The Pentagon last week announced a series of bilateral exercises in the Baltic region intended to reassure the region of “NATO’s resolve” in light of Russian aggression in Ukraine. The first exercise, Spring Storm, kicked off early last week between US Special Operations Forces and their Estonian counterparts, said Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren in a May 8 release. Despite promises from Russia’s President Vladimir Putin to pull back Russian forces from the Ukrainian border, there has been no change in Russian posture, added Warren. The other two exercises, Flaming Sword and Namejs, will be held in the next two months. In addition, US and Estonian special ops forces will join Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Finland, Norway, and Sweden in joint training exercises over the next two months to continue to strengthen the region against Russian threats and allow US forces to improve language and tactical skills with region allies.
The White House announced its United States Space Priorities Framework in a document released concurrently with Vice President Kamala Harris' first National Space Council meeting. Listed among five U.S. priorities is to “defend its national security interests from the growing scope and scale of space and counterspace threats.”