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Donald Trump campaign says defense experts “praise his plan”


This news story was published on October 19, 2016.
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OPEN LETTER FROM DEFENSE EXPERTS PRAISING DONALD J. TRUMP’S DEFENSE PLAN

We Believe That Donald Trump Is A Better Choice Than Hillary Clinton To Move Our Military In The Right Direction As President Of The United States.

The following open letter supporting Donald Trump’s defense plan was released today by the country’s most experienced and renowned defense experts including current and former congressional leaders like Michael McCaul and Peter Hoekstra; distinguished military leaders like General Bob Magnus and Medal of Honor recipient Major General James Livingston; and former senior executive branch appointees like Secretary of the Air Force Michael Wynne. These leaders represent hundreds of years of combined experience defending this country and its national security interests. The letter can be viewed below:

“As individuals who have served our country in Congress, the Executive Branch, or in uniform, we write to support strongly Donald Trump’s recently released plan to rebuild our military.

‘Over the last eight years, the U.S. military has been faced with reckless cuts by the Obama Administration and the dangers incurred by defense sequestration. Concurrently, the world has grown increasingly dangerous and unstable, from ISIS attacks around the world to Russian intervention in Eastern Europe to Chinese adventurism in the South China Sea. Cutting commissary benefits by 30% and restricting cost of living raises to 1.6% send a telling message to our warriors, many of whom spent 50% of their careers in combat zones.

‘Our military requires a serious and substantial investment to overcome the neglect of recent years and rebuild to meet tomorrow’s challenges and threats. The bipartisan National Defense Panel has stipulated that $611 billion was the minimum defense spending required to meet the national security requirements of our country. We are confident Mr. Trump is committed to removing the sequester limit on Defense spending and to increasing the level of investment in defense so our war fighters are properly trained, equipped and ready to face ever more complex threats with dominant military strength.

‘We believe that Mr. Trump, in consultation with us and distinguished experts in the national security community, will work with active military leadership and Congress to establish and implement a serious and comprehensive long-term plan to rebuild our services. Our military force structure must be based on sound operational plans driven by a thorough and unvarnished threat assessment. Looking to the future, it is not unrealistic to set a target force structure, which would include a 350 ship Navy, an Army with an end strength of 540,000, an Air Force of at least 1,200 active fighter aircraft, and a Marine Corps of 36 battalions. Such growth phased within budget reality represents the kind of targeted investment our services need today and is grounded in the kind of serious and sober strategic thinking our country needs in these perilous times by a peace through strength policy. Mr. Trump’s intention to reform the Defense Department, including a full audit and focused acquisition reform, is much needed and long overdue. His commitment to a comprehensive ballistic missile defense is indispensable in a world of rogue actors and missile proliferation. And we appreciate his understanding of the cyber threat and the steps we must take to defeat it.

‘The men and women of our nation’s military have served gallantly over the last fifteen years, and we as a country owe them a debt that can never fully be repaid. We must now provide them every resource necessary to execute their missions and come home safely.We believe that Donald Trump is a better choice than Hillary Clinton to move our military in the right direction as President of the United States.”

List of defense experts praising Donald J. Trump’s defense plan:

