NATO Policy statements

Two men walking through a doorway
U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo meets with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, on the margins of the NATO Ministerial, at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on April 3, 2019. [State Department photo by Ron Przysucha/ Public Domain]

Key Documents on U.S. policy on NATO

 

Latest U.S. Policy News on NATO

August 02, 2019
Statement by the North Atlantic Council on the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty
“Today, the INF Treaty ceases to exist. Russia bears sole responsibility for the Treaty’s demise. NATO will respond in a measured & responsible way and continue to ensure credible deterrence & defence.” (Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General)

May 22, 2019
NATO Secretary General announces dates for the Summit of NATO Heads of State and Government in London
“I am happy to announce that the next Summit of Allied leaders will take place on 3-4 December 2019 in London to mark NATO’s 70th anniversary. I discussed preparations for the event with Prime Minister Theresa May at 10 Downing Street last week (14 May) and I thanked the United Kingdom for agreeing to host the event.”

May 08, 2019
Message to the Congress on Designating Brazil as a Major Non-NATO Ally
In accordance with section 517 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended (22 U.S.C. 2321k), I am providing notice of my intent to designate Brazil as a Major Non-NATO Ally.
I am making this designation in recognition of the Government of Brazil’s recent commitments to increase defense cooperation with the United States, and in recognition of our own national interest in deepening our defense coordination with Brazil.

Meetings of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs – Washington DC, 3-4 April 2019

Full details of the program are available on the NATO website.

April 03, 2019
Secretary Pompeo’s Remarks at the Reception to Celebrate NATO’s 70th Anniversary
When the treaty was signed on April 4th in 1949, in this very room, President Harry S. Truman spoke of our collective aspirations. He called NATO, quote, “a shield against aggression” and “a bulwark which will permit us to get on with the real business of government and society – the business of achieving a fuller and happier life for every one of our citizens.”

April 01, 2019
An unshakable commitment: The U.S. and NATO
2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).  Every American president since Harry Truman, who championed NATO’s creation in 1949, has reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to the principle of collective defense, which makes up the core of this now 29-nation alliance.

March 28, 2019
A rare glimpse of the document that started NATO
As the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) marks its 70th anniversary and its member countries prepare for the April 3-4 meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Washington, the National Archives Museum is offering a rare opportunity to view the treaty.

March 22, 2019
Secretary Pompeo’s Call With NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. They discussed plans for the meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers to be held April 3-4 in Washington, DC where Allies will mark the 70th anniversary of NATO’s founding and take stock of the Alliance’s efforts to address the full range of challenges facing the Alliance.

February 13, 2019
NATO Defence Ministers meet in Brussels
In Brussels today and tomorrow NATO Defence Ministers meet to begin two days of talks on pressing security challenges, including Russia’s violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

February 06, 2019
Secretary General announces NATO Heads of State and Government will meet in London
“I am pleased to announce that Allies have agreed that the next meeting of NATO Heads of State and Government will take place in London in December 2019.
We are grateful to the United Kingdom for agreeing to host this meeting in NATO’s 70th anniversary year. London was the home of NATO’s first headquarters. The United Kingdom was one of the Alliance’s twelve founding members and continues to play a key role in the Alliance, making essential contributions to our shared security.”

2018

April 27, 2018
Ahead of the first official session of NATO Foreign Ministers, U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo greeted NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg: “As soon as I was sworn in, I hopped on a plane & came here. There’s a reason for that. Our work here is invaluable.”

Pages from the North Atlantic Treaty (National Archives)
Pages from the North Atlantic Treaty (National Archives)

April 26, 2018
Press Briefing by Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison, U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO (via usmission.gov)    “America is committed to a strong NATO Alliance and our NATO Allies are also strong on unity and resolve to have an umbrella against Russian aggression, to try to be a leader in counter-terrorism. Our mission in Afghanistan, where I have been twice in the last six months, is one that has a chance to stop terrorism where it is, protect all of our people, and to also have a country that we can leave that will be able to function with human rights and dignity and rule of law and good government.”

March 15, 2018
Press conference by the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the launch of his Annual Report for 2017 (NATO.int)   At the launch of the NATO Secretary General Report 2017, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg emphasized that recent attack in UK is part of “reckless pattern of Russian behavior” over many years.

February 15, 2018
Press Briefing by Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis at U.S. Mission to NATO (via usmission.gov)
“We just concluded, as you know, our NATO Defense Ministerial where General — Secretary General Stoltenberg just said that NATO remains committed to projecting stability beyond its borders, and in a world awash in change, NATO stands firm as an island of stability in a turbulent sea.
Projecting stability requires NATO’s political stance to be backed by a credible military force that is fit to fight, reducing the chance for miscalculation.
To be fit for our time, NATO deterrence and defense posture must continue to adapt. During the ministerial, we discussed strategic nuclear deterrence issues, to include America’s recently released 2018 Nuclear Posture Review on which many of our allies were consulted. And it was very well received — the review was very well received across NATO.”

 

2017

November 07, 2017 Press Briefing by Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison, U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO (via U.S. Mission to NATO)

May 25, 2017
NATO: Standing strong together and contributing equally   On May 25, in Brussels, President Donald J. Trump, speaking at NATO headquarters next to a twisted metal girder from New York’s World Trade Center, vowed that by standing together the NATO Allies will vanquish the “barbaric evil” of terrorism:

May 25, 2017
A Virginia city parades its support for NATO   With bands playing and onlookers cheering, the NATO Parade of Nations steps off each spring through the streets not of Brussels — NATO’s headquarters — but Norfolk, Virginia, a historic naval town that takes pride in its role in keeping the trans-Atlantic alliance strong.

March 21, 2017
 Statement by the Press Secretary on President Trump’s Travel to Brussels and NATO Meetings      President Donald J. Trump will travel to Brussels, Belgium, for the 25 May 2017, meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Heads of State and Government.

March 20, 2017
Secretary General Stoltenberg in Washington D.C. for Counter-ISIL talks (via NATO.int) NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met with US Secretary of Defense James Mattis at the Pentagon on Tuesday (21 March 2017) to discuss enhancing NATO’s role in the fight against terrorism and preparations for the upcoming Meeting of NATO leaders in Brussels. The Secretary General is in United States to attend a meeting of the Counter-ISIL Coalition on Wednesday.

January 20, 2017
Mattis Takes Oath as 26th Defense Secretary (via Defense.gov)     By a 98-1 vote, the Senate today confirmed retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis to be the 26th secretary of defense, and Vice President Michael R. Pence administered his oath of office shortly afterward.
Mattis is the first retired general officer to hold the position since General of the Army George C. Marshall in the early 1950s. Congress passed a waiver for the retired four-star general to serve in the position, because law requires former service members to have been out of uniform for at least seven years to serve as defense secretary. Mattis retired from the Marine Corps in 2013.