NATO would be better off urgently rebuilding military forces capable of deterring threats with or without US support


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It is clearly bad for NATO security that the potential next president of the United States has said he would encourage attacks on allies that fail to meet a core defence spending target. But it is surely as much - or even greater - a challenge for the alliance that two-thirds of its 31 member states still have not increased the amount of national income dedicated to defence to a minimum of 2% (and experts deem that level to be woefully inadequate). This is despite Russia's war in Ukraine, Iran-linked conflict in the Middle East and the risk posed by...