Baltic Defence College

Baltic Defence College


Today, we bid farewell to our friend Liis who, for two years, has been managing College social Media. Liis is leaving us to pursue other career goals. We thank her for her contributions and wish her well.

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Operating as usual

Photos from Baltic Defence College's post 23/04/2022

The Baltic Defence College had the honour to host an InterForce delegation from #Denmark. The delegation was led by Chief of Royal Danish Army Major General Gunner Arpe Nielsen and CEO Interforce Major General (ret) Finn Winkler.

The guests were welcomed by the Commandant, Brigadier General Ilmar Tamm.

The guests received a short overview of BALTDEFCOL's history, organisation and main activities. It was followed by a special lecture provided by Mr George Spencer Terry on the historical background of Baltic states and the discussions on the implications to the current geopolitical situation.

The visit was concluded with interesting insights from the Estonian Defence Industry Association.

𝘐𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘍𝘰𝘳𝘤𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘢 𝘤𝘰𝘰𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘣𝘦𝘵𝘸𝘦𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘋𝘢𝘯𝘪𝘴𝘩 𝘱𝘳𝘪𝘷𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘱𝘶𝘣𝘭𝘪𝘤 𝘴𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘈𝘳𝘮𝘦𝘥 𝘍𝘰𝘳𝘤𝘦𝘴 / 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘊𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘭 𝘋𝘦𝘧𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦. 𝘐𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘍𝘰𝘳𝘤𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬𝘴 𝘵𝘰𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘥𝘴 𝘦𝘯𝘴𝘶𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘣𝘶𝘪𝘭𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘳𝘦𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘣𝘦𝘵𝘸𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘵𝘸𝘰 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘭𝘥𝘴. 𝘔𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘯 2,000 𝘋𝘢𝘯𝘪𝘴𝘩 𝘣𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘴, 𝘴𝘰𝘤𝘪𝘦𝘵𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘰𝘳𝘨𝘢𝘯𝘪𝘴𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘮𝘦𝘮𝘣𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘐𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘍𝘰𝘳𝘤𝘦, 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘣𝘺 𝘱𝘶𝘣𝘭𝘪𝘤𝘭𝘺 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘴𝘶𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘙𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘷𝘦 𝘍𝘰𝘳𝘤𝘦. 𝘈𝘯 𝘐𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘍𝘰𝘳𝘤𝘦 𝘮𝘦𝘮𝘣𝘦𝘳 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘣𝘦 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘸 𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘦𝘹𝘦𝘳𝘤𝘪𝘴𝘦 𝘧𝘭𝘦𝘹𝘪𝘣𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘵𝘰𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘥𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘥𝘢𝘺 𝘵𝘰 𝘥𝘢𝘺 𝘦𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘰𝘺𝘦𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘮𝘢𝘺 𝘢𝘴𝘬 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘰𝘥𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘷𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮. 𝘖𝘯 𝘢𝘯 𝘰𝘳𝘨𝘢𝘯𝘪𝘴𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘭𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘭, 𝘐𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘍𝘰𝘳𝘤𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘋𝘢𝘯𝘪𝘴𝘩 𝘋𝘦𝘧𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘊𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘌𝘹𝘦𝘤𝘶𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘖𝘧𝘧𝘪𝘤𝘦.


Today, Estonians are celebrating #VeteransDay 🔵⚫️⚪️ This year, the charity campaign will also support Ukrainian veterans 🇺🇦 !

The Veteran’s Day will be celebrated today in #Tartu with a free concert “Veteran Rock” 💥

Congratulations on Veteran’s Day!

1. jalaväebrigaad /1st Infantry Brigade
2. jalaväebrigaad
Eesti õhuvägi / Estonian Air Force
Eesti Merevägi
Toetuse väejuhatus
Estonian Special Operations Forces
Kaitseväe Akadeemia
Kaitseressursside Amet


🇪🇪🇪🇪🇪🇪 #annameau #sinilill #bluehepatica #letussalute

Photos from Baltic Defence College's post 19/04/2022

Today, 🇪🇪 and 🇱🇻 CHODs, LTG Martin Herem and Ģenerālleitnants Leonīds Kalniņš visited BALTDEFCOL.

Both provided an overview of national defense concepts highlighting priorities when preparing armed forces to face any threat for national sovereignty.

The panel discussion proved to be an important constituent of education allowing to face the College education with practical aspect of developing armed forces. It was also a good opportunity for students to meet military leaders possessing up-to-date knowledge about military affairs in broader terms.

