The state of the Dutch armed forces is extremely worrying, according to advisory council on international affairs AIV in an advice report to the cabinet titled 'Russia and the Dutch defense efforts'. According to the report, the "employability of the armed forces was further undermined this government term" and if the policy is not changed, the basic readiness of the army will only be back in order in 2021, NU.nl reports.
Two thirds of Defense personnel have no confidence in the top military leadership, according to a survey of nearly 8,500 Defense employees by military unions AFMP, ACOM, VBM and KVMO. More than 84 percent say that Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert does not give them more confidence in the organization, the Telegraaf reports.
The Netherlands must work on diplomacy, defense and development in order to tackle the growing threat of cyber attacks from hostile countries and criminals, according to the International Cyber Strategy that Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs sent to Dutch parliament on Sunday. Koenders wants international law to be supplemented to suit the needs of the new digital world, the Telegraaf reports.
The SGP is focuessed on security and family in its campaign for the elections in March next year. The Christian party wants 4 billion euros extra for Defense, and 1 thousand euros for first time parents, NOS reports
According to the SGP, the world is rapidly becoming more dangerous and a "strong" army is needed to protect against it. "Security comes with a price tag and we have to pay it. Otherwise the price may well be too high." The party wants 5 thousand more police officers and neighborhood officers in villages nad neighborhoods.
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.
D66 leader Alexander Pechtold wants the next government to address inequality in society, he wrote in the foreword of his party's 232 page election program, which he presented on Friday. According to him, it is time to invest in "equal chances", NU.nl reports.
One of the Netherlands two Joint Strike Fighter jets will make a second attempt at flying a tour across the country, after last week's flight was cancelled due to bad weather. Should the skies remain un-cloudy, almost everyone in the Netherlands will have a chance to glimpse the replacement for the F-16's on Tuesday afternoon.
This week command of Eindhoven Airbase is transferring to Colonel Elanor Boekholt-O'Sullivan, the first time a woman will have command on an operational Dutch airbase
Two of the Netherlands' new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet's will arrive in the country in about a week for test flights and to be introduced to the Dutch public, Edwards Air Force Base of the U.S. Air Force announced on Monday.
The court in Amsterdam suspended the trial against Aydin C. until Monday to give the suspect time to find a lawyer. C. is standing trial for sexually abusing and extorting 34 girls via webcam. One of his victims was Canadian teen Amanda Todd.
Major General Dennis Luyt will be taking over as commander of the Air Force from Lieutenant General Sander Schnitger on June 10th, the Ministry of Defense announced on Tuesday.
Cybercrime costs the Dutch government and companies about 10 billion euros a year, according to an analysis done by Deloitte. The public sector and technology sector in particular are hit hard by cybercrime
The Dutch authorities simultaneously raided about 100 buildings in Brabant and Limburg on Monday morning in an ongoing investigation into a network trading in synthetic drugs and cannabis. So far about 50 people were arrested
The Dutch Ministry of Defense is considering buying four new submarines for at least 2.5 billion euros. But experts are concerned that the actual costs will easily reach around 4 billion euros, the Volkskrant reports.
D66 parliamentarian Wassila Hachchi resigned from the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, and is heading to the United States to campaign for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, the party announced on Wednesday
One of the five Satudarah members who are suspected in the murder of Rudi Schouten, worked as a soldier for Defense and the Marechaussee, military police, for years.
The Netherlands increased and strengthened border security in response to the terrorist attacks in Paris, France on Friday night. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced the move at a press conference following an emergency meeting of cabinet members.
A small contingency of Dutch soldiers were dispatched to Kunduz, Afghanistan, to advise that nation's army as it attempts a counter-offensive against the Taliban in the northern city. Speaking at the lower house of Parliament on Wednesday, Minister of Defense Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert emphasized that the Netherlands is not engaged in any fighting, but serving strictly as strategic counsel.
The Netherlands has signed on to provide training to the civilian and military leaders of UN missions in Africa. Both Africans and Europeans will be selected for the program, meant to better protect African civilians in conflict zones.
The Netherlands is emerging from the crisis stronger. Things are going better than expected, but still not good enough, according to Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem while presenting the Budget Memorandum to the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament. As per tradition, Dijsselbloem presented the Budget in the same briefcase his predecessor Lieftinck used to present the budget in 1946 after World War II. Dijsselbloem called the briefcase "a small symbol of recovery".
The Netherlands is back among the economic leaders in Europe, but we must stay sober. The better figures does not mean that everyone in the Netherlands is profiting. Unrest abroad also has consequences for the Netherlands. The Netherlands has to prepare for the arrival of more refugees. Keep track. The plan for next year is that employment, purchasing power and growth reach more people.
The Dutch government's defense expenditure decreased by 191 millions euro to 7.4 billion euros last year. Investments in new military weapons showed a particularly strong decrease. The biggest expenses - wages and social contributions - remained the same.
The coalition parties have extra money to spend due to a "relatively easy budget" this year. The VVD and PvdA each have 375 million euros to give away, and they will be pushing it mainly into healthcare and Defense.
The increasing number of conflict zones around Europe has the Dutch armed forces stretched to its limits, Tom Middendorp, Commander of the Armed Forces, said in an interview