A look at the Defence news 12 – 18 November

At the annual exhibition of the Netherlands Industries for Defence & Security (NIDV) in Rotterdam, Minister of Defence Ank Bijleveld-Schouten said that the Netherlands must be able to protect itself against all sorts of attacks. She continued by saying that this requires a strong base of expertise, technology and capabilities.

Minister Bijleveld is looking at a drone at the NIDV-conference.

Minister Bijleveld is looking at a drone at the NIDV-conference.

In order to protect the Netherlands armed forces and our country against digital threats, the Defence organisation is to increase its offensive cyber capabilties and cyber resilience. The Netherlands Minister of Defence, Ank Bijleveld-Schouten, recently sent the new Defence Cyber Strategy to Parliament.

Defence has stopped the use of the Bonaire firing range

Defence has stopped using the Washikemba firing range on the island of Bonaire in the Caribbean. This decision followed a report on a possible unsafe situation. A committee is looking into the report. The firing range is not Defence-owned.

Defence to stimulate more rapid innovation

The new Defence innovation strategy was published earlier this month. The strategy focuses on ways for Defence to faster and better integrate innovations, in order to respond in a timely manner to developments in society, technology and science.