Latvijas armija


A wonderful Easter Sunday was great opportunity to come together and celebrate

Many families came to see the Easter bunny 🐰 and sweet goodies! Delicious food, great grill masters and lots of fun together - that’s the spirit of BALTDEFCOL family 👏👏

Photos from Baltic Defence College's post 14/04/2022

Today, BALTDEFCOL hosted the Graduation Ceremony of the Civil Servants’ Course 🎓

The course was completed by eight students from 🇬🇪 🇪🇪 🇱🇻 🇱🇹 🇵🇱 👏

During the Graduation Ceremony, students were recognized for their outstanding performance during the Course. Ms Justė Adakauskaitė 🇱🇹 received the Best Student Award and Ms Vaida Vaitkuvienė 🇱🇹 was acknowledged with the Class Leader Recognition!

The course presented the Best Faculty Member Award to Mr Olavi Jänes 👏

Congratulations to all! ✨

Photos from Baltic Defence College's post 13/04/2022

Syndicate Radziņš visited the KGB kongide muuseum / KGB Cells Museum in #Tartu. Given recent events in #Ukraine, we sought a visceral reminder of Russian historical occupation and brutality. The students received a guided tour from the curation team and explored the cells used to confine and torture Estonians up until 1954. These brutal tactics, which were used after WWII, helped Stalin rule Russia's satellite republics with an iron fist. He quelled dissent using subterfuge and fear to subjugate foreign rivals. The KGB museum serves as a prescient reminder of what Russian occupation forces are capable of in Ukraine.

Syndicate “Radziņš” strengthened their unity and the team spirit (FORTIS IN UNUM)!


BALTSPOUSES' yearly fundraiser during the International Night was a success!
We collected kind donations of more than 2600 euros in order to support our 🇺🇦 families. Today, the cheque was presented to them 🌻 We support as we can! #StandwithUkraine


It's April! ☀️ Every spring since 2014 Eesti Vigastatud Võitlejate Ühing in cooperation with Naiskodukaitse (Women's Voluntary Defence Organization) carries out a charity campaign "Let us Salute!"

The campaign invites people to wear Blue Hepatica flower pins in recognition of veterans and their family members 🔵⚫️⚪️ This year, the campaign will support also Ukrainian veterans 🇺🇦

From 1 April to 30 April, you can order Blue Hepatica pins or other campaign goods directly to your nearest Smartpost parcel terminal or you could donate through their webpage:

Let us salute our veterans! 🇪🇪🇺🇦

Photos from Baltic Defence College's post 01/04/2022

This week, we hosted the European Security and Defence College Common Security and Defence Policy High Level Course Module 3 titled “Missions and Operations”. The M3 brought together 6️⃣7️⃣ participants from several EU member states.

BALTDEFCOL faculty supported the Module as moderators and speakers along with representatives from the Hybrid Centre of Excellence in #Helsinki, thNATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellencece in #Riga, and the Latvian Naval Forces 🤝

Read more:

Photos from Baltic Defence College's post 25/03/2022

Yesterday evening, the 17th International Night took place at the BALTDEFCOL 🤩

The event aims to promote the culture and traditions of the participating Nations, and strengthen personal relations.

Our staff and faculty members, students and invited guests with families had an opportunity to taste best local goods from 🇨🇦 🇨🇿 🇪🇪 🇫🇷 🇩🇪 🇬🇪 🇮🇹 🇱🇻 🇱🇹 🇲🇩 🇳🇴 🇵🇱 🇸🇰 🇸🇪 🇬🇧 🇺🇦 🇺🇸, and enjoy traditional national performances by 🇪🇪 🇱🇻 🇱🇹 and 🇺🇦 💃 🎶

❗️No International Night event will pass without traditional fundraiser. We managed to collect more than 2600 euros in order to support our 🇺🇦 families❗

Having fun and involving family members is one of our values described in the Code of Conduct. See you next year!

Photos from Baltic Defence College's post 23/03/2022

Starting from #2022, the CSELC trial period is over, and will be the permanent component of the BALTDEFCOL academic portfolio.

This week, the core team made preparations for the next course, which will take place in Autumn 2022 💥

The aim of the CSELC is to prepare Command Senior Enlisted Leaders to effectively advise, support and, enhance strategic level Leadership’s decision making to meet anticipated political and security challenges within a dynamic and complex Baltic Sea regional environment.

