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Strategic air bases in Romania
Rick Rozoff, AntiBellum, May 22 2022

NATO, US CSELs visit Romania
USAF Europe, May 20 2022

Key command senior enlisted leaders (CSELs) from the USAF, NATO Allied Air Command and the Belgian Air Force toured several installations throughout Romania during a three-day visit to see first-hand the strategic impact the bases have on the overall mission of NATO, May 10-12 2022. Hosted by the Forţele Aeriene Române CSEL Plutonier Adjudant Daniel-Narcis Simpetru, the visit afforded his CSEL counterparts an opportunity to engage directly with Romanian Air Force leadership, visit deployed NATO members and see the multinational operational efforts of the NATO alliance. Simpetru’s counterparts include RAF Chief Warrant Officer Sara Catterall, NATO Allied Air Command; USAF Chief Master Sgt Benjamin Hedden, USAF Europe; and Belgian Air Force Adjutant-Major Luc Braeken. “Romania plays a large role in our strategic positioning and it’s great that we are here seeing first-hand how the NATO alliance is coming together to effectively accomplish the multinational operational efforts of the organization.” As part of the visit, the CSELs met with deployed members of the NATO alliance from the US, Italy, Belgium, France and the UK. In addition to visiting deployed members, the CSELs visited Boboc Air Base’s training school to meet with the Romanian Air Force’s newest command chiefs. Catterall said to the graduates during the visit: “ As a force, we value our enlisted members and it makes our militaries stronger. It makes NATO stronger. You are the future of our military, the future leaders, and the future of NATO. WE are NATO!”

Turkey applauds Azerbaijan naming street in conquered Karabakh after Ataturk
Rick Rozoff, AntiBellum, May 22 2022

Turkish ambassador to Azerbaijan expresses gratitude for naming a street in Shusha after Ataturk
Azeri Press Agency, May 22 2022

Turkish ambassador to Azerbaijan Cahit Bagci has expressed gratitude for naming a street in Shusha after Ataturk. Note that members of the Foreign Relations Committees of the Azerbaijani-Turkish-Georgian parliaments have visited the liberated territories and are currently in Shusha.

Poland to boost army to 300k
Rick Rozoff, AntiBellum, May 22 2022

Polish army will be boosted in response to Russia’s war on Ukraine: defence minister
Polskie Radio, May 21 2022

Poland’s defence minister on Saturday said that the Polish army would become “even bigger and stronger” than today, as he launched a campaign to promote voluntary basic military service to guard against the Russian threat. Mariusz Błaszczak told the gathering in Kraśnik: “We won’t allow such scenes to happen on Polish soil. We won’t allow it because our army is and will be even bigger. It is and will be even stronger. Our aim is to have a combined force of 300k, including 250k career soldiers and 50k territorial army soldiers.” In March, Poland enacted a new homeland defence law to modernise and expand the country’s armed forces into one of the strongest in NATO.

Besieged Georgian PM again rejects new Caucasus war
Rick Rozoff, AntiBellum, May 22 2022

Gov’t to continue “national, pragmatic and peaceful” policy to ensure reconciliation with Ossetians, Abkhazians – PM
Agenda.ge, May 22 2022

The Georgian Government “must be able” to ensure reconciliation with Ossetians and Abkhazians through a “national, pragmatic and peaceful” policy, Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili told reporters in the central Georgian city of Gori on Saturday. Speaking during his weekend tour of regions to inspect ongoing infrastructure projects, Garibashvili said the Government had inherited the Russian occupation of its South Ossetia and Abkhazia regions from the previous ruling party. He also highlighted the occupation had been “triggered by a senseless war and provocation that could have been avoided in 2008.” He added the Russian army’s last contingent had left Georgian territories by 2007, before the outbreak of the war a year later. The head of the Government stressed the war in 2008 had “completely destroyed trust” that “had been restored” between Georgians and Ossetians, pointing to citizens including “doctors, soldiers and policemen” being able to move “freely” in central Georgia’s now-occupied Tskhinvali region.

Ukraine Contact Group: war used to expand global NATO
Rick Rozoff, AntiBellum, May 22 2022

More nations expected to sign up for Pentagon’s Ukraine aid group
Defense News, May 20 2022

A group of international defense chiefs convened by Sec Def Austin to coordinate military aid for Ukraine is likely to expand when it meets for the second time on Monday. The Ukraine Contact Group, which included 40 member countries at the inaugural gathering at Ramstein Air Base in Germany on Apr 26, has since attracted more interest. British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace, co-organizer of the push, is expected to make an opening statement along with Austin and a Ukrainian delegate, according to a British official. At the last meeting, Germany agreed to provide 50 Cheetah air-defense vehicles to Ukraine. The vehicles are slated to be delivered in July, German broadcaster ZDF reported. The British government also agreed to provide Ukraine with anti-aircraft capabilities, along with Canada’s offer of eight armored vehicles. Austin will hold a call with Ukrainian defense minister Alexei Reznikov to discuss its military requirements in advance of the contact group meeting, Kirby said.

