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Re: CAN Enhanced (Permanent?) Fwd Presence in Latvia
« Reply #475 on: June 12, 2017, 14:58:46 »
Fact sheet from a logistician worth following on twitter, note armour:

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Cez Arysta
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.@NATO 📋 Quick fact sheet about #CAN-led 🇨🇦 #eFP #battlegroup which will be soon operating in #Adazi, #Latvia 🇱🇻 #BGLVA #WeAreNATO


https://twitter.com/cezarysta/status/873795475031437314

More on Spanish armour:

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Cez Arysta
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.@NATO #ESP 🇪🇸 vehicles, including #Leopard2E & #ASCOD #Pizarro arrived at #Riga 🇱🇻 in support of #eFP #battlegroup (pics: @Latvijas_armija)


https://twitter.com/cezarysta/status/873910043351162881

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Re: CAN Enhanced (Permanent?) Fwd Presence in Latvia
« Reply #476 on: June 16, 2017, 06:30:50 »
Aaaaand sure enough ...
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Russian-language propagandists are taking aim at Canada's military mission to Latvia by linking the troops to the army's most disgraced commander.

A website with the same name as a prominent Russian news program has re-published infamous photos of convicted killer Russell Williams wearing women's underwear, suggesting the Canadian army is full of homosexuals and shouldn't be counted on by Latvians.

Canadian commanders had been warned to expect a barrage of negative Russian propaganda over this mission.

The article appeared on a Russian-language news site called Vesti.lv, which is also the name of a TV news show in Russia.

The story mocks Canada's military mission in Latvia with the headline, "The Gay Battlegroup: NATO has dug into Latvia."

It goes on to say that the U.S. has the only worthwhile military in the Baltics and all the others — including Canada — are "deeply comical." ...
Here's the article in question in Russian -- Google English version below:
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The "Blue Division" of NATO has been entrenched in Latvia. Waiting for reinforcements

Pogano in this story the following: having brought in my Latvia any rusty armored junk and the officers who are not able to manage with spirits, any overseas bosses can suddenly decide that it is time to check once again the strength of the Russian army, - considers the Latvian publicist Yuri Alekseev .

" Spanish tanks arrived in Latvia, and with them - 300 Spaniards . This is NATO's intention to protect our country from the bloodthirsty Putin, "writes Latvian publicist Yuri Alekseev on the portal Imhoclub .

" And the NATO commanders told that the Spanish tankmen" on the eastern flank of NATO in the immediate vicinity of Russian borders "will be reinforced by the Poles, Italians, Slovenes and Albanians. Command them will be Canadian officers. And the sky over my god-rescued country will be patrolled in turn by Danish and Dutch fighters ...

Canadian colonels ... Spanish tankmen ... Italian marines ... Polish motorized cavalry ... Dutch airplanes (in half with Danish) ... Slovenian navy ... And cherry on the cake - Albanian strategic missile forces. I have not forgotten anyone? Nothing mixed up? Lord, forgive me!

But seriously, this clowning personally began to irritate me. Not funny.

In the whole circus called "NATO" there is only one more or less efficient army - the United States. And then, when they are opposed by the enemy, who has been behind the armament for half a century, or better - for the century. All other "troops" (Canadian, Slovenian, Albanian, Latvian, Estonian) are amusing. Deeply amusing.

Just recently, these soldiers were carrying a fuel tank across Latvia, collided with their own military police car (one of them did not give way) and overturned (two military men in the hospital) ... In Estonia NATO BTR flew out of the road and into something (Two in the hospital), the NATO signalers hooked up the high-voltage line with the antenna (two more - in the hospital) ... And the worst thing: the NATO officer warmed up the dinner on the spirit lamp - set fire to his pants (I'm afraid he was there) ... Wars Not yet, but the losses are huge (as a percentage of the number of troops).

Let's approach the question from the other side: who goes to the army in modern Europe? Have you seen that young (European)? I see her regularly. A pampered herbivorous generation. At the age of 20 already with pusses and beards.

If you see a slender, "fitnesovogo" youth - then 99% of the probability that - gay. Gay people are watching their body ...

So who goes there in the army? Those who could not even get a job as a sales manager in this life. I did not have the intelligence. Why do they join the army? Fight? To shed blood for the Motherland? Excuse me, but for what "homeland" did the Spanish tankmen come to Latvia to shed their blood? Or Canadian officers. For WHAT did they intend to fight? With what slogan will they go into battle? "For the Motherland, for NATO?" "For the Motherland, for the European Union?" It's funny ...

