US Defense Secretary to Press European Allies on Military Spending

U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis will press European allies on Wednesday to stick to a promise to increase military budgets as the United States offers an increase in its own defense spending in Europe. For the first time, NATO countries have submitted plans to show how they will reach a target to spend 2 percent of economic output on defense every year by 2024, after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to withdraw U.S. support for low-spending allies. Fifteen of the 28 countries,...

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