America must have a strong military in order to deter threats and protect our nation in the face of danger after we have exhausted diplomatic efforts or are required to respond to an imminent threat. That is why I support having a national security budget that is equal to at least four percent of gross domestic product. Also, our national security and foreign policy institutions must work to deter or prevent our enemies from threatening us and our allies with weapons of mass destruction. If necessary, America must be able to project power to different parts of the world simultaneously, and a robust, appropriately supported, long-range bomber fleet, based in separate geographic locations is key to our nation’s power projection capabilities. For this reason I am proud to support the 28th Bomb Wing based at Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City, which is home to half of our nation’s B-1B Lancer fleet, as well as ground control stations for the MQ-9 Reaper located in hotspots around the world. A strong American military will help strengthen and stabilize our friends and allies, and assist emerging democracies across the globe that share our American values.
National Security and Foreign Policy
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