Strengthening National Security

I support a strong national defense and maintaining a strong state of readiness for our military. Our men and women in uniform are risking their lives for us every day and they should have what they need to defend our country and protect themselves in combat. Sequestration and the threat of government shutdowns have unnecessarily put our military at risk. I will fight to end sequestration and stand up to any attempt to shut down the U.S. government. It is irresponsible, short-sighted and puts our men and women in uniform at risk.

Our military families are America’s unsung heroes. We must support our military spouses and their children before, during, and after their loved ones’ deployment. I am committed to fighting for adequate pay and benefits, access to quality healthcare, housing, emotional and family support, education and child care.

Our military strategy must be designed and implemented by seasoned professionals and without the empty bluster and irresponsible Tweets. Bullying is not a military strategy. Our current approach signals weakness to our enemies and allies alike. Governments around the world understand that our commander-in-chief lacks a strong and coherent strategy. We must always pursue diplomatic engagement and solutions first. We must never prepare to go to war without preparing to take care of our men and women in uniform when they return.

America’s military is the best and most powerful in the world, but its people are its heart. As the granddaughter of a WWII Veteran, I had the honor to serve on Capitol Hill and in the Department of Veterans Affairs, so, I have seen the human cost of starting a war without a plan to secure peace. Any decision to put American servicemen and women in harm’s way should be taken seriously and be based on our country’s values, strategic interests, and above all, the safety of the American people.

Finally, we must also protect against cyber threats. Virginia is home to the largest cybersecurity workforce in the country. We must make cybersecurity a priority and invest in new innovations to protect our systems and ensure our democracy is not undermined or threatened by cyberattacks.

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