Photos from Baltic Defence College's post 16/03/2022

Last week, the students of HCSC 2022 accompanied by faculty members conducted the International Study Trip to Brussels 🇧🇪 and Rome 🇮🇹 .

The focus of the 2022 International Study Trip was on NATO, the European Union and Allied European countries. It provided an opportunity to familiarize with the defence policies of Belgium and Italy, and to explore strategy making policies at the Alliance and national levels.

Thank you 🤝 European Union Military Staff - EUMS, NATO Defense College, Ministero della Difesa

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Photos from Baltic Defence College's post 04/03/2022

Our Dean Col. (ret.) Dr. Zdzisław Śliwa was decorated by Ambassador Grzegorz Kozłowski with the Knight's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland 🇵🇱 👏

The order was presented to recognise his remarkable merits to the development of Estonian-Polish relations 🎖



Our sincerest gratitude to all #RUSCONF22 sponsors, civilian ambassadors and media partners ‼️ See you next year 👀

🤝 NATO Defense College
Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Tartu linn Atlanto sutarties Lietuvos bendrija - LATA Latvian Transatlantic Organisation Estonian Atlantic Treaty Association (EATA) The Lithuania Tribune New Eastern Europe Latvijas Radio Postimees Georgia Today Embassy of Georgia to Estonia / საქართველოს საელჩო ესტონეთში


To sum up with the #RUSCONF22 a short interview
Q: What does Biden see in the eyes of Putin?
A: Anton Barbashin, Riddle


💭 Some thoughts from Concluding Panel of #RUSCONF22. Thank you Vaira Vike-Freiberga James Sherr Stefan Meister 💥

👉 James Sherr "It is no longer possible to decouple Ukraine's security from the security of Europe"

👉 Dr. Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga "Living in illusions applies to both sides"

👉 Dr. Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga “The real hope for peace and security in Europe would come on the day the Russian population embraced the same principles of democracy and law and order that the neighbour states had”

👉 Dr. Stefan Meister “We have to pay more for our own securety and we will have to take more responsibility for the security of Europeans”

👉Dr. Stefan Meister “There's an increasing understanding that the US may not stay in Europe forever”

DGAP - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik e.V. ICDS-International Centre for Defence and Security


Meanwhile in #Tartu #RUSCONF22 a short interview by Hille Tressum👇

Q: Is it possible that Moldova will be able to solve the transnitrian question❓
A: Vladimir Socor, Senior Fellow, The Jamestown Foundation

Eesti Diplomaatide Kool/ Estonian School of Diplomacy
Eesti NATO Ühing Estonian Atlantic Treaty Association (EATA) Latvian Transatlantic Organisation Atlanto sutarties Lietuvos bendrija - LATA Postimees New Eastern Europe The Lithuania Tribune Georgia Today Latvijas Radio

Photos from Baltic Defence College's post 04/03/2022

💭 Thoughts from Panel V of #RUSCONF22

👉 Laurynas Kasčiūnas 🇱🇹 “Putin hoped that the West would separate from the US, but Putin was wrong; the West has been united and has had a strong response to Russia”

👉 Anders Åslund “Putin is just bloody minded; he will double down. Somebody must stop him, but it seems only the Ukrainians can stop him. Putin is afraid that NATO and the US will become involved, and this could escalate to a nuclear war”

👉 Andrei Illarionov “Biden broke Putin’s semi-isolation for the last four years of the previous administration. Biden fully supported forcing Ukraine to accept the Minsk agreement.”

👉 Summarisation of the Anton Barbashin
▪️ The United States does not want to risk war and is allowing Europe to foot the bill (or do the heavy lifting) for the sanctions on Russia. Moscow knows that the US does not want to fight in a war so it believes that the US will accept whatever Russia does, no matter how gruesome, in the end. The Biden administration is trying to find the balance between stopping Putin’s aggression but also keep Putin from pushing the nuke button ▪️

Center for Security Policy Riddle Lietuvos Respublikos Seimas Atlantic Council Estonian Atlantic Treaty Association (EATA) Latvian Transatlantic Organisation Atlanto sutarties Lietuvos bendrija - LATA Postimees New Eastern Europe The Lithuania Tribune Georgia Today Latvijas Radio

