If you needed reassurance that Mattis not just knows NATO but feels it, you got that in his remarks on Wednesday.
The Defense Secretary and the Vice President can either bring a message of unity and leadership to ease allies … or not.
Theresa May's visit is a test for which the Trump administration needs to study.
Jim Townsend just completed eight years as President Barack Obama’s deputy assistant secretary of defense for Europe and NATO. This capped more than two decades of working with European allies and partners to build a post-Cold War transatlantic community. Along the way, he worked on issues that ranged from NATO enlargement to managing coalitions for military campaigns in Libya, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, rebuilding U.S. force presence in Europe, and NATO reform. His greatest accomplishment is being married to Joan Townsend and having three wonderful children: Carolyn, Jimmy, and Beth.