Over 90% of our active military personnel want President Bush to remain their leader.  Since we are in the middle of 4 conflicts, it makes sense to vote for the candidate that has the majority of our military's support.  This webpage will continue to detail President Bush's accomplishments and goals for the future in regard to homeland security and national security. However, you are encouraged to learn more about both Presidential candidates by visiting their websites:  www.georgewbush.com and www.johnkerry.com and making your own educated choice regarding November's election. 

Why Bush?

Defending our nation against its enemies is the first and fundamental commitment of the federal government. On September the 11th, 2001, America learned that oceans will no longer protect us from the threats of a new era. On that day, the President set in motion a relentless worldwide campaign against terrorists, in order to secure our homeland and to make the world a more peaceful place.

In September 2002, the President defined and sent to Congress the National Security Strategy of the United States of America. In it he offers a bold vision for protecting our Nation that realizes today’s new realities and new opportunities. It calls on America to use our position of unparalleled strength and influence to create a balance of power that favors freedom.

The strategy has three pillars:

  • We will defend the peace by opposing and preventing violence by terrorists and outlaw regimes.
  • We will preserve the peace by fostering an era of good relations among the world’s great powers.
  • And we will extend the peace by seeking to extend the benefits of freedom and prosperity across the globe.

As the world’s most powerful nation, President Bush believes that the United States has a special responsibility to help make the world more secure.

Strengthening America’s Defense

President Bush made a clear commitment to provide the nation with the best trained, best equipped and most effective military force in the world – no matter what it takes. The President’s budget will enable the Department of Defense to continue waging an aggressive and global war on terrorism while supporting the transformation of our nation’s military capabilities. The budget also follows through on the President’s continued commitment to improving the quality of life for our military personnel and their families.

  • President Bush’s budget proposed $379.9 billion for the Department of Defense, increasing defense spending by $15.3 billion.
  • The budget fully reflects the Bush Administration’s defense strategy, which calls for a focus on countering 21st century threats such as terrorism.
  • The United States must strengthen its defenses to protect the nation’s interests and to assure a leading role in global affairs.

The President believes that the men and women who choose to serve this country deserve not only our respect, but also our support in terms of pay, housing and other quality-of-life issues.

Increasing Military Pay

  • The President is committed to taking good care of our military personnel and their families. His fiscal year 2004 budget builds on pay increases of 4% or more in the last two budgets.
  • The budget funds a range of military pay increases from 2 to 6.25%, targeted by rank and years of service. These pay increases enhance our military’s ability to retain its most experienced, soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines.

Renovating Military Housing

The President is committed to a full range of quality of life programs, including the renovation of military housing.

  • In 2002 President Bush made sure that there was an additional $400 million made available to improve military housing.
  • The 2004 budget keeps the Department of Defense on track in its plan to eliminate inadequate military housing. 163,000 inadequate housing units will be eliminated by 2007.
  • The Bush Administration proposes to reduce average out-of-pocket expenses for military families living in local communities to zero by 2005. During 2003, such expenses will drop to 7.5% from 15.0% in 2001.

Improving Military Training

  • The FY 04 budget sustains increased funding levels for training from last year, so that U.S. forces are fully prepared for waging the war on terror and meeting other commitments. The budget robustly funds the Services’ training goals, as measured in aircraft flying hours, ship steaming days, and ground vehicle miles.

Winning the War on Terror

  • In 2003, coalition forces acted with skill and bravery to liberate the Iraqi people and remove a grave and gathering danger to America and the world.
  • In 2001, with less than a month’s notice, American and British forces joined with local anti-Taliban troops in an assault on the al Qaeda network and the Taliban regime that gave it safe harbor in Afghanistan.
  • In both cases, decisive victories were achieved by integrating real time intelligence with sophisticated technologies in cooperation with indigenous forces.

Missile Defense

  • During the 2000 campaign, President Bush said, “America’s development of a missile defense is a search for security, not a search for advantage.”
  • The President is committed to developing effective missile defenses based on the best available technologies, to be deployed at the earliest possible date. These defenses will be designed to protect our deployed forces abroad, all 50 States, and our friends and allies overseas.
  • In December 2001, following months of negotiations and discussions with Russia, the United States provided a formal six-month notice that it was withdrawing from the ABM Treaty.
  • The President’s FY04 Budget provides over $9 billion to begin the deployment of defenses against long-range ballistic missile threats, including new interceptors to be deployed over the next two years.

