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The abhorrent beheading of two American journalists and a British aid worker shocked the world. So did the tragic downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine.

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The Ukrainian military is capable of defending this line if it is given adequate NATO support, led by the United States. Five packages are needed:

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NATO must expeditiously operationalize the Enhanced Cyber Defense Policy endorsed at the summit, which reinforces that NATO members will work together to build up the alliance's cyber defenses.

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Transatlantic Trends 2014 paints a picture of a complex relationship between the United States and Europe, and their responses to these challenges.

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Two Russian strategic bombers conducted practice cruise missile attacks on the United States during a training mission last week that defense officials say appeared timed to the NATO summit in Wales.

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Russia will continue to build up its military might with large-scale weapons purchases in order to meet any threat, particularly from the United States and NATO, President Vladimir V. Putin said on Wednesday.

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Obama administration officials acknowledge that Europe isn't going to boost its defense spending overnight, but they argue the Ukraine crisis has destroyed any illusion that the Continent can go on ignoring the Russian threat.

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The New York Times asked seven experts; Should NATO be helping Ukraine face Russia?

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After the end of the Cold War, NATO stood down its highest readiness force.

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Denmark approaches the Wales Summit in the context of a radically changed security environment, due to, among other things, the Ukraine crisis.

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