And I'll tell you: these boys, who have gathered from countries that have never won a single war in their entire history, just went to serve in the army in order to earn some money and get benefits (insurance, service pensions, etc.) . And anyway, the beautiful shape is cool ... Do they want war? God forbid! They and in peacetime, their perineum scorch regularly.

They sent them now on a business trip to Latvia-Estonia-Lithuania-yes, it's bad (in Spain it's warmer). The hardships and deprivations of military service are harsh! But business trips are dripping, and Latvians with Estonians and Lithuanians are pretty, in the evenings you can frolic with them. And you can get a local patsan from the muzzle. What, too, brightens the harsh military everyday life ...

Pogano in this story the following: having brought in my Latvia any rusty armored junk and the officers who are not able to manage with spirits, any overseas bosses can suddenly decide that it is time to check once again the strength of the Russian army.

Do you think it's incredible? And 9 years ago a Georgian dzhigit has already tried it. And I do not believe that he did it on his own initiative, without getting orders from across the ocean. And he also had a ******* army of jigits, who had been trained by "experienced NATO instructors" for many years. Mind and military skill they did not add to the jigits, but they inspired the conviction that Russians can be defeated.

Everything ended badly. Not in the sense that self-assured dzhigits got on brains quickly and rigidly (it just was them - it is useful). And the fact that a lot of ammunition produced on both sides fell on the heads of a peaceful, absolutely unaffected population.

And I, as a representative of the civilian population of Latvia, are not at all pleased with the prospect of becoming a target for someone's ammunition. Hot Spanish tankers and Canadian colonels (who arrived to us a few days ago) in the event of war will crumble to their Spain and Canada, and we will be left to bury women and children ...

Therefore, I think that I will not be mistaken if I try to formulate the general opinion of the majority of the inhabitants of Latvia: but you would not go, Spanish tankmen, with your tanks back to your Spain. Drink your wine there, eat the jamon, and it will become quite boring - shoot from the tanks in your Catalans or Basques. You do not need us here at all. Adyos, amigos!

PS And the Spaniards with their tanks are not the first time here. There was such a Spanish volunteer "Blue Division" in the Wehrmacht, which fought with the USSR in the Second World War. In the siege of Leningrad, she participated ... For her it was very badly over.

PPS On the photo above - the color of the Canadian officers - the commander of the largest air force base. On the right - in the service, on the left - in social networks. A real colonel! The truth is Canadian ... "

Author: Yuri Alekseev, source: Imhoclub
And before discounting this as "just some crap web page," keep in mind people smarter than me out there say Russian-language speakers in Latvia consume very little Latvian- or English-language media, meaning what they see/hear/read may be pretty much all they know about the Canadian mission.
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Re: CAN Enhanced (Permanent?) Fwd Presence in Latvia
« Reply #478 on: July 15, 2017, 06:40:56 »
This from Alicia Wanless, (strategic comms practitioner), via CBC.ca, shared under the Fair Dealing provisions of the Copyright Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-42) ...
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As Canadian troops begin their mission in Latvia — a deterrence operation, intended to send a strong message to Russia about interfering in neighbouring NATO member countries — an invisible battle for hearts and minds will be happening back at home.

The goal: destroy public support for the mission in Canada.

Russia isn't likely to engage in conventional warfare anytime soon, but it does have a number of information warfare tools it can use to test NATO's resolve and capabilities without sparking a broader conflict.

Many of us have already heard about these tools taking the form of fake news, online trolls, data leaks and targeted digital surveillance of troops and their families back home. But that's just the tip of the iceberg.

Participatory propaganda

The real power in modern information warfare is what I call "participatory propaganda," in which a propagandist seeks to influence unsuspecting people in order to get them to actively start spreading a certain message, for free, without them even knowing what's happening.

In this Russian example, not only would it sow ill-will toward Canadian troops among Latvian hosts, but it will also aim to delegitimize the mission in the eyes of Canadians at home.   

Here's how this works. Propagandists can already access a wealth of information about a target audience based on its public online activities. In a country with high internet usage such as Canada, propagandists can piece together a startling amount of intelligence based on what websites people visit, their online shopping habits, the things they like on Facebook, their sources of information and the friends they keep, all of which is largely gleaned through third-party tracking cookies and other service providers.

