NATO is a transatlantic alliance of 30 like-minded North American and European countries securing peace since 1949. The alliance promotes democratic values and diplomacy and enables members to consult and cooperate on defense and security-related issues, build trust and, in the long run, prevent conflict.
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III welcomed Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak to the Pentagon for meetings — the countries' ties have grown closer since the nation joined NATO in 1999.
Integrated deterrence and a whole-of-government approach with allies and partners across the Middle East are key to enabling peace and stability in the region, a Defense Department official said.
The world faces uncertainty with threats not only from nation states like China and Russia, but from climate change, cyber attacks as well as new terror groups, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg made a compelling case that the only way to face these threats is together.
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III thanked NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg for all he's done to hold the alliance together and modernize it.
Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen H. Hicks and Benedikt Zimmer, Germany's state secretary of the Federal Ministry of Defense, met at the Pentagon to reaffirm the U.S.-Germany bilateral relationship.
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