The United States Military, International Threats to Peace,
Terrorism, and our Veterans
“We will fight them on the beaches…we will fight them in the hills…in the cities….we will never surrender”
- Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of Great Britain during World War Two
One basic reason the United States has survived as a nation for 242 years been our military forces. Our continued survival as a nation into the future will certainly depend on an effective military.
- I will support effective military programs necessary to defend our homeland and interests around the world. This means continuing our strategic triad of bombers, ICBM’s and ballistic missile submarines. In a world where we see increasing challenges in Asia, this also means a minimum of twelve aircraft carrier battle groups. We need to maintain NATO and Pacific bases, a 21st century cyber warfare capability, expanded capabilities in space, and more robust anti-ballistic missile capabilities. Considering Greenville-Spartanburg’s Lockheed Martin’s presence, Foreign Military Sales also represent a win-win for our nation's defense and for South Carolina, meaning the FMS process needs to be improved and simplified so allies and potential partners will be more inclined to “Buy American”.
- Terrorism, North Korea, Iran, the South China Sea, Africa, Ukraine, China-Taiwan -- there is no shortage of flashpoints. The CIA, State Department, the military, and other US government agencies must be supported and staffed to the extent necessary to give the President all the options and resources needed to deal with a very dangerous world. This is clearly not the time to be reducing our diplomatic presence. As Defense Secretary Mattis has said, if you cut the State Department the Defense Department will have to “buy more ammunition.”
- Veterans: After wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Korea, WW2, and even the Cold War – there are Veterans with special healthcare needs. PTSD, Agent Orange cancers, the Gulf War Syndrome, missing limbs, CTE, and other special healthcare challenges unique to Veterans are our responsibility. I do not support the privatization of VA, but I do support programs utilizing resources such as local private doctors and facilities to help our veterans more efficiently and quickly access earned healthcare whenever this is the better solution.
I am a veteran of the US Army. I served in the 1980’s when the wars were “cold”. I know first-hand the difficulties of maintaining operational readiness when low budgets create difficulties in obtaining basics like radio batteries, and when soldiers struggle to drive and maintain 40 year-old vehicles. Our military forces always have our back, and I will support getting them the resources and force structure levels they need to successfully accomplish the missions they are given.