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.
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
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
The strategy has three
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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%
- 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.
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.
- During the 2000 campaign, President Bush said, “America’s
development of a missile defense is a search for security, not a search
- 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
- 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
- The President proposed increases of between $2
billion and $3 billion in intelligence spending, to a total of nearly $35
- Included in that proposal are enhancements to the
capabilities of the FBI and other law enforcement/intelligence agencies.
- The FY 03 budget funds four Trident ballistic missile
submarines converted to submarines equipped with long-range cruise
- The Navy awarded a $2.9 billion contract to begin
building so-called “stealth ships” that can better evade radar detection.
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
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
- 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
- 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
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
- Improvement of Airport
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
Other accomplishments to
strengthen security and improve preparedness services and response include:
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.