NATO

  • US Joint Chiefs Chairman Makes the Case for Keeping US Troops in Europe

    The presence of US troops and military equipment in Europe is important, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph F. Dunford said on March 21, as Moscow would “be much happier if there was not a physical manifestation of our commitment to NATO because their message that we are not willing to meet our alliance [commitments] would be much easier to sell.”


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  • Behind the Din Over Defense Spending, NATO Was Hard at Work in 2018

    Despite a year of public criticism and uncertainty on both sides of the Atlantic, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg hailed 2018 as a year of tremendous progress for the

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  • Binnendijk in Defense News: 5 Consequences of a Life Without NATO


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  • #StrongerWithAllies: Meet the Latvian Who Leads NATO’s Fight Against Fake News

    In the early 1980s, the KGB began spreading the conspiracy theory that the CIA was behind the AIDS epidemic.


    There were several variations of the fabricated tale. The main one was that CIA experiments to create an incurable disease for use as a biological-warfare agent got out of hand. The result, according to the storyline, was that AIDS infected unsuspecting Haitians and Africans

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  • A Message from France to United States: Don’t Be Afraid of European Autonomy

    Amid continued criticism from US President Donald J. Trump about low defense spending levels in NATO countries, French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly said France will “do our best, along with the Europeans, to take a larger share of the burden.” But, she continued, “we will call it ‘autonomy,’ and we will count on you to hear in this word nothing [other] than the bonds of a

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  • #StrongerWithAllies: US Combat Engineer’s Job is Digging Foxholes to Protect Armored Vehicles

    Tanks and armored fighting vehicles have proven time and again that they can be the difference between victory and defeat on the battlefield. Nobody knows that better than Sergeant 1st Class James Pilkington, who commands a platoon of Tennessee National Guard combat engineers helping to protect NATO’s eastern flank in Poland.


    Pilkington’s Berserker Troop platoon has been training with

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  • A ‘Renewed Resolve’ in Congress to Reinforce NATO

    In an exclusive interview, Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA) says US role in NATO has been ‘worth every penny’

    There is a “renewed resolve” in the US Congress “to reinforce NATO and its mission, to rededicate ourselves to meeting certain goals like the 2 percent goal for defense spending, and to send clear and unmistakable messages to Vladimir Putin’s Russia that the physical

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  • Former NATO Ambassador Urges Congress to Protect the Alliance

    “NATO is both indispensable and in crisis,” Douglas Lute, a former US ambassador to NATO and Atlantic Council board director, told the House Foreign Affairs Committee on March 13. He described the nearly seventy-year-old alliance as “a cornerstone” of US foreign policy “that we all too often take for granted.” He argued that lawmakers should do more to reaffirm Washington’s commitment to its

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  • Twenty Years Later, NATO Allies Remain Strong Members of the Family

    When the foreign ministers of Poland, the Czech Republic, and Hungary finally signed documents completing their nations’ accession to NATO it marked the beginning of a new era for the transatlantic alliance. Twenty years ago, the ceremony held in Independence, Missouri—the hometown of US President Harry S. Truman, who oversaw the creation of NATO—marked the first time former-Communist

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  • Lithuania: NATO Should Step Up in Post-INF Reality

    Not all NATO allies are reassured by the pledges coming from Washington and NATO headquarters that there will not be more nuclear weapons stationed in Europe after the expected demise of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty in August.

    Some European governments would like to hear just the opposite: that the West will stop at nothing to combat Russian aggression, including

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