Ministry of Defense

Jan 20 '17 16:50

Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert thinks that the world would do better to judge new American president Donald Trump on his actions and not on his tweets. Trump's twitter activity "causes a lot of debate and headlines and I don't think the world benefits from it", she said, according to newspaper AD. 

Dutch soldiers
Jan 13 '17 09:00

Women, LGBT's and ethnic minorities often have negative experiences in the Dutch military because they differ from the white, heterosexual male norm, according to a report social and cultural planning office SCP published on Friday, NU.nl reports. 

Jan 4 '17 14:25

The Netherlands and Belgium are now working together to protect the Benelux air space. Luxembourg is also involved int he cooperation. Representatives of the three countries signed an agreement on this joint air space protection in December, NOS reports.

Dec 22 '16 14:00

A large number of parliamentarians are hesitating over extending the UN mission in Mali. They are concerned over a lack of air support to the Dutch troops there as there will be no access to fighting helicopters between March 1st and May 1st, the Volkskrant reports.

Dec 6 '16 10:31

Former Defense Minister Joris Voorhoeve is criticizing his distant successor Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert for saying that the Dutch mission in Srebrenica was a mission "that - already in advance - was impossible to do" in a speech on Veterans' Day. In a letter in the Volkskrant Voorhoeve writes that military leaders convinced the then Minister that the mission was feasible and therefore Hennis' statement is "evidently a mistake".

The Netherlands takes blackface to Africa - Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet visit Dutch soldiers on an UN mission in Mali, 5 Dec 2016
Dec 6 '16 09:00

Dutch soldiers on a United Nations mission in Mali got a visit from Sinterklaas and two Zwarte Piets in their traditional blackface makeup on Monday, according to a photo the Ministry of Defense posted on Twitter. 

Dutch architecture in Indonesia - Bank Indonesia in Medan
Dec 2 '16 10:09

The Dutch government is discussing a proposal for a major new investigation into violence used by Dutch in Indonesia in the late 40's. This follows the results of years of research by historian Remy Limpach that found that "systemic violence" was used in the former Dutch East Indies, RTL Nieuws reports.

NATO logo
Dec 2 '16 08:28

Toxic chromium-6 paint was found in the former NATO armory near Almelo. The work space has been closed down and specialized company Dolmans Calmiteeiten Diensten is working on cleaning the place, AD reports.

According to a Defense spokesperson, the decision to do a "deep cleaning" was made last year. The cleaning was scheduled for this month. In anticipation for that, the building was again checked over and traces of chromium 6 were found. According to the spokesperson, the level of chromium 6 found in the building is below the legal limits.

Cyber security
Nov 30 '16 16:25

The Ministry of Defense is launching its Defense Cyber Commando (DCC) team next year, the Ministry announced on Wednesday. The unit consists about 80 officers who will focus on protecting the Netherlands' own digital networks, but can also carry out offensive attacks, ANP reports.

These offensive attacks could include switching off computers and weapon systems, or altimeters for aircraft, according to the news wire.

Nov 21 '16 12:50

Tom Middendorp, Chief of Defense, feels he should have intervened earlier in cuts to the Defense budget, he said in an interview with NRC. He blames himself for the effects now suffered as a result of the massive budget cuts over the past years.

Nov 17 '16 14:50

At least 3 thousand Defense employees and former employees at sites in Eygelshoven and Brunssum are suing the Dutch government for exposing them to toxic chromium-6 paint while knowing that it is dangerous, lawyer Rob Bedaux announced on Wednesday, according to the Volkskrant.

Nov 17 '16 07:45

The Dutch Ministry of Defense will get more money in the coming years, no matter who wins the elections in March next year. Almost all parliamentary parties think there were to many cutbacks on the Defense budget in recent years, was revealed during the parliamentary debate on that budget on Wednesday, NOS reports. 

Hr. Ms. De Ruyter
Nov 15 '16 16:30

The wreks of cruisers Hr. Ms. De Royter and Hr. Ms. Java and a large part of Hr. Ms Kortenaer - serving as the war graves of over 900 Dutch soldiers and some 250 Indonesian soldiers off the coast of Indonesia - disappeared for unknown reason, Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis Plasschaert wrote to Dutch parliament, RTL Nieuws reports.

Nov 10 '16 16:00

Defense company Thales deals with over 100 thousand cyber attacs a dy on various fronts ranging from computers on their network to employees' personal phones, CEO Gerben Edelijn said to BNR.

Oct 19 '16 11:15

The Dutch Ministry of Defense hired sports instructors to teach Dutch soldiers yoga. The Ministry hopes that yoga will help soldiers to deal better with stress and trauma

Oct 19 '16 10:33

On Monday the police arrested a Defense employee suspected of leaking police information to motorcycle gang No Surrender

Oct 13 '16 12:55

The annual Dutch Air Force show on the Volkel base is cancelled for 2017 and 2018. The event costs the Ministry of Defense too much time and manpower. International missions depleted the availability of F-16's and helicopters and the financial resources are limited, future base commander Rob van den Heuvel said

Oct 12 '16 12:20

Minister Jeanine Hennis Plasschaert is strongly opposed to reinstating the military draft, she said in an interview with Het Parool on Wednesday. According to her it is a nice idea, but it is overpriced and inconsistent with a professional army that can cope with the increasing tensions in the world.

Oct 10 '16 10:34

The Dutch navy is on its way from Curacao to Haiti to offer aid in the aftermath of hurricane Matthew, the Ministry of Defense said on Monday. The Dutch will focus on the southwest of the island, which was hit particularly hard by the hurricane last week

Oct 6 '16 16:30

The Dutch central bank DNB is moving gold- and banknotes vault from Amsterdam to the Defense grounds in Zeist. About six billion euros in gold bars will be moved

Sep 27 '16 09:20

The Dutch military intelligence service MIVD shared information that could be used in so-called "targeted killings" by other countries. While the service complied to the rules in this, the rules are insufficient to remove the risks of the MIVD inadvertently contributing to the unlawful use of force, the CTIVD concludes in a report published on Monday

Sep 26 '16 09:58

More than 100 Dutchbat III veterans reported to claim compensation from the Dutch government. According to them, they were sent on an "already impossible mission" when they were ordered to protect the inhabitants of Bosnian enclave Srebrenica in 1995

Sep 16 '16 13:35

On Thursday the National Military Museum in Soesterberg received the first American to be planted on D-Day in 1944. The flag is on loan from collector Bert Kreuk, who bought it at an auction for 500 thousand dollars.

Sep 9 '16 08:14

The Dutch government is investing more money to help poor families, the elderly and partners of the chronically ill. The government is also pushing extra money into Defense, according to leaked Budget Day documents RTL Nieuws managed to get hold of.

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