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.
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, South Dakota, which is home to half of our nation’s B-1B Lancer fleet as well as 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.
|10/19/18||My Commitment to Ellsworth|
|6/8/18||Big Wins for the American People|
|5/4/18||Ellsworth Only Getting Stronger|
|2/23/18||Thune Announces Appointments to U.S. Service Academies|
|9/22/17||Getting Our Troops the Resources They Need to Succeed|
|8/25/17||Making Good on America’s Commitment to Our Veterans|
|6/6/17||Thune Welcomes Senate Passage of the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act|
|12/8/16||Thune Statement on Passage of NDAA Conference Report, Critical Fix to Impact Aid Program|
|9/6/16||Senate Dems Block Zika, National Defense Funding Again|
|8/19/16||I’ll Never Stop Fighting for Ellsworth|