Jon Huntsman President 2012

National Security

Al-Qaeda and other groups have evolved since 9-11 in response to our efforts against them, and we must adapt accordingly.

NATIONAL SECURITY

Key Priorities:

Afghanistan: Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, the United States invaded Afghanistan to prevent Al-Qaeda terrorists from continuing to train freely and plot attacks against our country. Our brave men and women in the U.S. military and intelligence community can be proud of their accomplishments: Al-Qaeda has been largely driven from Afghanistan, the Taliban has been removed from governing power, and Osama Bin Laden has been killed. Yet, our mission has evolved into an ill-advised counterinsurgency campaign which continues to carry heavy costs in terms of blood and treasure.

Rebuilding Our Core: The world needs American leadership now more than ever yet we are struggling to provide it. Too many Americans are out of work. We have a debt crisis affecting our national strength and we have an outdated tax and regulatory system that is strangling our economy.It is time to compete. Rebuilding our core requires a sober-minded assessment of our global commitments. The great men and women of our armed forces should be proud of what has been accomplished in Iraq and Afghanistan. We still live in a dangerous world, and events may be thrust upon us where we must act to protect our vital national interests.

Counterterrorism: Al-Qaeda and other groups have evolved since 9-11 in response to our efforts against them, and we must adapt accordingly. Terrorist networks have become more diffuse, their modes of operation have become more difficult to detect, and the sophistication of their potential means of attack is growing. They are being creative in considering new ways to target our economy, our security, and indeed our daily psyche. Whether employing technical means such as cyber attacks and the targeting of critical infrastructure, or crude one-man shooting sprees in crowded public venues, we must be as flexible in our prevention as they are in their execution. Above all, we cannot allow these groups to acquire and employ weapons of mass destruction.

Force Transformation: Sustaining America's leadership position in the world requires we continue to maintain the world's most capable military. But being the best will not simply be a function of spending the most. Staying on top will increasingly depend on our willingness to adapt to the realities of the security environment in the 21st century, and prioritizing the right way with respect to the future of our armed forces.

Taking Care of our Veterans: Maintaining the best military will not simply be a function of spending the most. Staying on top will increasingly depend on our willingness to adapt to the realities of the security environment in the 21st century, and prioritizing correctly to structure our armed forces to meet current and future threats – including asymmetrical threats. Transformation of our forces is required to be prepared for future wars, and to better orient for a Pacific-centric century.

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