Secretary General: NATO supports the prosperity, values and security of the United States
Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg outlined NATO’s enduring value to the United States in a keynote speech at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC on Friday (14 September 2018). He set out three main reasons why the Alliance makes the US more secure, powerful and prosperous.
Firstly, by preserving peace and stability in Europe, NATO provides the foundation for prosperity on both sides of the Atlantic. Secondly, the Alliance helps to spread democratic values that have benefitted the world at large. Thirdly, NATO Allies boost America’s military power, including with two million active service personnel, cutting-edge capabilities, world-class intelligence, and 28 US bases across Europe.
The Secretary General added that NATO Allies are making real progress on defence spending. Since President Trump took office, NATO Allies across Europe and Canada have spent an additional $41 billion on defence. “For nearly seven decades, the United States has been able to call upon its close Allies and friends in NATO,” he said, adding that “we are far stronger together than apart.”