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Issue Position: National Defense

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In 1776 America's founding fathers "mutually pledged to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor." So began America's National Defense. As your Congressman I am dedicated to maintaining this level of commitment to our daughters and sons who risk their lives, fortunes and sacred honor on our behalf. By 1787, America's Constitution made our National Defense the foremost priority of our federal government. As a consequence America's military prowess has been unmatched on the world stage.

I am proud of the Tennessee Valley's rich heritage and support for National Defense. For generations the Tennessee Valley has educated, trained, armed, and equipped many a fine Soldier. For decades, my father (a World War II veteran) and thousands of others worked hard on Redstone Arsenal to ensure that America's Soldier was provided the safest and most lethal weapons available. As a result of this hard work the Redstone Arsenal was selected as the operational headquarters of the U.S. Army Materiel Command and the Missile Defense Agency.

The U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC) is the Army's premier provider of materiel readiness, technology, acquisition support, materiel development, logistics power projection, and sustainment -- to the total force, across the spectrum of joint military operations. If a Soldier shoots it, drives it, flies it, wears it, eats it or communicates with it, AMC provides it. As your Congressional Representative I am prepared to support AMC with every vote I make to insure that our Soldiers are equipped with All of the technologies necessary to defeat our enemies and return home to raise our next generation of Soldiers, engineers, scientists, and technology professionals.

The Missile Defense Agency's (MDA) mission is to develop, test, and field an integrated, layered, ballistic missile defense system (BMDS) to defend the United States, its deployed forces, allies, and friends against all ranges of enemy ballistic missiles in all phases of flight. It is the current policy of the United States to deploy an effective National Missile Defense system with funding subject to the annual authorization (National Missile Defense Act of 1999, Public Law 106-38 signed by President Clinton). As your Congressional Representative I am prepared to support MDA with every vote I make to ensure the United States is defended against ballistic missile attack (whether accidental, unauthorized, or deliberate).

The Tennessee Valley, from Oak Ridge to Huntsville, has been a cornerstone for America's research and development efforts that have empowered our military with cutting edge technology. America must maintain our weapons research and development edge because history has shown us we cannot afford to be second.

Where would we be today if the World War II Axis Powers had developed the atomic bomb first? Thank you Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Where would we be today if America's Cold War enemies had been the first to develop missile stealth technologies and guidance systems that have uncanny accuracy? Thank you U.S. Army MICOM, and later SMDC and AMCOM.

Where will we be tomorrow if the enemies of freedom are the first to develop the next generation of military helicopters, UAVs, ground vehicles, or missile defense weaponry? Thank you in advance AMC and MDA.

America is not immune from the lessons of history. We cannot afford to be second in anything that risks our most prized possessions, the American Soldier and the American Citizen. We must adequately fund all essential technologies for defense weaponry. We cannot afford to slash Army aviation, tactical vehicles/missiles, UAVs, communications, etc. lest our Soldiers become vulnerable to the very enemy we send them to fight. We cannot slash our missile defense or any other critical defense program at a time of heightened risk from rogue nations and terrorists who would love nothing more than to boast about how they hurt an American city, ruined America's economy, or brought America to her knees.

In a time when federal government spending far exceeds anything in history, how it is possible that National Defense is being slashed while our Soldiers are ask to "pledge . . . their lives, fortunes and sacred honor"? During the 2008 election campaign, then-candidate Parker Griffith promised voters that he would "ensure . . . that we fund our defense programs at the highest levels". Parker Griffith severely undermined this promise, as well as our National Defense, when he voted to empower Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House. Nancy Pelosi and her allies (Barney Frank, Maxine Waters, etc.) simply do not have National Defense as America's highest funding priority. Thanks to the leadership of Nancy Pelosi, supported by Parker Griffith, America's defense is under attack from the only opponent that can defeat it.

The House leadership puts America in jeopardy every time it takes money from critical defense programs devised to protect our Soldiers and Country and shifts it to vote-getting wealth-transfer programs which do nothing to assist our Soldiers in coming home. However, these funds do much to buy votes that help reelect Congressional Representatives who enjoy the freedom our Soldiers provide.

While the threatened deterioration of our military by Nancy Pelosi, Parker Griffith, Barney Frank, Maxine Waters and their allies is economically bad for the Tennessee Valley, I am most concerned about the lives of our American Soldiers and the Citizenry.

As your Congressman, I will fight to restore National Defense to its proper prominence. I will start by joining Congressional Representatives from around the nation and vote to unseat Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House, thus helping to make the U.S. House a bastion of support for American military prowess. This in turn will unleash AMC, MDA, and the entire Tennessee Valley to spearhead the research, development, test, evaluation, manufacturing, and field support necessary to maintain America's National Defense, and to strengthen our Homeland Defense with dual-use technologies developed by the military.

I urge all American citizens to do everything within their power to join our political revolution which must begin with the dethroning of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her allies. Quite candidly, it makes no sense for the Tennessee Valley to elect a Congressman who supports and empowers a Speaker of the House that so willingly risks America's security in so many different ways.

Please join our fight. It is a fight we must win because it is a fight America, and every Soldier we send into harm's way, simply cannot afford to lose.


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