National Security and Foreign Policy

America must have a strong military to deter would-be adversaries and, when diplomatic efforts fail, protect our nation from acts or imminent threats of violence. 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 prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and eliminate the threat such weapons pose to us and our allies.

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 near Rapid City, which is home to half of our nation’s B-1B Lancer fleet as well as to ground control stations for the MQ-9 Reaper aircraft.

A strong American military will help strengthen and stabilize our friends and allies, and promote democracy, human rights, and other American values across the globe.