On January 5, the Atlantic Council hosted the United Kingdom’s Secretary of Defense Philip Hammond for his first public remarks in the United States.

In his remarks at the Council, Mr. Hammond offered a response to former Secretary Gates’ provocative assessment of NATO and discussed the continuing value of NATO to the national interests of its members in today’s world.

Mr. Hammond was raised in Essex, attending school in Brentwood before going on to read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at University College, Oxford. Prior to his election to the House in 1997, he followed a business career in small and medium-sized companies in manufacturing, consultancy, property and construction, and oil and gas, both in the UK and abroad. Mr. Hammond’s previous position was Secretary of State for Transport. Prior to this he held a number of shadow portfolios. His constituency is Runnymede and Weybridge and he is married with three children.

A discussion with

Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP
Secretary of State for Defense
United Kingdom

Welcome and Introduction by

Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft USAF (Ret.)
Former National Security Advisor to Presidents Ford and Bush Sr.
Chairman, Atlantic Council International Advisory Board

Moderated by

Fred Kempe
President and CEO
Atlantic Council

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