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Veterans, Military Leaders Say Climate Change and Energy Security are National Security Priorities

Report 10 September 2009
Today veterans from around the country join former Republican Senator John Warner at the White House to make the case for action on climate change and energy security. National security experts, retired military officials, and many prominent conservatives are in agreement that the twin challenges of climate change and energy security pose a threat to our way of life, global order, and our security. Tackling these issues will require action from all areas of government. The House of Representatives recently took a hugely important step in passing energy and climate change legislation, but the legislation now looks to be bogged down in the Senate. Warner's leadership and the military's concern highlight that energy security and climate change are not partisan issues - they are long-term challenges to our security, our economy and our way of life that we need to start meeting as a nation now. Pretending we can just go on as we are isn't just ignorant, it's dangerous.
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Military

Obama Plays Hardball on Defense Budget

Report 15 July 2009
In a letter to Congress, President Obama reiterated his warning that he will veto the 2010 defense budget if money for the F-22 fighter is included. Obama and Secretary Gates are finally attempting to eliminate wasteful Cold War-era weapons that not only do nothing to enhance our security.
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Military

Building the Military We Need

Report 15 May 2009
In a tremendous departure from Rumsfeld, Secretary Gates’ first priority has been to ensure that the troops on the ground get all the equipment and resources they need to do their jobs.  Through his focus on the immediate challenges of the current wars, Gates hopes to rebalance the military, better positioning it to address both the conventional and irregular threats of the 21st century. 
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Afghanistan

Decisive Steps in Afghanistan-Pakistan

Report 12 May 2009
Against a backdrop of violence and civilian casualties, the last few days have witnessed strong moves by the Obama administration to complete the move to a counter-insurgency strategy – in the strategy and management of US forces in Afghanistan and in the actions of US allies in Pakistan.
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Afghanistan

Principles for an Afghanistan Strategy

Report 18 February 2009
As the Obama Administration begins a 60-day review of its Afghanistan strategy, a diverse group of progressive experts in development, counter-terrorism, regional politics and US politics came together to advise NSN on a set of principles that might guide both the Administration in building a new strategy and advocates in Congress, the media and the public in judging a proposed strategy.
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Terrorism & National Security

Upholding Values, Securing America

Report 23 January 2009
This week, President Barack Obama used his first few days in office to dramatically revamp U.S. foreign policy. President Obama has outlined a vision that restores American diplomacy, makes prudent use of our armed forces, and upholds our best values – making our core values a fundamental part of the effort to protect America, not an obstacle to it. 
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Afghanistan

Focusing on the Greatest Danger

Report 24 September 2008
Yesterday, in testimony in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Defense Secretary Gates said that military operations in Afghanistan require another 10,000 troops that he did not have because of Iraq. Gates also stated that the Al Qaeda safehaven in Northwest Pakistan represented the most direct threat to the U.S. homeland. This isn’t surprising.
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