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June 30, 2022 | Local, Aerospace, Naval, Land, C4ISR, Security

L’OTAN adopte son nouveau concept stratégique

Ce mercredi 29 juin, les chefs d’État et de gouvernement des pays de l’OTAN, réunis en sommet à Madrid, ont approuvé le nouveau concept stratégique de l’OTAN. Ils sont convenus de procéder à une « adaptation fondamentale de la posture de dissuasion et de Défense de l’OTAN » et, d’augmenter à la fois les investissements de Défense et l’enveloppe des fonds communs OTAN. Ils ont résolu « d’accroître leur soutien à l’Ukraine et de l’inscrire dans la durée », selon le communiqué de l’Alliance. Les Etats-Unis ont annoncé de nouveaux renforts militaires américains en Europe, terrestres, maritimes et aériens. La Russie représente « la menace la plus importante et la plus directe » pour la sécurité de la coalition militaire occidentale, a déclaré le secrétaire général de l’OTAN, Jens Stoltenberg, à la suite des annonces américaines.


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    October 22, 2019 | Local, Aerospace

    Canada Refining Requirements for New UAV Fleet; Request for Proposals Expected Next Year

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    September 12, 2018 | Local, Naval


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    May 12, 2021 | Local, Naval

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