Ministry of Defense

Ordina Headquarters
Sep 29 '14 09:26

An reserve officer of the Netherlands military intelligence service reportedly spread confidential material to his civilian employer, ICT company Ordina, from Uruzgan province in Afghanistan in 2009. Television program Zembla reports this on the basis of e-mails obtained.

Soldier
Sep 25 '14 11:46

The Netherlands Ministry of Defense has advised soldiers not to take public transport while in uniform. This warning comes after Netherlands intelligence services discovered a video in which a Dutch jihadi calls for a "heavy act" to be performed against the Dutch government.

Chinook
Sep 17 '14 09:30

Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert of Defense warns Parliament that the modernization of some of the Ministry's military helicopters will be more expensive than previously thought, Elsevier reports.

Aug 25 '14 15:05

Residents in the Zuid-Holland province reported being startled by a loud blast Monday morning that turned out to be a sonic boom. The sound has been traced to an F16 fighter jet, which at 11 a.m. flew through the sound barrier.

Aug 21 '14 13:38

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.

Frans Timmermans
Aug 11 '14 10:00

The Ministry of Defense may take part in the strategic transport of goods for North Iraq, according to De Telegraaf. The paper writes that the Ministry is currently measuring the possibility of this, which may be restricted by the European connection via the European Air Transport Command.

C170
Jul 23 '14 13:45

All scheduled takeoffs and departures at the Eindhoven Airport have been cancelled from 3:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, the airport said in a statement. The airport’s civilian air traffic closure was ordered by the Netherlands Ministry of Defence.

F-35
Jul 4 '14 13:30

The Ministry of Defence has decided that all F-35 fighter jets from the United States of America are to remain grounded for now due to an incident on the 23rd of June, in which one jet caught fire trying to take off. The Joint Strike Fighter unit (JSF/F-35) includes two Dutch aircrafts, which are also grounded. According to the Ministry of Defense, this is standard procedure.

Army training
Jun 12 '14 11:45

A complete Dutch military unit is combining with a German army unit to come under German command for the first time in history. The 'orange-white' unit will be used by NATO as a quickly-deployable unit all over the globe.

internet security
May 21 '14 14:58

The Cyber Defense Expertise Center officially opened today. Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Mart de Kruif officiated the ceremonies on the Bernhard barracks in Amersfoort. This opening is the first step towards the Cyber Defense Commando, which still has to be created.

Kamp Castor
May 8 '14 10:45

Four missile strikes were reported not far from a Dutch military camp in Mali, forcing soldiers living in the camp to stay in safe havens for more than an hour as a precautionary measure, the Telegraaf reports.

Srebrenica
Apr 3 '14 08:04

The cabinet will announce next week how much compensation will be offered to the surviving families of three Bosniaks (muslim men) who were sent away from their base Dutchbat in the Bosnian Srebrenica by Dutch militaries in 1995, the ministry of Defense announces.

Mar 4 '14 08:10

Last month, several ministries and the police were warned about journalist Brenno de Winter who was suspected of wanting to infiltrate government computer systems via malware and phishing, the NOS reports.

Feb 10 '14 10:52

The impending debate in the House of Parliament over spying will see the biggest lawyers in military criminal law demanding the secret service MIVD for clarity about illegal phone taps.

Jan 29 '14 13:11

A 46-year old man was held by police yesterday in Koningsbosch. The man is being held on charges of car- and cargo theft as well as laundering, and handling stolen goods.

Nov 7 '13 14:20

The Labour Party said it supports the government’s decision to purchase 37 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters (JSF), Nos television reports Wednesday.

Sep 26 '13 04:24

The ministry of Defense is intended to sell 15 F16 jet fighters and 52 Maverick rockets to Jordan. Both parties have agreed upon this, wrote minister Jeanine Hennis to the House.

The signing of the contract will probably done next month. Included in the sales will also be training of the maintenance and use of the jet fighters. The actual delivery will take place around the end of 2015.

The sale was judged on several criteria of the EU and passed the test. An important criterion is if it will have any consequences for the human rights in the receiving country.

Sep 20 '13 05:08

The bold decision of Minister Jeanine Hennis and the government to try to finalize the year-long discussions about the JSF, that is, choosing to purchase 37 JSFs, has caused turmoil in the Dutch society. 

Apr 18 '13 17:30

The police and justice are allowed to use unmanned airplanes to keep an eye on people, as long as they adhere to certain conditions. Jacob Kohnstamm, chairman of the Dutch college that protects personal details, College bescherming persoonsgegevens (CBP), said this on Thursday.

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