New-generation Turkish combat drones land in Azerbaijan
Rick Rozoff, AntiBellum, May 22 2022

Turkish combat drone Akıncı reaches Azerbaijan in unseen flight
Daily Sabah, May 22 2022

In a new milestone, Turkey’s most advanced and sophisticated drone has conducted an unprecedented flight that saw it departing from northwestern Turkey and landing in Azerbaijan. The Akıncı unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) will be put on display at Teknofest in Azerbaijan this week, marking the first edition abroad for one of the world’s biggest aviation, space and technology festivals. Two Akıncı drones took off from northwestern Tekirdağ’s Çorlu district on Saturday, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon hours, and traveled through Turkey and Georgia before they landed at Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Baku, the developer, Baykar, said. Covering a distance of around 2k km, the UCAVs thus completed a five-hour flight as they traveled through three countries, a first in Turkish aviation history.

Marking the most advanced and sophisticated drone built by the country, Akıncı was first delivered to the Turkish security forces in late August last year. The UCAV joined the company’s Bayraktar TB2, which has been widely used and sold to various countries including Ukraine, Qatar, Azerbaijan and Poland. Six Akıncı drones have entered the inventory so far and have been actively used by the Turkish Armed Forces. They had joined their first major operation ever last month as Turkey launched a military offensive against the PKK targets in northern Iraq.

Akıncı is longer and wider than the Bayraktar TB2 and can perform strategic tasks. It can carry various weaponry, including a range of missiles such as Smart Micro Munitions (MAM-L) developed by prominent Turkish contractor Roketsan. It can be equipped with the locally produced active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar and air-to-air missiles Gökdoğan (Merlin) and Bozdoğan (Peregrine). It is also able to launch several other types of locally made munitions, such as the Roketsan-built Stand-Off Missile, a long-range air-to-surface cruise missile that can hit targets up to 240 km away. Baykar says the Akıncı can attack targets both in the air and on the ground. It can also operate alongside fighter jets and fly higher and stay in the air longer than Turkey’s existing drones.

Akıncı, late last month, conducted the first live firing at a sea target in a test that saw it hit an aim using a TEBER MK-82 guidance kit. It was said to have hit the target after a Bayraktar TB2 performed the laser designation on the target. Akıncı reportedly dropped an MK-82 bomb from an altitude of 20k ft onto a floating target. Bayraktar TB2 earned worldwide fame following its deployment in conflicts in Syria, Libya and Karabakh. It has been sold to nearly 20 countries so far, with many other nations expressing interest in buying the drone. Its upgraded version is expected to perform its maiden flight this year. Currently, under development at the Baykar facilities, the Bayraktar TB3 will be able to take off and land at Turkey’s flagship-to-be amphibious assault ship TCG Anadolu.

Turkey expands military integration with Pakistan
Rick Rozoff, AntiBellum, May 22 2022

Turkish defense minister discusses defense cooperation with Pakistan’s army chief
Anadolu Agency, May 21 2022

Turkiye’s National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar on Saturday met Pakistan’s army chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa to discuss a string of issues relating to defense cooperation, and regional security. The meeting was held at the army headquarters in Pakistan’s northeastern garrison city of Rawalpindi. “During the meeting, matters of mutual interest including defense and security cooperation between both the countries and overall regional security situation were discussed,” the statement added. Akar also met his Pakistani counterpart Khawaja Asif in the capital Islamabad. According to a statement by the Turkish Defense Ministry, Akar “emphasized the importance of further increasing the military cooperation between the two countries.” Akar visited Pakistan in connection with the launch of PNS Badr, the third ship under the framework of Turkiye’s National Ship Project, held in the port city of Karachi on Friday.


  1. Rich
    Posted May 24, 2022 at 7:08 am | Permalink

    CSELs? Command Senior Enlisted Leaders.
    Nonsense akin to wiping out the meaning of leader and replacing the term with ‘leadership’ as in Senior Nurse Executives. As if no one would notice the emperor’s new clothes, i meant title, does not make them a doctor which they strive to to be. To lead doctors without striving, training, studying and practicing all the while leading, supervising and directing less trained, experienced people is just too hard a path to complete for certain aspiring leaders.
    As with Senior Enlisted Leaders in the U.S. military there is no equivalent, not even a false equivalency, to an Officer’s commission and unlike the enlisted oath under Title 10 does not make demand for loyalty to the officers appointed over them. The senior enlisted leader’s duty is serious and clear enough, the junior enlisted’s welfare and well-being, a super ombudsman of sorts. For these aspiring flag officers, admirals and generals there is a clearly defined path that just like nurses who want to lead doctors is just too damn hard, demanding and intimidating to contemplate. Not when pretending to be is too delicious a prospect

  2. niqnaq
    Posted May 24, 2022 at 7:30 am | Permalink

    interesting points, thanks for those.

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