Strengthen Intelligence

  • The President proposed increases of between $2 billion and $3 billion in intelligence spending, to a total of nearly $35 billion.
  • Included in that proposal are enhancements to the capabilities of the FBI and other law enforcement/intelligence agencies.

Stealth Ships/Long-Range Missiles

  • The FY 03 budget funds four Trident ballistic missile submarines converted to submarines equipped with long-range cruise missiles.
  • The Navy awarded a $2.9 billion contract to begin building so-called “stealth ships” that can better evade radar detection.

Strengthening Intelligence to Better Protect America

  • In his State of the Union Address, President Bush announced a new initiative to better protect America by continuing to close the “seam” between analysis of foreign and domestic intelligence on terrorism. Elements of the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division, the DCI’s Counterterrorist Center, and the Department of Defense have come together to form a Terrorist Threat Integration Center to fuse and analyze all-source information related to terrorism.
  • This new center is working to merge and analyze terrorist-related information collected domestically and abroad in order to form the most comprehensive possible threat picture.
  • Since September 11, 2001, our government has been working together and sharing information like never before. The President is committed to ensuring that intelligence information from all sources is shared, integrated, and analyzed seamlessly – and then acted upon quickly.

Transforming the Military/Next Generation Weapons

The President also worked to fund the following next-generation weapons:

  • Unmanned aerial vehicles such as those used in the war against terrorism, which provide greater, longer-endurance intelligence and combat capabilities directly to the war-fighter at far less cost and risk to military personnel than manned aircraft; 
  • Unmanned underwater vehicles that can greatly extend the range and capabilities of submarines and surface ships at less cost and without risk to sailors; 
  • The Army’s Land Warrior technology, which digitizes the communications and intelligence capabilities of the individual infantry soldier to enhance situational awareness and combat capability; 
  • Small precision bombs, which increase the quantity of targets that each individual aircraft can strike;
  • Bunker-defeating munitions to target the growing threats of deeply hidden weapons of mass destruction; and
  • Space-based radar and space control systems, which enhance our surveillance capabilities and our capabilities to collect and utilize information from space.

The President’s most important job is to protect and defend the American homeland. Since September 11, 2001, the nation has made tremendous progress achieving this goal.

Last year, President Bush proposed and Congress approved a single, unified Department of Homeland Security to improve protection against today’s threats and be flexible enough to help meet the unknown threats of the future. By unifying over 22 agencies and offices, the President has improved the government’s ability to protect our infrastructure, guard our borders and patrol our skies.

The President has seen a great number of his goals met, including:

  • Creation of the Terrorist Threat Integration Center (TTIC): TTIC will merge and analyze all threat information collected domestically and abroad in a single location.
  • Launch of the Container Security Initiative: The Container Security Initiative establishes tough new procedures and created new partnerships with the world’s largest ports to target high-risk cargo before it leaves for our shores. 19 major ports, consisting of two-thirds of cargo containers shipped to the U.S., have agreed to participate in CSI.
  • Signing of the Smart Border Declaration: The United States and Canada signed the Smart Border Declaration, outlining 30 action items for increasing security, enhancing joint law enforcement, improving physical and technological infrastructure, and facilitating the trade and movement of people between the two countries. The U.S.-Mexican Border Partnership contains a similar 22-point action plan.
  • Launched the Homeland Security Command Center: a national 24-7 watch operation
  • Improvement of Airport Security: More than 50,000 newly trained federal screeners are deployed at our nation’s airports, where new baggage inspection equipment helped TSA institute 100 percent checked baggage screening. The Federal Air Marshal program was expanded so that thousands of protective air marshals are now flying on commercial aircraft. TSA certified installation of hardened cockpit doors on all 6,000 large passenger aircraft.
  • Reorganizing the FBI: The FBI transformed into an agency focused on preventing domestic terrorism. The FBI established the National Joint Terrorism Task Force at FBI Headquarters and expanded to 66 Joint Terrorism Task Forces among FBI field offices throughout the country.

