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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.

Recent Updates
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    In a historic moment for the Department of Defense, the LGBT community, and the entire nation, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta recognized LGBT pride month this morning with a video message thanking LGBT soldiers for their service, and celebrating the successful implementation of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.

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  • Welcoming our Men and Women Home with Open Arms

    On the ninth anniversary of the start of the Iraq War, we asked Democrats to take a moment to thank some of the 1.5 million men and women who served our country over the past nine years. We received some truly touching responses, many from veterans of past wars who share a special bond with our nation’s newest veterans, and we wanted to share some of their thoughts with you. Others echoed the sentiments of President Obama when he welcomed troops home at Fort Bragg in December. They promised to honor the sacrifices that these brave men and women made and that so many continue to make in Afghanistan and around the world today.

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  • Why I Support the President

    There are numerous reasons to support the re-election of President Obama but his steadfast support of the military is number one! In addition, he remembers that once a conflict is over, one needs to see to the needs of our returning forces.

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  • No contest on foreign policy

    The Romney campaign appears to have missed the news that the Cold War ended decades ago. Combine that with Romney's failure to release a detailed plan for keeping our country safe and strengthening our alliances, and it's clear that this is not the team we want navigating the ever-changing foreign policy challenges of the 21st century.

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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.