In announcement Wednesday morning about his proposals for rebuilding America’s military, Donald Trump twice cited Heritage’s research on national defense — basing key proposals on our published recommendations.

PROPOSAL: Mr. Trump will build a Marine Corps based on 36 battalions, which the Heritage Foundation notes is the minimum needed to deal with major contingencies…

PROPOSAL: Mr. Trump will build an Air Force of at least 1,200 fighter aircraft, which the Heritage Foundation has shown to be needed to execute current missions.

Both the Marines and Air Force recommendations are drawn from Heritage’s Index of Military Strength.

Numerous news sites (CNN, MSNBC, CBS, and CSPAN to name a few) were quick to pick up on this and point out Trump’s use of Heritage research.

Do you think America needs to rebuild its defenses?

Comments (133)

Ronald and Mary Helen - September 9, 2016

Absolutely!

Tom - September 9, 2016

Yes!

Dave Hunt - September 9, 2016

We sure do but let the military leaders decide what equipment is needed and not members of congress. Military equipment and base needs have always been determined by what Senator or Congressman had the Most political pull so hopefully the next President and Congress will listen to our military leaders and not what equipment manufactures and bases are in their districts and state’s.

Roy McClure - September 9, 2016

Yes! He is 100% right!

Robert Patterson - September 9, 2016

Yes!!!!

Cliff Franks - September 9, 2016

We absolutely must rebuild armed forces.
Obama has all but decimated our forces and he has no grasp of what it takes to keep units overseas supplied and replenished or the amount of preplanning it takes to keep the plummin’ hummin’. He has already forced out some very astute military minds in order to find a few flag officers who will agree with him. The Donald is very good at picking the right person for the job, and I’m sure he will listen to good counsel from his senior military advisors. I pray we get him in office (oval that is).

Naomi Henkel - September 9, 2016

Yes!

Retta - September 9, 2016

Yes, America needs to rebuild. The military leaders know what is needed and should be listened to. The Heritage studies are also very valuable and should certainly be of high consideration.

Robert Greenberg - September 9, 2016

Leave it to the military to decide what they need but be sure to include some of the younger officers and not just the old ones.

Joey Dement - September 9, 2016

Yes we need to build and maintain our military at it’s highest level of readiness. We also need to bring back the draft to re-establishing discipline into society. Once the draft ended the moral decay of our country began. The military was a major installer of moral values and ethics in the man reply model. The was then passed on to their families and more importantly their children.
When the draft ended so did the teaching of morality and discipline and respect for other human life. Bring back the draft; bring back mortality, discipline,and respect to our families and country.

Bobbi Loveall - September 9, 2016

Bobbi- Yes definitely. We need to be strong in our military at all levels and in all areas of the military.

Joey Dement - September 9, 2016

Male role model

Robert C. Whittaker - September 9, 2016

I agree with Dave Hunt – September 9, ’16 When Congress choses what the military needs it is political When the military makes their choses it is based upon how to win any conflict we are in.

John Miller - September 9, 2016

I absolutely agree we need to rebuild our military. Its necessary so our men and women can perform up to their capabilities.
It has also been proven time and again that a strong capable military is the best deterrent to aggression.

Ruby Zwijack - September 9, 2016

I absolutely feel we need a strong military.

Maynard Warner - September 9, 2016

Yes!
I entirely agree with Mr. Dave Hunt”s assessment of the situation.

Charlotte Patchett - September 9, 2016

Yes, more now than ever.

Joseph Shearer - September 9, 2016

yes, I believe our military is deficient in ships and planes with so many not being replaced and having to rob equipment for spare parts.

Kathleen Bialke - September 9, 2016

I agree with all of you, we need a very strong military, because Obama has distroyed our military and if Clinton gets in we will be in a very sad shape, however, we will fight for our rights and get America Strong again!!! Trump will make sure of that because he loves America!!! Go Trump!!! I love America!!!

Benjamin T. Wright - September 9, 2016

General James Mattis USMC (Ret) for SecDef

bill T Davis - September 9, 2016

Seems to me the best leadership is by example, and we need to spend more time bragging about our constitutional representative Republic. Our God-given or if you prefer our natural right to freedom, limited government and the ability and right to acquire wealth.Most countries have a oligarchy. We have a Republic. Donald Trump today called our government a constitutional Republic. I haven’t heard another single Republican call our government a Republic. You might kick some butt relative to that.Set an example.

Terrance May - September 9, 2016

Our military is the one to decide what is needed to protect our Country. Mr (President) Trump will undoubtedly request the advice of out Military and implement their recommendations to defeat ISIS and other terrorist organizations as they will undoubtedly occur. NATO will be more than happy to join in the fracas IF ASKED.

Dan sailors - September 9, 2016

Yes yes yes!! We need to rebuild a strong military to what ever our military leaders feel they need to protect our homeland and support our true alies

Rick Mayson - September 9, 2016

Yes particularly the Navy and Marines. Both need moderized airplanes and more Nuclear Submarines!

James C. “Neil” Jocsing - September 9, 2016

Absolutely; and Lord willing, I’ll be right there in the thick of things helping out.

