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Amid Defense Buildup, NATO Summit Returns To Its Cold War Roots04:39
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Polish Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz speaks in front of a Polish Air Force F-16 fighter jet during a farewell ceremony of Polish soldiers leaving for Kuwait to take part in the operation Inherent Resolve, in Janow, Poland, Monday, July 4, 2016. (Alik Keplicz/AP)
Polish Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz speaks in front of a Polish Air Force F-16 fighter jet during a farewell ceremony of Polish soldiers leaving for Kuwait to take part in the operation Inherent Resolve, in Janow, Poland, Monday, July 4, 2016. (Alik Keplicz/AP)
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Tomorrow in Warsaw, Poland, the world's most powerful military alliance will have something of a reset.

In recent years, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization has been involved in conflicts well beyond Europe's borders, in places like Libya and Afghanistan. Along with a buildup of defenses against Russia, tomorrow's NATO summit — which President Obama will be attending — marks a return to NATO's Cold War origins. NPR's David Welna reports.

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David Welna, NPR's national security correspondent. He tweets @dwelna.

This segment aired on July 7, 2016.

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