Hawaii is only U.S. state not covered by NATO defense agreement

Written by on March 31, 2024

Sweden approved as newest NATO member

WASHINGTON -- Sweden became the newest member of NATO earlier this month, joining 31 nations in the security alliance, including the United States.

Well, make that 49 of the 50 United States.

Because, in a quirk of geography and history, Hawaii is not technically covered by the NATO pact.

If a foreign power attacked Hawaii -- say the U.S. Navy's base at Pearl Harbor or the headquarters of the Indo-Pacific Command northwest of Honolulu -- the members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization would not be obligated . . .

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