A Better Way To Keep Us Safe And Free
A Confident America keeps its people safe, and keeps the peace in a dangerous world.
Our nation’s foreign policy is failing at nearly every turn. From refusing to enforce its red line in Syria, to legitimizing Iran’s nuclear enrichment program, to its failed reset with Russia, to cavalierly dismissing the retreat while the most dangerous terrorist organization in history emerged. the Obama administration has experimented with a new foreign policy concept — leading from behind — that can now be declared an unambiguous failure.
Our enemies no longer fear us and our allies no longer trust us. Terrorists and rogue regimes are stepping up to fill the void, leading to a humanitarian catastrophe in Syria that is causing the worst refugee crisis in World War II.
1. Push our defenses outward and close security vulnerabbilities in our transportation and immigration systems.
2. Streamline our security programs and strengthen information sharing.
3. Press our allies to better combat terrorist and foreign-fighter travel.
4. Prevent domestic radicalization and recruitment.
5. Prepare to respond to and recover from attacks.
6. Put in place robust, layered defenses to stop unlawful entry.
7. Gain operational control and situational awareness across the entire border.
8. Conduct enhanced screening of aliens seeking admission to the U.S. and bringing security vetting into the digital age.
9. Develop the means to track illegal aliens within the United States.
10. Detain and remove criminal aliens and restore overall immigration enforcement within the United States.
11. Treat U.S. network security as a central element of national security.
12. Keep pace with cyber threats and deploy effective countermeasures.
13. Improve federal assistance to state, local, and private-sector entities to protect networks.
14. Deter cyber adversaries and deliver justice to cyber assailants.
15. Find responsible solutions to the challenge of extremists and criminals “going dark” by using virtual safe havens.
16. Use all elements of national power to deny terrorists sanctuary to keep them on the run.
17. Adopt a wartime approach and keep all options on the table.
18. Shut down terrorist ratlines to and from conflict zones and safe havens.
19. Build a more active international coalition under strong U.S. leadership.
20. Develop a global strategy to win the war against Islamic terrorism.
21. Pursue long-term political solutions to keep terrorists from reemerging.
22. Combat extremist propaganda and empower credible voices.
23. Modernize America’s overt outreach efforts.
24. Work with allies and partners to build capacity to counter-message terror groups.
25. Engage the private sector to leverage new technology and reach new audiences.
26. Promote liberty and human dignity as the great alternative to repression and terror.
27. Decisively tackle emerging threats before they metastasize.
28. Recognize that leadership will at times require the use of military force and the attendant sacrifices.
29. Lead our allies to secure our common interests.
30. Insist that our allies carry their share of the common burden.
31. Affirm that no foriegn power will be allowed to dictate American action.
32. Underscore the importance of transatlantic alliances and modernize NATO.
33. Stand up to Russian aggression and bolster countries like Ukraine.
34. Recognize that our alliance with Israel is a cornerstone of stability in the Middle East.
35. Stop appeasement of Iran by tightening sanctions and confront regime hostility.
36. Engage allies and partners in Asia to counter a nuclear North Korea and to manage China’s ambitions and aggressive actions.
37. Combat proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and reemphasize deterrence.
38. Deepen relations with emerging powers like India.
39. Increase joint military exercises, training, and assistance and expedite defense sales.
40. Negotiate beneficial trade agreements that improve our economy and create jobs at home.
41. Advance the role of trade in expanding development abroad.
42. Prioritize foreign aid programs that build self-sufficiency in partner countries.
43. Hold foreign aid recipients accountable and use clear benchmarks to measure success.
44. Recognize that promoting freedom and human rights aligns America’s values with its strategic self-interests and bolsters our alliance structure and international standing.
45. Prioritize human fredom as part of diplomatic relations with foreign governments.
46. Strengthen civil society, transparency, accountability, and the rule of law abroad.
47. Support reforms to empower women in closed and transitioning societies.
48. Advance economic reforms and trade pacts that further democratic development.
49. Use U.S. assistance and strategic investments to incentivize political progress and stimulate improvements in education and health.
50. Reauthorize and reform key agencies including State Department and the United State Agency for International Development.
51. Revitalize our international broadcasting.
52. Protect freedom of the internet.
53. Reform our development assistance.
54. Provide the resources and support our troops and their families need.
55. Support the military readiness of our troops and direct needed resources to the manpower, skills, equipment, and capabilities necessary to perform, efficiently and effectively, the missions assigned by the commander in chief.
56. Conduct fair, aggressive, and thorough congressional oversight of the Pentegon, its policies, and its programs.
57. Continue foundational defense reforms in numerous areas, such as military health care, the commissary system, military justice, and the acquisition system.
58. Delay and simplify the DOD’s organizational structure to improve performance, efficiency, and effectiveness.
59. Reform the military healthcare system to safeguard the readiness of our armed forces while ensuring sustainable access to care for all beneficiaries.
60. End the Department of Veterans Affairs’s monopoly on veterans’ care, forcing the VA to operate more like a hospital system that must compete for funding, and affording veterans the option of receiving care through a community partner instead of the VA.
61. Require the VA to expand its partnership with community providers.
62. Support research on the physical and mental health issues prevalent in the veteran community and incorporating promising developments into the veterans’ healthcare system.
63. Aggressively oversee the VA to foster a new sense of commitment to its mission.
64. Reform the VA personnel system so that employees who do not meet the standards of service rightly expected of them will no longer be tolerated.
65. Enhance our inteligence capabilities by increasing integration and investments in technology.
66. Increase cyber-threat sharing with the private sector.
67. Maintain the legal authorities necessary to gather information on foreign intelligence targets.