Apr 20 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced that they will again co-chair the Senate NATO Observer Group, which they established together in 2018. 
The expanded mission of the Senate NATO Observer Group is to closely monitor and inform Senators outside of national security committees about defense spending commitments of Alliance members, the process of upgrading military capabilities, the Alliance’s counter-terrorism capability and the ability of NATO member states to address non-conventional warfare. Tillis and Shaheen reaffirmed the Senate’s bipartisan support for NATO in a call with Secretary of State Antony Blinken yesterday.
“As the United States and its allies continue to face numerous and unconventional threats, it’s more important than ever that we reaffirm to the world our commitment to NATO. The Senate NATO Observer Group is an essential part of that commitment, and I proudly re-established this initiative with Senator Shaheen on a bipartisan basis in 2018 to keep our colleagues in the Senate informed of updates surrounding our NATO allies,” said Senator Tillis. “I look forward to using this platform to discuss how our alliance can better prepare for hybrid, and in particular, cyber threats from Russia and other adversaries. We stand with many of our Senate colleagues to recognize the importance of a strong and committed NATO alliance, as our community of democracies continues to expand and thrive.”
Senators Tillis and Shaheen are both members of the Senate Armed Services Committee.