WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The United States and Estonia will start reserve forces partnership with a focus on combating cyber threats, according to US Department of Defense press release.
“The [US] Defense Department signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) today with Estonia, marking the beginning of a partnership to strengthen both countries’ reserve forces through annual exchanges of personnel,” the release issued on Tuesday read.
The bilateral cooperation will aim at improving the two countries capabilities to quickly respond to military threats and, in particular, at stepping up cyber defense capabilities, according to the release.
“Close bilateral cooperation with a capable partner nation such as Estonia plays a key role in enhancing cyber defense capabilities and addressing a myriad of present and future threats and risks in this interconnected world,” US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs Richard Wightman was quoted as saying in the release.
The program also ensures US and Estonian armed forces gain a working knowledge of operating effectively together for the future, the release said.
In late 2014, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency reported that the US State Department had approved a possible $55 million sale of the Javelin anti-tank missile system to Estonia, earlier requested by the Estonian government.