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Defense Secretary James N. Mattis is traveling to Europe to reaffirm key partnerships and alliances. He plans to meet with defense leaders in Rome before traveling to Brussels for a NATO Defense Ministerial. Mattis wraps up his trip in Germany, where he will meet with the leaders and troops from U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command and attend the 54th Munich Security Conference.
President Donald J. Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill that includes $700 billion for defense spending, which defense leaders say is the largest military budget in history, reversing years of decline and unpredictable funding.
Defense Department officials issued guidance for the federal shutdown when Congress failed to pass a continuing resolution or a full budget by 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 8, 2018.
The United States is demonstrating to NATO allies and the world its continued commitment to peace, security and stability in Europe.
In light of the realities of the contemporary threat environment, the 2018 NPR presents an assessment of US nuclear policy that is consistent with past US policy by placing priority on the need to deter potential adversaries, assure allies and partners, and hedge against future risks, while also seeking greater cooperation where possible in support of arms control and global non-proliferation efforts.
The Defense Department recognizes the bravery and exceptional service of military and civilian African Americans by commemorating National African American History Month.