26 Feb '15, 5am

European concern over Russia not reflected in defense spending

European concern over Russia not reflected in defense spending

Related Germany's army used broomsticks instead of guns during NATO exercise The German army has faced a shortage of equipment for years, but the situation has recently become so precarious that some soldiers took matters into their own hands. On Tuesday, German broadcaster ARD revealed that German soldiers tried to hide the lack of arms by replacing heavy machine guns with broomsticks during a NATO exercise last year. NATO combat readiness to be put to test in 2015 At NATO’s Allied Land Command on Thursday, U.S. Army Lt. Gen. John Nicholson was overseeing what only a year ago could have been viewed as just a mundane classroom training exercise. Despite Islamic State beheadings, NATO has no plans for new intervention in Libya NATO expansion after Cold War at heart of crisis in Ukraine NATO to boost rapid-reaction force in response to growing threats Russia’s intervention i...

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