That information can, in turn, be used to create inflammatory content that plays on identified biases in thinking and aims to provoke the viewer into action. This content can come in the form of fake news, memes and data "leaks," which will be pushed through the online communities Canadians frequent: for example, far right and far left Facebook groups. 

Let's imagine, for example, that "Bill" from Manitoba has a bunch of friends who follow the Canada First Facebook page. One of those friends shares an article about Canada's minister of defence embellishing his role in Afghanistan. Now, Bill is very much a supporter of our troops, and the story angers Bill, so he posts an emoji reaction and comments on the post. Perhaps he shares it further and even likes the Facebook page.

When a more racist meme about the minister comes out next, Bill might be primed to engage. Over time, this exposure makes him more receptive to such messages and erodes his faith in the minister's decision-making abilities, all of which makes Bill — and other members of the page — ripe for propaganda delegitimizing the NATO mission in Latvia.

Russian propagandists need not start or run these pages, but simply inject content onto them. To the audiences engaging with it, this content will seem to be coming from other concerned Canadians running Facebook pages. And as Canadians are increasingly exposed to this "information," they will be encouraged to actively spread and share these messages to their networks, co-opting unsuspecting users into participating as propagandists too.

Ultimately, this flurry of activity will gain the attention of mainstream media, which will only provide more exposure for these propaganda efforts. 

What's more, these channels don't simply disappear after a conflict has ended, but are instead repurposed time and time again to influence decision-making on other key issues. In the UK, for example, many Facebook pages and web networks established for Brexit were kept alive after the vote and subsequently used to galvanize support for the right during the recent general election.

An evolving threat

While governments and politicians might be the ultimate power behind such propaganda campaigns, there is an underworld marketplace with trolls-for-hire that help make such efforts possible. In short, this is an evolving threat that, to tackle, requires a combined skill set of countering modern propaganda, advanced understanding of information communication technologies, behavioural psychology and more.

The Canadian Armed Forces certainly have a challenging task before them. The recently released Liberal defence policy acknowledges pressing needs in the cyber and information operations domains for the future, but that support is sorely needed now.

Russia has long questioned NATO's necessity in a post-Soviet era, and NATO, in turn, has struggled to create a narrative that resonates among all its member states. Justifying a mission both to Latvians and Canadians back at home — especially in the face of increasingly complex propaganda models — is a much more difficult task.
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Re: CAN Enhanced (Permanent?) Fwd Presence in Latvia
« Reply #479 on: July 15, 2017, 07:59:22 »
And this came down Thursday on the regimental net.

Deployment of a 1RCHA M777 Battery to Latvia   

The Chief of Defence Staff has directed the deployment of a M777 Battery from the Canadian Army in support of the Enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group (eFP BG), specifically for bi-lateral training with U.S. units in September 2017, and Exercise SILVER ARROW, occurring in October 2017. 1 RCHA has been tasked to generate a 4 gun M777 Bty. Equipment will be shipped from Canada in late July and our soldiers will deploy under command of BC Z Bty, Maj Keith Woodill in Late Aug or Early Sep. Maj Woodill's Tac HQ along with FSCC and one FOO Party are already in Latvia and providing Fire support advice and coordination to the 1 PPCLI eFP BG. The 1 PPCLI eFP BG is comprised of approx. 450 Canadians and soldiers from Albania, Italy, Poland Slovenia and Spain.

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Re: CAN Enhanced (Permanent?) Fwd Presence in Latvia
« Reply #480 on: July 18, 2017, 18:12:29 »
Now maybe im crazy but Old sweat is that info in public domain right now or should it be deleted as OPSEC?
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Re: CAN Enhanced (Permanent?) Fwd Presence in Latvia
« Reply #481 on: July 18, 2017, 20:08:11 »
its public

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Re: CAN Enhanced (Permanent?) Fwd Presence in Latvia
« Reply #482 on: August 07, 2017, 16:04:08 »
Interesting graphic at a tweet--other than tanks French seem to get a lot of equipment bang for their bucks:
https://twitter.com/cezarysta/status/871440681910272003



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« Last Edit: August 07, 2017, 16:07:41 by MarkOttawa »
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Re: CAN Enhanced (Permanent?) Fwd Presence in Latvia
« Reply #483 on: August 07, 2017, 16:31:43 »
Graphic above appears in this piece:

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Europe Reckons With Its Depleted Armies
As European NATO members confront rampant materiel shortages, officials acknowledge Trump has a point in calling for more military spending
https://www.wsj.com/articles/europe-reckons-with-its-depleted-armies-1496444305

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