I served eight years as an active member of the US Air Force where I purchased cyber security weapons systems and I continue to serve in the Air Force Reserves, I also completed two tours of duty in Afghanistan. Too much is at stake in the 21st Century to bet on inexperienced leaders: the disastrous Biden Administration withdrawal from Afghanistan that left 13 marines dead and people clinging to planes is a stark reminder of what's at stake. Today, it has become a safe haven for terrorist yet again. The number one job of Congress is to keep America safe, strong and our military edge sharp. I intend to use my identity and experience as a military officer to get the job done.
My approach to national security is simple: stay tight with our allies and partners, innovate, and deter threats.
As Congressman I will:
Strengthen and expand our relationships with allies and partners.
America's greatest source of soft power is the breadth and depth of our partnerships, allies and international alliances. We must continue to strengthen and expand these relationships by working together every day, whether in operations or in exercises around the globe to show our adversaries that we are interoperable, capable, and, most importantly, united.
Alongside our NATO Allies, we must continue to demonstrate unwavering resolve in supporting Ukraine against Russia’s war of aggression. NATO’s united front against Moscow’s illegal war is pivotal to strengthening transatlantic security but we must be clear eyed about continued support to avoid broader escalation of the conflict and another forever war.
In the Indo-Pacific, it is critical that we enhance our already strong defense relationships to counter the threat of China. Our ability to work with Japan, Australia, India, and many other nations is the key to defending our homeland, integrated deterrence, and demonstrating the capability and capacity to prevail in conflict. Only a credible, united group of allies and partners can deter China’s malign action and preserve freedom of navigation in the South China Sea and throughout the region.
We must continue our steadfast support for Israel’s security to uphold democracy and stability in the Middle East. A cornerstone of this support is our robust defense cooperation and technology exchange, especially on missile and air defenses and sales of military aircraft.
Unleash innovation and deter threats. Our military requires budgetary certainty to enable innovation that will keep us ahead of 21st century threats. To maintain our technological edge over our adversaries, we must do business differently. Key investments in emerging technology, weapon systems modernization and expanding our industrial capacity particularly in ship building for the Navy and Merchant Marines. We must harness the power of innovation, both government and commercial, to realize the promise of artificial intelligence, autonomous systems, and other disruptive tech.
Strengthen All Voluntary Military. In 2023, the All-Voluntary Military Force turned 50 years old. Our people are our greatest source of strength, but today's service members are stressed with an array of challenges including food insecurity. According to the most recent Pentagon survey of the force, nearly 1 in 4 active-duty servicemembers — or about 286,800 people, not counting their family members — suffer food insecurity. Congress has yet to figure out a solution but if elected this will be a top priority of my office. We are also experiencing challenging recruiting trends as the propensity to serve in the military among 18-24 is at record lows. The solution to the recruiting challenge is multifaceted but with focused and sincere leadership I believe we can enhance the idea of service among young people.