Portugal’s defense minister targets NATO defense spending goals

When the 29 NATO states gather in Brussels for the biannual NATO Summit from July 11-12, expect a heavy focus on the eastern flank with Russia. But it is important to remember that some NATO nations reside on the other side of the continent? and have different geographic priorities. José Alberto de Azeredo Lopes, the minister of defense for Portugal, believes NATO needs to reassess its internal structures to better deal with new challenges from Africa, Iraq, and Syria. He talked about that, and the infamous defense-spending target of 2 percent of the gross domestic product, with Defense News on June 13.


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