The National Military Museum, designed by Rem Koolhaas, was opened by King William-Alexander on Thursday. The museum was erected in Soesterberg, Utrecht where the former Royal Netherlands Airbase stood since 1913. The museum unifies the collections of the Army Museum in Delft, which closed its doors for the last time two years ago, and the Military Aviation Museum.
A special Cyber Command has been established so that the Dutch army may now shut down opponents' computer networks using viruses.
Minister of Defense Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert has confirmed that no decision has been made regarding possible military action against the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq.
Minister Frans Timmermans has announced that The Netherlands will be prepared to offer heavy military equipment to America's fight against IS. Timmermans emphasizes that there needs to be a direct request for this from the Americans, as well as a concrete plan, de Volkskrant reports.
The Ministry of Defense has known for 15 years that their staff at border region posts have been exposed to the carcinogenic compound chromium 6 at military bases.
The Netherlands does not collaborate with illegal assassinations with drones. This is what Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert of Defense said Wednesday in a Parliamentary debate.
Today is a crucial day for Ronald Plasterk (PvdA, Internal Affairs). He has to explain himself in the House of Parliament for the collection of 1.8 million telephone details by Dutch information services.
Netherlands supports the German plan to give the larger countries a leading position within the NATO. Smaller countries can then, together with a coordinating bigger country, work out certain military projects or for instance buy a tanker aircraft together. Basically it is a new form of cooperation within the NATO.
The cooperation between the armies of Indonesia and the Netherlands will be reinforced. This week minister of Defense Jeanine Hennis, will visit Indonesia to sign an agreement on further cooperation.
Hennis visits Indonesia on invitation of her Indonesian colleague Purnomo Yusigiantoto. They will sign a agreement to intensify the dialogue between the Dutch and Indonesian forces and to tighten the relationship. Among others, cooperation on training and education will be common points of interest.
In the middle of the commotion about the budget for the coming year towards Budget Day, minister Jeanine Hennis of Defense released the plans for the future of Defense. One of the decisions of the government is to buy 37 JSFs.
Minister of Finance and Chairman of the Eurogroup, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, will sail along on Saturday at the Canal Parade. The Minister will be aboard the boat of the PvdA. The theme of the Labour boat this year, is asking attention for the position of Russian gay activists, announced the PvdA on Wednesday.
Dijsselbloem is accompanied on the boat by State Secretary Wilma Mansveld of Infrastructure and Environment, also PvdA. There are also several MPs among the 80 crew members of the Labour Party boat.
Advocates of gay rights of Turkish, Moroccan, Surinamese and Antillean communities will sail along on the boat of the government during Gay Pride. Minister Jet Bussemaker of Emancipation wants to show that it is also okay for minorities to be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.
Certain categories of merchant ships can hire their own security in the future for areas where pirates are active.
According to a report by NOS, the Ministry of Defense has a severe shortage of young soldiers. The current organization resembles, according to Minister Hennis-Plasschaert (Defense), an inverted pyramid too much, that is, there are many older but few young people.
In an interview with NOS Radio 1 News, the Minister said that she is aiming for a small top and a wide bottom. Therefore, Defense is trying to recruit mainly young people. The inflow is not yet how it should be, but according to the Minister, there is a slight increase.