Monday, October 16, 2017

Experts: Dutch Army Develops Far Too Slowly

Henk Geveke, Director of Defense and Safety of the TNO Technology Institute, is one of the most important advisors to the Dutch army.  He says that the Dutch army is still operating according to technologies of the past.  It will have to invest in current technological know-how to remain ahead of the enemy in future wars. He mentioned that laser weapons, munition from a 3-D printer and invisibility shields for ships are all under development in the world or close to realization.

https://www.telegraaf.nl/nieuws/811340/tno-krijgsmacht-ontwikkelt-zich-veel-te-traag

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Netherlands becomes increasingly a heroin producing country

The official prosecution in The Hague says that there is a trend of the Netherlands becoming a heroin producing country.  This is the result of more strict controls abroad.  Recently, nine suspects of a heroin drug ring from a Turkish family were arrested.  The Netherlands is also increasingly used as a base for heroin trade.  Earlier this year, six people were arrested as they were involved in an international transport of 1100 kilos of heroin. 


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Dutch Commandos Press Charges against Ministry of Defense

Five members of the Corps Commando are pressing charges against the Ministry of Defense. These concern the death of one of their colleagues at an exercise on a Dutch shooting range last year. The Safety Board has released a report on the incident which is very damaging for the Ministry. The judicial action of the soldiers is unprecedented.
nltimes.nl/2017/10/03/dutch-commandos-press-charges-defense-fatal-shooting-training-range



Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Fraud? Africa Aid Agency files for Bankruptcy

Dutch International development Minister Liliane Ploumen has ordered an investigation after the finance director of the Association of European Parliamentarians with Africa (AWEPA) has disappeared without trace. 1.6 million Euro are missing from its accounts, possibly due to fraud. All staff at its African offices have been dismissed. AWEPA was founded in 1984 to advise and support democratic parliaments in Africa. Over the years the Dutch government has subsidized AWEPA with 9.5 million Euro. Also other European countries and the European Commission have subsidized the organization.  

www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2017/10/inquiry-as-e1-6m-goes-missing-from-amsterdam-based-africa-aid-agency/

Monday, October 9, 2017

Former Dutch General: Dutch Defense is Sick and on an IV

Former Dutch Ground Forces Commander, General Mart de Kruif, says that the Dutch defense is sick and on an IV.  Dutch defense has slowly been eroded from within.  There is too little money.  The guidance isn’t functioning and the management isn’t okay.  Just changing the top people has no impact.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Residing Commander in Chief: It Hurts Me Not to Leave the Military in Better Shape

General Tom Middendorp, Commander of the Dutch Military, resigned a few days before the end of his term due to the negative report about the lethal incident in Mali.  Middendorp strongly criticized the cutbacks of military expenses over the past 25 years. He said that he had suggested in vain that the Netherlands invest again in the basic security of the country.  He added, “I would have loved to leave my successor something better.”

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Minister of Defense and Commander in Chief of Army Resign

Jeanine Hennis, the Dutch Minister of Defense and the Commander in Chief of the Dutch Army General Tom Middendorp have resigned as a result of the very negative investigation report of the deadly incident during an exercise of the Dutch military mission in Mali in 2016. Hennis said that she was politically responsible and that her initial reaction to the report had been awkward.

www.trouw.nl/democratie/hennis-stapt-op-om-dodelijk-mortierongeval-mali~a077a543/