Think of the Atlantic Ocean as a bridge, not a barrier. It connects the Americas, especially the United States and Canada, with Europe—the historical, linguistic, and cultural wellspring for nearly 70 percent of our population. From Europe come our system of governance, our most extensive network of military and political allies, our largest trading partners, and the most heavily traversed trading routes. What links us, in part, with Europe and even as far as the Pacific nations of Australia, Japan, and South Korea, is the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
Sailing Across the Bridge
The North American Treaty Organization can advance the security and prosperity of member and non-member nations not only through its land forces, but by cooperating on the seas.
By Admiral James G. Stavridis, U.S. Navy