When people speak of our National Security they tend to think about images of our military fighting to protect freedom or the FBI conducting a raid to stop a terrorist in his tracks.

While those things are valid, our National Security depends on much more.  The Federal Government has many thousands of individuals working night and day, behind the scenes to protect things that you and I take for granted.

Our Internet, phone system and power grid are just a few of the necessities of life that are monitored and protected by this unseen army of trained security specialists.

I support a smart, predictable defense and homeland security budget that meets the strategic challenges we face.  Congress must stop the practice of doling out money to the military using a sequestration budget. We must prioritize military readiness by making sure our Active, Reserve, and National Guard components remain the best trained and equipped in the world. We will seek a more agile and flexible force and rid the military of outdated Cold War-era systems.

We must defeat ISIS, al Qaeda, and their affiliates, and prevent other groups from emerging in their place, which includes dismantling the global network of terror that supplies terrorists with money, arms, and fighters, and stop them from recruiting and inspiring other potential radicals.

I will work to improve our intelligence capabilities, with appropriate safeguards here at home, and ensure that the intelligence community and law enforcement are prepared to deal effectively with all the threats we face.

We must harden our defenses as well as those of our partners against external and homegrown threats. We will secure the homeland, investing more resources to safeguard our mass transit and aviation, infrastructure.

We must upgrade and modernize our Border Patrol to stop completely the flood of deadly narcotics that crosses our Southern Border every day.  Heroin, Fentanyl and Chinese made OxyContin flood into our Nation at such a volume that street level prices for these drugs of death are suppressed.

Along with the flow of drugs are the human traffickers who deal in another kind of death. These people are unscrupulous in their actions and think nothing of leaving a sick or dying refugee to die alone in the burning sands of our Southwest Desert.

I believe that America must lead in the world to grow our economy, protect our interests and values while making our country safer and more prosperous. We cannot walk away from our position of global leadership and allow other countries to make decisions about our lives, jobs, and safety.

I know we will remain a resilient nation; coming together to stand against anything terrorists might throw at us.

I believe that when America leads, it must be a principled force for peace and prosperity in the world. All people deserve to live in dignity and have their rights respected. Protecting rights and opportunities across the globe helps to ensure domestic stability.

Finally, I believe that only the smart use of diplomacy, development, and economic statecraft can prevent crises, foster stability, and make us safer over the long term.  A strong  national security that has the funds that are necessary to address security issues at home and abroad is imperative to protect the United States and its citizens