Photos from Baltic Defence College's post 04/03/2022

💭 Thoughts from Panel IV of #RUSCONF22

👉 Dr. Artis Pabriks 🇱🇻 “We were underestimating under analyzing, living in wishful thinking as far as our relationships with #Russia”

👉 Dr. Artis Pabriks 🇱🇻 “We have encouraged this aggression to Ukraine with our inactivity”

👉 MG Jim Morris Standing Joint Force Headquarters Group “The Joint Expeditionary Force is a flexible organisation that is agile, and can move at speed, make decisions more quickly than NATO”

👉 Eka Tkeshelashvili 🇬🇪 “Let’s not self-indulge ourselves how united we are, how awake we are now, because at the end of the day, at the expense of Ukraine it will be a reinvigoration of Europe, but Ukraine will be a sacrifice nation”

👉 Vladimir Socor “Russia is winning or prevailing in all the conflicts it has started... this is because of western defaults”

Aizsardzības ministrija The Jamestown Foundation
Estonian Atlantic Treaty Association (EATA) Latvian Transatlantic Organisation Atlanto sutarties Lietuvos bendrija - LATA New Eastern Europe The Lithuania Tribune Georgia Today Postimees Latvijas Radio


Meanwhile in #Tartu #RUSCONF22 a short interview with two students by Inga Samoškaitė👇

Q: How you assess the value of the academic events like this ❓
A: COL Kaspars Pudāns and LCDR Rene Kalmaru

Latvijas armija Latvian Transatlantic Organisation Estonian Atlantic Treaty Association (EATA) Atlanto sutarties Lietuvos bendrija - LATA

Photos from Baltic Defence College's post 04/03/2022

💭 Thoughts from Panel III of #RUSCONF22

👉 COL Jean-Michel Millet “The idea is to challenge #Russia by creating more or less something that we've already seen at the end of the cold war, in creating challenges to which Russia just can't adapt”

👉 Summarisation of COL Pudāns 🇱🇻
“Russia currently has an artificial intelligence program and while the West cannot say this for sure, Russia could be testing AI technology right now for war and this might be a big problem”

👉 LCDR Kalmaru 💬 said that there are overarching goals for #Russia and throughout the years, these have not changed much. 3️⃣ goals are:
🔹Russian dominance in the ex soviet area 🔸Opposition to NATO expansion 🔹Closer and enchanted cooperation with India and China

👉 LTC Jagminas “After the collapse of the Soviet Union 14 nations started at the same line ended so differently, the Baltic states enjoy membership of Nato and EU , but Ukraine and Georgia ended in war […] If you want to survive as a state, you seek power. This means suppress your peer competitors”

Estonian Atlantic Treaty Association (Eata) Latvian Transatlantic Organisation Atlanto sutarties Lietuvos bendrija - LATA New Eastern Europe The Lithuania Tribune Postimees Latvijas Radio

OTSEBLOGI TARTUST: Kas lääne liiga kaua kestnud soovunelemine tingis Ukraina sõja? 04/03/2022

OTSEBLOGI TARTUST: Kas lääne liiga kaua kestnud soovunelemine tingis Ukraina sõja?

For Estonians 🇪🇪 ❗️Jälgi #RUSCONF22 Postimees otseblogi otse Tartust ka täna!👇

Estonian Atlantic Treaty Association (EATA) Eesti NATO Ühing Kaitseministeerium Kaitseliit Kaitseväe Akadeemia

OTSEBLOGI TARTUST: Kas lääne liiga kaua kestnud soovunelemine tingis Ukraina sõja? «Kas Ukraina on vene tsivilisatsiooni häll või hoopis Putini režiimi surnuaed?» pärib täna Tartus algav Balti Kaitsekolledži igakevadine Venemaa-konverents. Postimees vahendab seal räägitavat otseblogina.

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The Baltic Defence College is a multinational professional military education institution of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania established in 1999. The College educates military and security-related civilian personnel of the Framework Nations, allies and partners, while promoting international cooperation and networking and contributing to research in security and defence policy. 4 core courses (SLC, HCSC, JCGSC & CSC) are currently conducted at the College with the 5th one (Pilot CSELC) starting in autumn 2019.

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Baltic Defence College is an English-speaking international higher education institution of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania providing professional military education at the operational and strategic level for military and civilian leaders of the Baltic states, their allies and partners. The college conducts applied research, hosts and co-hosts conferences and seminars and offers a fellowship programme.

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