John covers U.S. military activities across Europe and Africa. Based in Stuttgart, Germany, he previously worked for newspapers in New Jersey, North Carolina and Maryland. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware.
A rare intrusion into Estonian airspace by a Russian Mi-8 attack helicopter has prompted the latest salvo of charges that Moscow is ratcheting up tensions in the Baltic region one week ahead of a major NATO security summit.
Kremlin threats of retaliation against NATO ally Lithuania for instituting a transit ban over the weekend that affects Russia’s exclave of Kaliningrad could have serious implications for several hundred US soldiers positioned in nearby northeastern Poland.
The US-led NATO alliance will adopt a plan to send more weaponry and combat units to its eastern flank, but the strategy appears to fall short of fulfilling some allies’ wishes for new installations filled with permanently based troops.
Lt. Gen. Michael Langley, a Marine with experience commanding American forces in Africa, has been recommended to serve as the next leader of U.S. Africa Command, The New York Times reported Friday. Langley, if confirmed, would be become the first Black four-star general in Marine Corps history.
Poland is prepared to construct new bases to host more NATO forces and other countries along the alliance’s eastern flank ought to follow suit, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told security leaders gathered in Warsaw.
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