BHC Laboratory, an Estonian company won a European Defence Agency's bid to organise a strategic cyber security exercise.
BHC Laboratory, a company specialised in cyber security products and solutions, is the first Estonian company to win EDA bid.
The exercise will take place at the Portuguese National Defence Institute from 12-14 May 2014. It shall be a pilot exercise where European Defence Agency shall assess and shape the strategic decision-making process during a large-scale cyber conflict.
BHC Laboratory will prepare both the scenario of the exercise and also oversee the conduct of the exercise. Also the Estonian company will organize a pre-exercise theoretical course for the participants of the exercise.
Ingvar Pärnamäe, Undersecretary for Defence Investmnets of the Estonian MoD welcomed the fact that a methodology that is created and proven in Estonia can now be put in use at the European level. “This demonstrates that not only the expertise of Estonian government agencies on cyber defence issues is in the forefront in Europe, but also the Estonian private sector have considerable products and solutions for the European market,” said Pärnamäe.
According to the 2013 Estonian Defence Industry Policy the Estonian MoD supports the creation and development of Estonian defence industry that would be competitive on the international markets, export-oriented and would be a reliable partner for the Estonian state during peace-, crisis- and war-time.
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"The crisis in Ukraine has established new requirements for our strategic leadership, internal security and military defence," stated the President, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, today at the National Defence Council. The Council discussed interim reports about the military crisis in Ukraine that has lasted for about two months by now, and drew conclusions for Estonian national defence.
The President, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, thanked the members of Estonian Defence Forces and their next of kin in Paldiski for defending Estonia's freedom and independence.
Today, at a charity dinner organised by the Carolin Illenzeer Foundation, the President, Toomas Hendrik Ilves stated that the activities of Russia in Ukraine have brought deterrence to the forefront for democratic countries.
Tartu, 22 April 2014 – Taavi Rõivas paid his first visit to Tartu as Prime Minister to meet with the Managment Board of the University of Tartu and the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration and discuss the future of higher education, as well as seek opportunities for closer cooperation between the universities and the state.The main topic at the meeting with the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration was the use of the research potential in governance with a goal to contribute to the increase in productivity.
“To raise the standard of living of the Estonians, we must create the prerequisites for the growth of productivity. The analytic capability of the economists is a resource that could be used even in a better way in the interest of this goal,” Rõivas said. “Willingness and interest in closer cooperation between the Government and the universities is present.”
Rõivas added that a good and logical platform for cooperation management is the Research and Development Council, where the issues of the cooperation between the state and the universities can be discussed more in depth.
Taavi Rõivas also participated in the opening of the Centre for Education Innovations of the University of Tartu. The goal of the Centre for Education Innovations, opened in the Old Anatomicum, is to improve the quality of teacher education and encourage people to engage in pedagogical studies.
“I am glad that the stately building that has served Estonian medical research and medics for nearly two hundred years receives a new academic task at an excellent technological level after several years of search,” Rõivas said. “It is up to the university to make learning process fascinating and this is exactly what the University of Tartu does.”
The presentation and recording equipment of the Centre for Education Innovations enables to carry out training sessions and study days on various topics both inside and outside of the university.
Additionally, Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas visited the construction site of the Estonian National Museum, the Southern Regional Rescue Centre, the Supreme Court, and industrial electronics company Enics while he was in Tartu.
Photos of the Tartu visit of Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas can be seen at: http://valitsus.ee/et/uudised/pildialbum#2626-1
The President, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, sent a letter of condolences to Park Geun-hye, the President of South Korea, on the occasion of a maritime disaster that occurred last Wednesday, involving a ferry that capsized and sunk near the coast of South Korea. According to the information available, 64 people are confirmed dead and 238 are missing.
"The activities of the leaders of Russia involving the annexation of Crimea and supporting separatism in Ukraine will leave NATO with no choice – the alliance is set to increase its visibility and deterring presence in the territory of its eastern border allies," confirmed the President, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, who met today in Kadriorg with the Speaker of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, John Bercow.
"Russia's military activities in Ukraine, changing the borders of countries, justifying the occupation of Crimea with a fake referendum and applying continued pressure on rebuilding Ukraine as a state – this is how Russia itself is complicating its co-operation with Europe and the USA," stated President Toomas Hendrik Ilves at his meeting last night with John McCain and John Hoeven, influential senators from the United States of America.
The President, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, has joined the Salute Them charity campaign, which was launched today, by purchasing liver leaf badges for himself and his family from members of the Women's Home Defence to support the veterans of the Defence Forces and the Defence league and their next of kin.
Today, a week-long NATO Joint Force Command Brunssum-hosted conference, Baltic Spring, concluded. The conference focussed on regional security in the Baltic Sea area and took place in Tartu, Estonia.According to Commander JFC Brunssum, General Hans-Lothar Domröse, it´s important that his headquarters acts as a hub for bringing together all the Northern region headquarters to make necessary adjustments to existing threat assessments, especially in the wake of recent events in Europe.
“We have established a very good personal relationship to assess the situation together and form a common view on this. While the conference is regular in its nature, recent events do have an impact on our work,” General Domröse stressed.
“Our threat perception has changed and we have to evaluate whether current counter-measures are sufficient. Our job here is to formulate recommendations that can be passed to SHAPE and representatives of NATO member nations so that future capability decisions are the result of informed consideration,” Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans JFC Brunssum, Major General Hans van Griensven, added.
Baltic Spring is an annual conference that offers a venue for NATO commands, including SHAPE, Maritime, Air, Land, Special Forces command, STRIKEFORNATO, U.S. European Command (EUCOM) and Armed Forces´ representatives from Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and the Partner Nations Finland and Sweden, to discuss regional security issues, exchange views and raise situational awareness. The conference also aims at fostering interoperability between NATO and Baltic nations and provides a platform for sustained, long-term, and enduring NATO commitment to the Baltic region.
“The event is part of our regional focus, but it´s important to recognise that we are already doing several activities in the region, such as the JFC Brunssum certification exercise Steadfast Jazz last year, using an Article V scenario. That´s already an assurance that we are taking things seriously,” ACOS J5 at JFC Brunssum, Brigadier General Torgeir Gråtrud, commented.
During the academic session the attendees received overviews on Baltic history and NATO relations with the UN, Russia and the pretext Russian Federation used in the Crimea intervention. Dr. Brooke Windsor-Smith, a researcher at NATO Defence College, highlighted that President Putin´s recent actions are making collective defence more relevant to the Alliance than it has been in recent years. “It is very likely that collective defence will now become the main narrative of the upcoming NATO summit to be held in Wales,” he added.
“For the past ten years the focus of NATO has been abroad - the reason being that there was no significant nearby threat perceived so the Alliance adopted a more expeditionary outlook. Because of recent events in Crimea and the Ukraine we have to consider the Article V threat as a real possibility again,” Major General van Griensven added when talking about the Alliance´s future challenges.
This year Baltic Spring was organised for the fourth time. In the autumn, the respective commands and headquarters meet at the staff officer level to discuss the detailed issues of military cooperation.