Ministry of Defense

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Nov 4 '15 12:45

The Dutch Bar Association is concerned about the fact that the Ministry of Defense is recording calls between soldiers and their lawyers and that Defense departments other than the security agencies may be listening to the conversations.

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Oct 30 '15 17:00

Army reservists are very negative about the cutbacks to their training. “A non-trained reservist is useless. We are not hobbyists, our work is not optional.” an internal memo, in the hands of the Telegraaf, reads. Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert has said that she considers part-time soldiers' increasing importance to be unacceptable and that she can't do any further training from September.

Oct 13 '15 09:48

Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert of Defense has been named the most influential woman in the Netherlands in the Opzij Top 100 Most Influential Women 2015.

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Sep 21 '15 09:52

Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert expects that the government will soon make a decision on whether the Netherlands will extend its participation in the fight against Islamic State to Syria.

Sep 16 '15 08:55

The purchase of the Joint Strike Fighter jets may be more than half a billion euros more expensive than expected. According to the new estimates, the project will cost over 5.2 billion euros, 550 million euros more than the previous estimate. Higher sales tax adds another 75 million euros.

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Sep 15 '15 16:49

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".

Sep 11 '15 11:26

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.

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Sep 10 '15 10:58

A narrow majority in the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, has thrown its support behind the Netherlands extending its bombing attacks on Islamic States to also include Syria. At this stage the Netherlands is only participating in airstrikes against the terrorist organization in Iraq.

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Sep 4 '15 15:29

It seems that Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert misinformed the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, about protective measures taken in the 80's surrounding the use of the carcinogenic weapon cleaner PX-10

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Aug 21 '15 08:32

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.

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Aug 4 '15 11:52

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

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Jul 24 '15 09:26

General Tom Middendorp thinks that it would be logical that the Dutch F-16's not only fight ISIS over Iraq, but also over Syria. According to him, there is "little chance of a solution" if the terrorist organization is not also addressed in its "safe harbor".

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Jul 22 '15 14:36

Eindhoven Airport could increase it's flight movements - takeoffs and landings - from nearly 29 thousand to 43 thousand in 2020, former minister Hans Alders advised on Tuesday after speaking with those involved

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Jul 10 '15 14:33

The Public Prosecutor will prosecute four Defense officials and two police officers for corruption in the procurement of thousands of police- and army vehicles

Jun 29 '15 10:34

Pro-Russion separatists in eastern Ukraine have denied Dutch investigators access to Luhansk area, the Pubic Prosecutor announced on Saturday. The investigators needed to do technical research into cell towers and the telephone network in the area as part of the criminal investigation into the downing of flight MH17.

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Jun 26 '15 09:41

The Netherlands has reached an agreement on compensation with relatives in two Srebrenica cases. According to NOS, the compensation amounts to tens of thousands of euros.

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Jun 24 '15 09:57

More and more people who participated in military missions abroad register for welfare benefits due to all sorts of complaints.

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Jun 16 '15 12:00

A number of experts from the National Police and Defense launched a new mission in Eastern Ukraine on Tuesday. This investigation is aimed at gathering evidence in support or rejection of he different scenarios on what caused the disaster with flight MH17.

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Jun 9 '15 10:44

The police in Groningen are raiding multiple locations in the province as part of two ongoing investigations into cannabis cultivation. According to the police, these actions are "aimed at seizing cannabis, money, valuables and administration".

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Jun 1 '15 07:42

Two men entered the police station in Nieuwendijk with an explosive at around 8:00 p.m. on Saturday. The men had found the explosive and took it to the police station so that they could make it safe.

May 29 '15 08:37

Dutchbat never stood a chance in Srebrenica, because the Netherlands blocked the requested airstrike at the crucial moment, former Air Force officer Bart Wagenaar told the Telegraaf.

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May 27 '15 09:54

There is no evidence that Germany spied on the Netherlands at the request of the American secret Service NSA.

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May 22 '15 10:31

The Dutch marines intercepted a 6 thousand kilograms shipment of marijuana on the Caribbean Sea on Thursday morning. According to the Ministry of Defense, this is the largest catch ever.

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May 22 '15 09:07

The Netherlands wants to join forces with Belgium in the fight against terrorist organization Islamic State in a plan in which the countries will take turns with bombing raids over Iraq, Dutch newspaper AD reports.

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