A Shared Alliance

As the United States continues its historic buildup of its defense capabilities, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has committed to increasing security investments as well. Russia seeks to change the international order by stressing our alliances, undermining national institutions, and supporting conflicts around the world. Its goal is to exert greater influence around the globe and demonstrate Russia is not only a nuclear power, but a Great Power. The NATO alliance shares a common strategic vision on how to counter this threat.

Recently, I visited several NATO countries to understand their contributions to NATO and efforts to support U.S. defense initiatives in Europe. Although President Trump has put pressure on NATO countries to contribute two percent of their gross domestic product (GDP) toward defense spending, it is important to realize additional contributions to our collective mission. Countering Russia requires not only a robust U.S. military, but strong alliances as well.

 

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