Foreign Policy and National Defense

 

I am very honored to have served in the U.S. Navy for the past 22 years, following in the footsteps of my grandfather who served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and The Korean War. As a Navy Reserve Commander, I served one year boots-on-the-ground in Baghdad, Iraq as the Chief of Iraq Drawdown Material Disposition and Policy in 2009. While there, I worked on laying out the plan to close all the bases in Iraq and bring our troops home by the end of 2011. I experienced firsthand the hardships that our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines face every day defending our freedom.


Our military is second to none other in the world. However, there are still many threats that we must address, from the Middle East to Asia, that would require our very capable men and women, both in uniform or in other capacities such as our diplomats, to help counter. Aggression against Americans through physical or cyber attacks by other countries or organizations must be deterred and stopped at the earliest stage possible to protect Americans at home and abroad.


As a veteran, I am committed to sustaining US Global Leadership by:

 

  • Protecting American interests as well as our allies from attacks from terrorist and rogue states and strengthening the protection of all US diplomats, military personnel, and their families serving abroad.

  • Ensuring that United States military capability will always be second to none.

  • Supporting the promotion of democracy and fundamental human rights.

  • Deepening and expanding our relationships with our allies to ensure regional stability and to promote security, prosperity, and human dignity.

  • Training locals rapidly in order to transition security responsibilities to Afghan security forces which will allow for the responsible drawdown of US troops from Afghanistan.

  • Engaging with regional allies to resolve conflicts and promote the non-proliferation of nuclear, biological, or chemical weapons by rogue states.



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