the same time it set another goal to involve more local suppliers in defense procurement contracts.
Latvian Institute of International Affairs researcher Sintija Broka highlights Latvian residents' fears related to migration and terrorism during the regional discussion cycle “How Safe Do You Feel in Europe?”.
From November 1-3 the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCG1) ships will dock in Liepāja, according to the Naval Forces Coast Guard Service. The SNMCMG1 group also includes the Latvian Naval Forces minesweeper M-06 “Tālivaldis”, commanded by Lieutenant Commander Deniss Jeļcovs.
The Latvian State Security Service (VDD) said October 16 it has developed a strategy for the prevention of terrorism financing for the years 2019-2021 which, among other things, will "improve the reputation of Latvia in the international financial markets."