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As the threats facing our country have evolved over the years, so too has our ability to respond to them. Our national security personnel are the most dynamic and well-trained in the world, and we must never forget the solemn duty that they fulfill for our nation. Democrats are committed to ensuring that our troops have the training, equipment, and support that they need when they are deployed and the care that they and their families need and deserve when they return home.

Democrats and President Obama are focused on preventing terrorism across the globe. This means continuing to invest heavily in intelligence and information sharing and promoting those networks among our allies. We will continue to strengthen our ability to keep nuclear and biological weapons out of the hands of terrorists, address efforts to better ensure border security, and augment defense of our national infrastructure.

President Obama has made significant steps to restore America’s image around the world by rebuilding strategic alliances with countries that share our values and face common threats.

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Recent Action
Ending the war in Iraq
President Obama withdrew 140,000 American troops from Iraq, turning over security responsibility to Iraqi Security Forces and effectively ending the U.S. combat presence in Iraq.
Securing America’s borders
Democrats passed the Southwest Border Security Supplemental to bolster the work of federal law enforcement officials and improve their ability to partner with state, local, and tribal law enforcement.
Reducing the threat of nuclear weapons
President Obama signed a new START Treaty, pledging to reduce the number of nuclear warheads that the United States and Russia maintain.