We live in a dangerous world and my goal is to keep our nation secure.  That is why a strong national defense is so important to the security and protection of the American people.  We must ensure that our military remains the most effective and capable military in the world.  Acts of terror around the world and here at home underscore that they are still determined to destroy our way of life.  

I will work to make certain that our military has the most effective and technologically-advanced weapons systems and hardware available.  I will listen to and follow the counsel of our military leaders when they tell Congress what weapons they need - and what they do not need. 

With rogue nations like Iran and North Korea continuing to develop ballistic missile arsenals and enriching uranium, it is more important than ever that we send a clear message that we will defend our shores and fulfill commitments we have made to allies. We must continue to push for strong sanctions against countries such as Iran, North Korea and Russia. issue_defense

The security and safety of the American people must continue to be the number one priority of the federal government.  For that reason I oppose the decision to close Guantanamo Bay and will continue to work to keep terrorists out of our country and away from American families, children and communities.   Putting these terrorists in American communities and giving them all the rights of a U.S. citizen, including full access to our legal system, is a grave mistake.

The war against terror must continue.  It is important that we provide our men and women in uniform with all of the resources they need to succeed.  Abandoning our efforts against terrorism would jeopardize the safety and security of the United States.