Germany announced it would set up a new NATO planning and control centre, in the west of the country, as part of the alliance's upgrade plans in Europe.

The new NATO centre would be used to keep shipping lanes safe from enemy submarines, as well as a logistics command focusing on moving troops quickly across Europe in any possible conflict. Unusually, it will not be integrated into the current NATO command structure.

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will join other allied defence minister...

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