Ahead Of NATO Summit, Senators Encourage Allies To Increase Defense Contributions

U.S. Senators Jim Inhofe (R-OK), David Perdue (R-GA), Tom Cotton (R-AR) and James Lankford (R-OK) introduced a Senate resolution to reinforce the need for greater defense spending in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). This week, President Trump is meeting with world leaders at the annual NATO summit, where he will reaffirm the United States’ commitment to global security and encourage NATO allies to fulfill defense spending commitments.

“Only fair and equitable burden sharing will make ‘peace through strength’ a NATO reality in the face of growing threats, including Russian aggression, terrorism and cybersecurity,” said Senator Inhofe, senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “President Trump is right to strongly encourage all of our NATO allies to meet their commitment to defense spending under the collective security obligations.”

“NATO is the foundation for global security, which is why President Trump made bolstering this key alliance one of his top priorities,” said Senator Perdue, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “Since he took office, our NATO allies have started increasing their defense budgets. This year, NATO expects eight allies to meet their goal, and 15 allies are on track to hit their target by 2024. It is critical our NATO alliance stays strong and has the funding it needs to carry out of global security missions.”

“NATO is only as strong as its members, so it’s crucial that our NATO allies meet their defense-spending commitments,” said Senator Cotton, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “The growing number of threats to our  security should only solidify our countries’ commitment to the alliance.”

“The importance of NATO to the national security of the United States cannot be understated,” said Senator Lankford, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee. “Most NATO countries are in Europe, a continent that is at the frontlines of the confrontation with Russia and continues to deal with the large influx of refugees from crisis torn areas. Europe’s security is important for America’s security; however, our allies must also meet their defense spending commitments. For the NATO Alliance to be most effective, all Member States must carry their share of the security burden.”

The senators’ resolution:

  • Reaffirms U.S. commitment to NATO as the foundation of transatlantic security and defense.
  • Encourages NATO allies to fulfill defense spending commitments that were agreed upon at the 2014 Wales Summit.
  • Calls on NATO allies to finance, equip, and train their military to achieve interoperability and fulfill their national security interests.
  • Recognizes NATO allies who meet their defense spending commitments.

Read the full text of the resolution here.