Denmark starts six-year plan to modernize military
On the 28th of January 2018, the Danish Defense Minister, Claus Hjort Frederiksen, presented a new six-year plan for the Danish military. Significant for this plan is that it is the first time since that end of the Cold War that a considerable amount of funds will be used to modernize the armed forces of Denmark. The ultimate costs will amount to 143 billion DKK; amounting to a 10% increase (Wismann: 29th January, 2018).
It is without a doubt pressure from the new US administration under President Donald Trump that has contributed to the decision of this expensive military modernization. Denmark is willing to use 2% of its GDP on its military, which is exactly what President Trump has been calling out for, but during the six years of the current plan it is believed that Denmark will not be able to reach more than 1.3% GDP (Jyllands-Posten: 29th January, 2018).
The money is primarily earmarked for new and modern missiles for the navy; more specifically the SM-2 surface-to-air missile as well as giving navy helicopters the upgrades necessary to target submarines. Moreover, the deal of purchasing 23 new F35 fighter jets for 50 billion DKK is also going ahead as planned. Interestingly enough, it has been agreed that six of these new jets must be permanently stationed in the USA (Wismann: 29th January, 2018). Funding for countering "cyber warfare" is also a part of the six-year plan.
Especially Denmark's military presence in the Baltic countries next to the Russian border is being stressed as an important strategic move.
In a recent meeting with the US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, the Danish foreign minister, Anders Samuelsen, stated that "by having frontline troops in the Baltic countries we show that we are taking the conflict seriously and we are very focused on helping turn Ukraine into a success" (Ullerup: 30th January 2018). The last comment is especially haunting since it indicates a continued will to push Ukraine into the Atlanticist sphere of influence.
Denmark is also supposed to keep contributing to the fight against "terror, civil war and instability" in the areas south of Europe. Looking back at the military involvement in such places as Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria I will let the reader decide on how successful the Atlanticist alliance (USA and the NATO countries) has been in securing the three above mentioned objectives.
According to leading figures at the Center for Military Studies at the University of Copenhagen it is claimed that: "Russia's actions in foreign affairs constitute a geopolitical problem for NATO and a threat against those neighboring countries outside of the alliance. The European Order [sic] is to a high degree again defined by an east-west balance of power logic." (Breitenbauch: 29th January, 2018). In other words, the globalist liberal elites, especially those in the USA, are trying to turn back the Cold War clock and make sure that Russia and European countries such as Germany and France (the famous Berlin-Moscow-Paris axis) will not support each other in forming strong sovereign European and Eurasian geopolitical blocs that could be a threat to the USA led New World Order.
A geo-economic factor in the rising tensions around the Baltic and the liberal globalists' call for more militarization and suspicion towards Russia in the NATO countries (and allies) could be related to the planned North Stream 2 gas pipe that would secure stronger economic ties and interdependency between Eurasia and Europe in the energy sector.
Even in Sweden, which is not a member of NATO, the government recently warned some of its municipalities to be prepared for war against Russia and how to act if such a conflict should erupt (BBC, 18th January, 2018).
Despite the fact that Denmark today is both politically (the EU) and military (NATO) tied in terms of a sense of sovereignty it is still being allowed to pursue certain geopolitical goals as long as these do not go into conflict with the immediate interest of the ruling elites in Brussels and Washington DC.
The Arctic is an area where Denmark seems to be pursuing its own national interests, although the presence of Russia and China in this region could serve as a way to unleash a regional, and maybe global, conflict on behalf of the Atlanticist hegemon. The modernization of the navy also plays a central factor concerning Danish capabilities and aspirations in this region. But for now let us hope that agreements, cooperation and understanding between the worlds geopolitical and cultural blocs will be the way to reach our individual goals and interests instead of conflict mongering and war.
Breitenbauch, Henrik & Søby Kristensen, Kristian. "Nyt forsvarsforlig er en solid begyndelse" Jyllands-Posten. Jyllands-Posten Debat, 29th January 2018. Web (in Danish). Jan 30, 2018. https://jyllands-posten.dk/debat/kronik/ECE10255716/nyt-forsvarsforlig-er-en-solid-begyndelse/
"Sweden to issue leaflets on how to prepare for war" BBC News. BBC, 18th January 2018. Web. Feb 2, 2018. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-42733539
Ullerup, Jørgen. "Lovord til Danmark fra Tillerson" Jyllands-Posten. Jyllands-Posten Politik, 30th January 2018. Web (in Danish). Jan 30, 2018. https://jyllands-posten.dk/politik/ECE10256524/lovord-til-danmark-fra-tillerson/
Wismann, Lars. "Det nye forsvarsforlig spiller hasard med vores sikkerhed" Berlingske. Berlingske Debat, 29th January 2018. Web (in Danish). Jan 30, 2018. https://www.b.dk/kommentarer/det-nye-forsvarsforlig-spiller-hasard-med-vores-sikkerhed