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US Expands Icelandic Airfield For Tankers, Big Cargo Lift

Posted by Paul McLeary on


An old Cold War base in Iceland has seen over $80 million in US investments in recent years as the Pentagon flies more surveillance missions in the high north — and plans to do more.

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In Brussels, Newest Acting SecDef Stresses Continuity

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Mark Esper got on a plane to NATO just 24 hours after taking over at the Pentagon. There are two main reasons why.

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Pence Slams Germany, Turkey At NATO Party

Posted by Paul McLeary on


In a day of optimism at NATO’s 70th birthday bash, tensions over spending, and weapons deals with Russia, make for awkward moments

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US Gives Russia 60 Days Before INF Withdrawal; NATO Comes Around

Posted by Paul McLeary on


After five years of talks and a wall of Russian denials, NATO and Washington call Putin’s bluff and say they’re ready to do something about Russian violations of a 31 year-old arms control treaty. But Europe is worried.

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Pentagon INF Report Hits Hill; Putin Threatens NATO Members

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The long-awaited Pentagon report, which outlines the weapons systems capable of being modified for fielding in a post-INF world, has hit Capitol Hill.

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US Puts Russia ‘On Notice’ Over Treaty Violation; NATO Agrees

Posted by Paul McLeary on


US Ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison sent a warning to Moscow about violating the INF treaty — one that NATO allies appear prepared to back up.

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Mattis in Europe Shows His Influence, And Challenges of Translating Trump

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Fresh from the drama of Brussels, Defense Secretary Mattis visited NATO allies across Europe to preach stability, forward progress, and friendship. He remains a popular figure on the continent, but rumblings from Washington have the NATO alliance concerned.

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Trump’s Wrecking Ball Ideology

Posted by James Kitfield on


A year ago, it would have been tempting to write off President Trump’s “bull in a china shop” diplomacy as the product of inexperience and impulsiveness. However, after eighteen months in the White House tenure, Trump is looking like a man with a method, a leader acting according to a consistent ideology — if not… Keep reading →

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Focus On What You Do For NATO, Europe, Not The $$

Posted by Michael Matlaga on


As feared, President Donald Trump came out swinging at the NATO summit. He castigated Germany for being subservient to Russia (guess he forgot about his idea to welcome Russia back to the G-7) and continued his focus on getting Europe to spend more on defense. Given the political environment, we welcome these constructive suggestions for how Europe… Keep reading →

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NATO Has A Good Story To Tell, But Is Its Audience Of One Listening?

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Allies from Norway to Romania are buying big-ticket weapons systems produced by the American defense industry, and more NATO countries are inching toward agreed-upon defense spending goals. But is it enough?

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