NATO Land Command Fully Operational, Says Commander

Lt. Gen. John W. Nicholson, commander of the NATO Allied Land Command, reports to NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe Gen. Phillip Breedlove that LANDCOM is at fully operational, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Dec. 10, 2014. Michael Darnell/Stars and Stripes

GRAFENWÖHR, Germany — NATO’s Allied Land Command has finally reached full operational capacity, LANDCOM commander Lt. Gen. John Nicholson said at the close on Wednesday of NATO’s largest training exercise since the end of the Cold War. One aim of the exercise, Trident Lance, was to test how well a fully operational LANDCOM — which is charged wi... more

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen Bids Farewell

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen bid farewell to NATO members and NATO staff as he prepares to step down Tuesday. At a ceremony in Brussels on Friday to mark the end of his five-year term, Fogh Rasmussen acknowledged the soldiers who comprise NATO forces as "the backbone of our Alliance" and laid a wreath in honor of those who paid ... more

NATO Signals No New Members Right Now

merkel at nato meeting

BRUSSELS -- Faced with a newly aggressive Russia, NATO has been mulling how to react, but it is ruling out one option: rapid expansion.   Four would-be members, including the former Soviet republic of Georgia, have been informed that admission to NATO isn't in the cards anytime soon. For some, that means dashed hopes. Macedonia's foreign minis... more

Top General Predicts Longer International Presence in Afghanistan

Members of the 101st Airborne Division patrol the village of Kali Nasra in eastern Afghanistan with a group of U.S. Marines, Georgian soldiers, and Afghan National Army soldiers, Oct. 13, 2014. (US Army photo by Rich Stowell)

KABUL, Afghanistan ‑ As Afghan forces try to fend off attacks by resurgent militants, the top coalition commander has been meeting with NATO leaders to hammer out details of a plan that could keep thousands of international advisers in the country for years to come. "There is overwhelming support to do something" to continue to aid the Afghan s... more

NATO Researchers Test Underwater Drones in Norway

Crew members of the NATO research vessel NRV Alliance prepare to launch the first of two autonomous underwater vehicles in the North Sea off the coast of Norway on May 5, 2015. (Steven Beardsley/Stars and Stripes)

ABOARD THE NRV ALLIANCE IN THE NORTH SEA — At first glance it resembles a torpedo — a sleek metal cylinder with a propeller and what appears to be a dorsal fin. Yet the device lowered into the frigid waters off the western coast of Norway by the crew of this 3,200-ton research vessel is no weapon; it’s a robot, programmed to search for submarin... more

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