Other accomplishments to strengthen security and improve preparedness services and response include:

Protecting our Skies

  • At airports, train stations and on major highways, more Police and National Guard personnel have been deployed to ensure Americans will continue to travel safely. Security and airline personnel strictly review all identification to make sure that only authorized personnel have access to sensitive areas in our nation’s airports.
  • To better protect airline passengers, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has begun training pilots to carry firearms in the cockpit.
  • In addition to increasing security, TSA worked to improve customer service and eliminate unnecessary hassle by coordinating screening across different forms of transportation. For example, passengers disembarking from cruise ships in Miami can have their bags screened for their flight home right at the dock.

Protecting our Borders

  • Off our coasts and in our harbors, Coast Guard forces are at the leading edge of maritime security. During Operation Liberty Shield, the Coast Guard completed thousands of air and surface patrols. To further enhance maritime security, the Coast Guard recently purchased 700 high-speed vessels with communications systems able to coordinate with other homeland security agencies.
  • Officers at our borders and ports of entry have been equipped with technology to better detect the presence of radioactive material.
  • The Department of Homeland Security launched Operation Joint Venture to identify and remove persons with unknown or questionable identities with access to restricted areas of military installations. As a result, 37 people were arrested and 28 removed from the country.
  • DHS has put in place the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS), requiring individuals who satisfy certain risk factors to register and be fingerprinted and photographed.
  • DHS is also operating the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), which tracks foreign students who come to the United States, ensuring they are actually enrolled and attending classes.

Protecting our Ports

  • The Department of Homeland Security requires electronic advance cargo manifests from sea carriers 96 hours prior to arrival to give officials more time to check for potentially dangerous crew, passengers, and cargo.
  • Since 9/11, the Coast Guard made the largest commitment to port security operations since World War II, including over 35,000 port security patrols and 3,500 air patrols. The Coast Guard boarded over 2,500 high interest vessels, interdicted over 6,200 illegal migrants, and created and maintained over 115 Maritime Security Zones.

Protecting Your Health

  • The President proposed Project BioShield, a significant step in improving our ability to protect against the threat of bioterrorism. BioShield is an initiative designed to accelerate the acquirement of next-generation vaccines and other products to counter bioterror threats.
  • The Department of Homeland Security’s science and technology division recently established the Biowatch program in several major cities, deploying equipment to quickly detect the spread of terrorist agents like anthrax in time to distribute life-saving medicines to citizens affected.
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) increased the number of food safety inspectors by 700, doubling its capacity to conduct safety inspections of our food systems.

Protecting our Critical Infrastructure

  • The Department of Homeland Security has provided for increased security at critical facilities for water supplies, power plants, bridges, and subway systems, reducing the chances of an attack that could disrupt our daily life or the economy.
  • The Department established a new office dedicated to cybersecurity. The Department is working with private industry to help eliminate key vulnerabilities in computer networks and reduce the risk of cyberterrorism.

Supporting our First Responders

  • The U.S. Government provided $7.8 billion in grants between 2002 and 2003 to help state and local responders and emergency managers prepare for terrorist attacks.
  • HHS, now a critical biodefense entity, distributed $1.1 billion in assistance to state and local governments for improved planning and increased preparedness, including rapid secure communications and laboratory capacity as well as hospital preparedness and infrastructure improvements.
  • The National Response Plan is being used to coordinate and integrate all federal incident prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery capabilities.
  • The President directed the development of a National Incident Management System (NIMS) to make local, state, and federal agencies interoperable during incidents.

Protecting America

  • The President’s National Strategy for Homeland Security, the first ever of its kind, outlined his vision for working with state and local communities on the national effort. The President routinely works with Governors, Mayors and local officials to help provide resources for our nation’s first responders.
  • Introduced the Ready campaign, a national multimedia public information program designed to build citizen preparedness by giving Americans the basic tools they need to better prepare themselves and encouraging them to "Be Ready." Since its launch, Ready.gov has become one of the most visited sites in America.