Less than a year ago President Trump spoke at the NATO Summit about the importance of allied nations meeting the pledge made at the Wales Summit and commit to sharing the costs of maintaining the largest and most successful alliance in history in a responsible and fair way. NATO has demonstrated time and again its ability to respond quickly, effectively, and efficiently to defend its members against any type of threat and to meet challenges like violent extremism emerging outside the Euro-Atlantic region.
Seven months later, I had the chance to help organize a Foreign Press Center (FPC) international reporting tour on "The Importance of Meeting Pledge on Defense Investment (PDI) Commitments for NATO Collective Defense. Our audience: 15 of the most influential and experienced television, radio, and print journalists from 12 NATO countries. Our mission: Give them access to people, sites, and experiences that not only show them the continued commitment of the United States to European defense, but also to expose them, in a quantitative and logical way, to the value of a united alliance in which the cost of defending its members is equitably shared.
These are questions that are personal to me, and to the many other spouses of active members of our Armed Forces: what does it mean for us to have our family members put their lives on the line to defend faraway countries and people we've never met?