National Security and Military
A strong national defense is critical to the security of the United States and is our federal government’s primary Constitutional responsibility. I am committed to supporting our military personnel and believe our troops must have the resources needed to perform their vital missions of defending our country, our interests and our allies from threats abroad. Effective American diplomacy should also be used when possible to resolve disputes and cooperate on global challenges. Additionally, the promotion of human rights around the world should be a cornerstone of American foreign policy. The U.S. is more secure when human rights are respected and individuals are allowed to live in freedom.
At home, the government must remain vigilant in guarding against terrorist attacks, including the potential of bioterrorism. I worked to bring the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) to Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. Once constructed, NBAF will conduct the critical animal disease research needed to secure America's food supply and protect citizens and animals from the threat of foreign animal disease. This world class research facility will benefit Kansans for years to come - protecting our agriculture industries, growing our economy and providing an opportunity for our best and brightest young people to stay and work in Kansas.
I am also working to support military installations in Kansas and their communities. From welcoming home the Army’s 1st Infantry Division to Fort Riley, promoting the air refueling and lift missions at McConnell Air Force Base and Forbes Field, expanding training opportunities at Smoky Hill Air National Guard Range, and protecting Fort Leavenworth's mission of military education, I am a strong advocate for these Kansas military installations that are so vital to our national defense.