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NATO Foresees More Europe Defense Outlays as It Braces for Trump

  • Alliance raises forecasts of military spending through 2020
  • European nations also to contribute more to NATO’s own budget
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Nov. 29.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Nov. 29.Photographer: John Thys/AFP via Getty Images

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization forecast higher military spending by U.S. allies before a summit where President Donald Trump may repeat a demand for Europe to foot more of the common security bill.

NATO raised its projection of extra defense expenditure by European member countries and Canada in 2016-2020 to $130 billion in total from $100 billion. The alliance also produced its first forecast of these countries’ combined increase for the period through 2024: $400 billion.