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  • Dutch surgical team rotations for US role 2 hospital in Iraq;

    https://www.defensie.nl/actueel/nieu...anse-hospitaal

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    • Are there any news regarding the future of the Dutch Armed Forces?
      Countries like Germany and Danmark are actively thinking about the composition of theire Armed Forces in 2025. Such ideas are either developed in te respeective MOD, like in the case of Germany or are published in form of a broader agreement between the various political parties, like in the case of Danmark and the defence agreement.
      Can we expect such a detailed policy summary from the Dutch politicians, or are changes to Armed Forces announced piece by piece?

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      • Originally posted by Navor View Post
        Are there any news regarding the future of the Dutch Armed Forces?
        Countries like Germany and Danmark are actively thinking about the composition of theire Armed Forces in 2025. Such ideas are either developed in te respeective MOD, like in the case of Germany or are published in form of a broader agreement between the various political parties, like in the case of Danmark and the defence agreement.
        Can we expect such a detailed policy summary from the Dutch politicians, or are changes to Armed Forces announced piece by piece?
        I don't think there is a publicly available whitepaper for that timeframe, Your best bet, at least in a material sense, would be looking at trends in recent defensienota's and procurement plans for the different branches. Some things are already visibly on the horizon, such as VOSS (networking especially), new subs, new frigates, new MCMs (navy's shooting kinda high ;P), F-35 and new tankers through international cooperation. I don't expect big changes in ambition or policy. Rather, now that The Hague seems to have realised the MoD is running on fumes, the inverse could happen and force and readiness levels improve again. Minister Bijleveld has indicated as much, and the recent publicising of problems with material readiness in the fleet and abuse in airmobile should hopefully have lit a fire under her and Visser's asses, lest they run into the same problems their predecessor did.

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        • Thanks RSone.
          I was wondering what might be in the pipeline for the Army or the Marines? I guess the force structure might be set for the next years,right? Or are the Dutch thinking to get a full tank capability back? Are there actually other big ticket aquisitions, like maybe add. armored Vehicles of any kind?

          Wiki only has intel about the programs for the Navy and Air Force, but Marines and Army seem to be left out at the moment?

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          • Originally posted by Navor View Post
            Thanks RSone.
            I was wondering what might be in the pipeline for the Army or the Marines? I guess the force structure might be set for the next years,right? Or are the Dutch thinking to get a full tank capability back? Are there actually other big ticket aquisitions, like maybe add. armored Vehicles of any kind?

            Wiki only has intel about the programs for the Navy and Air Force, but Marines and Army seem to be left out at the moment?
            IIRC some form of plan is supposed to be announced Q1 2018 (before summer I guess). At least that is what I seem to remember when some money was made available last year ahead of schedule because everything was in such a bad state that basic safety was at risk. Whether that is still true or whether most of that money already got spent on patching up the corpse ... I don't know.

            Navy and AF are the big spenders with loads of decaying equipment that needs to be replaced. The army is slightly better off and is replacing most of the trucks currently in service. Adding armored vehicles in any significant number would IMO mean adding battalions which is certainly not going to happen (unless they downsize existing units to create more). Adding more tanks might happen, but not to full capability. I can't really think of a system that needs to be replaced in the army. The marines are always the first to get deployed and the last to get funds allotted to do so. I'm not expecting much in that department.

            CV90, Boxer, PzH2000 and other vehicles are fine for use provided they finally buy enough spare parts to keep them going.

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            • Originally posted by Navor View Post
              Thanks RSone.
              I was wondering what might be in the pipeline for the Army or the Marines? I guess the force structure might be set for the next years,right? Or are the Dutch thinking to get a full tank capability back? Are there actually other big ticket aquisitions, like maybe add. armored Vehicles of any kind?

              Wiki only has intel about the programs for the Navy and Air Force, but Marines and Army seem to be left out at the moment?
              RNLMC has relatively recently restructured (Marns batts are now integrated, notionally special operations capable Marine Combat Groups). Also keep in mind that the RNLMC is organisationally a part of the Navy, not a seperate branch. Army recently transitioned one brigade into 'light' status (though I suppose not entirely voluntarily :P), and as Mike said, after replacing the G-wagons and truck fleet, is probably not going to spend big money in the near future.The Army has always benefitted from a formal/informal 2-1-1 budget alotment versus the other branches, which means it has historically been in a better position to carry out big procurements. That said, it has suffered just as much from having to stretch exploitation budgets. Outside of the big ticket items all coming to fruition in the mid-to-late 2020s, the more immediate concern is creating breathing room for the MoD in terms of material and personnel readiness.

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              • Benelux QRA (BEL) intercept RF TU-160's off Wadden Sea

                https://www.defensie.nl/actueel/nieu...-bij-nederland

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                • Weekly review, 17-01-2018

                  https://www.defensie.nl/actueel/nieu...ensieoperaties

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                  • World Record for KMar Sgt diagnosed with MS: 100km indoor rowing now stands at 8hrs, 54mins and 50 sec

                    https://www.defensie.nl/actueel/nieu...ohan-van-etten

                    Outstanding!

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                    • Former Minister of Defence, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, joins up as Navy Reservist

                      https://www.ad.nl/binnenland/oud-def...rine~a0624e9d/

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                      • Weekly review, 24-01-2018

                        https://www.defensie.nl/actueel/nieu...ensieoperaties

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                        • Air force photographer nominated for 'silver camera'

                          https://www.defensie.nl/actueel/nieu...ilveren-camera

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                            • Gender equality at last!
                              Soon every 17 year old, including females, will receive a letter they have been registered for military service.

                              Today an adjustment to the law governing conscription in the Netherlands is expected to pass in parliament.
                              All references that read 'men' will be changed to read 'men and women'.
                              Currently this law is suspended since 1997 but conscription can be reinstated if need be.

                              Huzzah!!

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                              • It seems that for the first time in 351 years a female has been accepted for Marine Corps basic training.

                                Ever since 2017 it has been possible for women to apply for the Marine Corps. A few tried but did not pass the basic requirements.
                                In a statement made by MoD Bijleveld in parliament there is now one woman accepted for training. The MoD further stated there are no separate qualifications for women, everybody has to answer to the same standards.

                                https://www.rtlnieuws.nl/nederland/e...orps-mariniers
                                https://www.ad.nl/binnenland/voor-he...nier~aaff6f24/
                                https://www.rijnmond.nl/nieuws/16427...r-in-opleiding

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