-U.S. Representative Michael McCaul (TX), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee
-U.S. Representative Jeff Miller (FL), Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee -U.S. Representative J. Randy Forbes (VA), House Armed Services Committee
-U.S. Representative Trent Franks (AZ), House Armed Services Committee
-U.S. Representative Duncan Hunter (CA), House Armed Services Committee
-U.S. Representative Stephen Palazzo (MS), House Armed Services Committee -U.S. Representative Bill Shuster (PA), House Armed Services Committee
-U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke (MT), House Armed Services Committee
-U.S. Representative Jeff Duncan (SC), House Foreign Affairs Committee
-U.S. Representative Tom Emmer (MN), House Foreign Affairs Committee -U.S. Representative Tom Marino (PA), House Foreign Affairs Committee
-U.S. Representative Scott Perry (PA), House Foreign Affairs Committee -GEN Terrence R. Dake, USMC (Ret.)
-GEN Robert Magnus, USMC (Ret.)
-LTG Michael T. Flynn, USA (Ret.)
-LTG Jay Garner, USA (Ret.)
-LTG Ronald Hite, USA (Ret.)
-LtGen Jack Klimp, USMC (Ret.)
-VADM J. Theodore Parker, USN (Ret.)
-MajGen B.G. Hollingsworth, USMC (Ret.)
-RADM Charles Kubic, USN (Ret.)
-MajGen James E. Livingston, USMC (Ret.), Medal of Honor Recipient
-RDML Don Loren, USN (Ret.), former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense -RDML Charles Williams, USN (Ret.)
-Hon. Bob Kasten, former U.S. Senator from Wisconsin,
-Hon. Peter Hoekstra, former U.S. Representative from Michigan, former Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee
-Hon. Bob Livingston, former U.S. Representative from Louisiana, former Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee
-Hon. Bob McEwen, former U.S. Representative from Ohio -Hon. Michael Wynne, former Secretary of the Air Force
-Hon. Christopher B. Burnham, former Under Secretary-General of the United Nations for Management
-Mr. Richard Grenell, former Spokesman to four U.S. Ambassadors to the United Nations -Hon. Van Hipp, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army
-Dr. Michael Pillsbury, former Assistant Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Planning -Mr. Christian Whiton, former Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of State
-Hon. Stephen Yates, former Deputy Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs

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13 Responses to Donald Trump campaign says defense experts “praise his plan”

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 20, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    Why would they support him,he never supported the Military he screwed the government by not paying Taxes.Where are all the good business people he has worked with standing up him.Answer there is none standing up saying he is a great person to work with.Moat are Republican hacks that are trying to right by what they got wrong the first time around.Ask the steel workers what they think of him?Only person he cares about is himself,just look how he lived his life.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      October 21, 2016 at 7:38 am

      That is the way all CEO’s are trained.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        October 21, 2016 at 7:39 am

        They make decisions based on fact and necessity. Never on emotion. Their businesses would not survive if they didn’t.

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 20, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Hillarys idea of cleaning out the ghettos is recalling the draft and invading another country – NOT many rich kids went to Nam unless they were officers -grads from rotc. I was in the military in that era and what I saw is what I saw.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      October 20, 2016 at 8:19 pm

      Binh Thuy, Mekong Delta 1970-71 here…. and you are an asshole full of bullshit.

      • Reality Check Reply Report comment

        October 20, 2016 at 9:55 pm

        Thank you for your sacrifice and service.

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 20, 2016 at 7:44 am

    Since my welfare checks have resumed along with subsidized housing/heating/food stamps I can afford to go shopping and I renounce you calling me a porch person – I am now part of the democratic society and will be expecting a bigger piece of the pie like my zero heros obam and clunton. So There!

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 20, 2016 at 7:36 am

    Merkel/Clinton what difference does it make if they are stupidly/dishonest crooks living in a delusional dream? Which one of them will have their book out first – titled — How I destroyed a country.

  5. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 20, 2016 at 7:28 am

    Stew Stew Stew ! – You are either a clintonite/liar or incredibly stupid.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      October 20, 2016 at 8:08 pm

      You are quickly approaching the stupidity level of that ignorant old geezer.

      Your asinine comments are steadily reaching towards the level of the idiotic and inane rantings of the stupid old coot that resides here,

      Are you possibly related to each other?
      You appear to be from the same defective gene pool

  6. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 19, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    Dumbest thing I ever heard was Obumer and Hitlary telling the enemy what they were going to do. Stupid.

  7. Lawsteward Reply Report comment

    October 19, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    …I have looked and looked and have never heard of any of these people…must be minor players?

  8. Allen Reply Report comment

    October 19, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    Peace through strength policy, yes, it is possible to rebuild our military to the point where once again the violent countries and their people will set up and take notice. To survive in this violent world, we must stop apologizing like the whipped pup we have become.