Wayne Glover - September 9, 2016

Yes! Having been blessed to serve in the USAF for 30 years and was part of the ups and downs of how different presidents played politics with military strength, weapons systems, pay, base closures, commissaries, health, plus other programs I’ve missed we need a president and congress who will recognize what makes our nation great, safe and free.

RICHARD FLEWELLING - September 9, 2016

HELL YEAH, WE NEED TO REBUILD OUR DEFENSES!
We once had the most up to date and powerful military in the world, bar none.
Today, much of the material, equipment and supplies are in such condition and disrepair, or non-existent at all, we are in an extremely vulnerable position because should it become necessary to engage in combat or war, we are virtually hamstrung.

The mismanagement and cavalier attitude of the current administration has deliberately demoralized those in the Military that remain (which, I might add, are all volunteers, choosing the Military as a Career) and cashiered most of the true Warriors out at all levels, further stripping our Military Leadership to the bone and those that remain, for the most part are butt kissing, weak kneed, pansies that are more afraid of loosing their pensions and positions than being able to prosecute the positions that they are supposed to be filling.
To REPEAT….HELL YEAH WE NEED TO REBUILD AND ADVANCE OUR MILITARY, or we’ll be listening to, dieing for, or be subjected by someone elses Military. And that day may be coming sooner than most expect.

Tom King - September 9, 2016

“Walk softly and carry a big stick” …after the current administration will of necessity become “Carry a bigger stick don’t be afraid to use it”

Peggy Brooks - September 9, 2016

Ye. Obama has spent the last seven years weakenng our armed forces. We must rebuild all of them.

John Sanford - September 9, 2016

Yes we do, but allow the generals decide what is needed, not the Congress.

V M Pierson - September 9, 2016

Yes! I still remember Jimmy Carter. Thank goodness Ronald Reagan defeated him in 1980. Our nation should pray every day that Donald Trump will defeat Hillary Clinton.

MONTY WHITNEY - September 9, 2016

Speak softly, but carry a big stick. Teddy Roosevelt

Susan Sarbacker - September 9, 2016

Absolutely Donald Trump looks to the very best resources and that is why he listens to what your ideas are and will lead this country down the right path.Why wouldn’t he he is after all a smart man. He has certainly proven that. I Trust Trump because he is in good hands with you and the one from above.

Mike - September 9, 2016

1000 percent right, let the military people do there job.

Pat N. - September 9, 2016

Of course the military needs rebuilding and of course the military leaders need to be the ones deciding where, when, and how much. I appreciate The Heritage Foundation’s research and info-gathering to assist any leader who is interested in finding out the facts without the politics.

Anthony Chamay - September 9, 2016

Very encouraging perspective!
Democrat leadership has let politicians micromanage important security decisions that needs to change ASAP.

Carol Mattick - September 9, 2016

If our military is not refurbished to it full needed troops and equipment it will be to the peril of the greatest country this world has ever known.

Larry Dunbar - September 9, 2016

The Heritage Foundation should, Commission a task-force, to do nothing other than completely study, categorize and define the Koran.

Understand that, 14% of the Koran is about the religion of Islam.
The remaining 86% is about the Sharia law, or the militarization of Islam!!

Now then, Direct that task-force toward General Jack Pershing of WW-I.
‘Black Jack’, studied the Muslim movement,from now for 1,400 plus years ago.
Please indulge me, while I qualify just who I am.
My wife who speaks 8 different languages, and I (who still struggle with English), have lived in 12 different countries. Our son was born in Dubai 42 years ago. Prior to that we lived in the Trucial States, in Ras Al Khaima, which is at the mouth of the Arabian/Persian Gulf.

Subsequently, we lived in Tehran, Iran, I was a manager of a supply depot, and fully functioning ship yard in Bushire, Iran, which is the site of the first nuclear Power station in Iran.
Later, I was consulting with the U.N. in Mombasa, Kenya, coordinating the huge airlift, of food-stuff into Somalia, (the first airlift that the U.N. had been tasked with performing). Later I was transferred to Mogadishu, Somalia, to establish and organize, a distribution infra-structure, within the country, to keep the people fed.
When ‘Black-hawk went down, I was there in Mogadishu. After Somalia, I transferred to Tanzania, via Uganda, to establish an infra-structure to get the people fed in Rwanda. We were succeeding, but forces pushed us out of Rwanda, and we all know what happened then. More than 1 million were slaughtered.
From there, we moved to St. Peters burg, Russia, From there to Odessa, Ukraine, then to Baku, Azerbaijan.
In 2004, we returned to Texas, to retire.
My point in telling you all of this, please understand that I am now 77 years old. I have been ridden hard, and put away wet hundreds of times. Understand, that when I advise you to ALWAYS consider what I told you about General J. (Black Jack) Pershing, is the only way to get the attention of the Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS, and all the rest of them.
The radicalization of the Muslim youth, is firstly, preformed by the mothers, secondly, by the radical Imam’s.
These people understand only one thing from the west. You cannot negotiate with them, you cannot rationalize with them.
Raw, brute, totally overwhelming force, plus interfering with their journey to their heaven with 72 virgins awaiting them.
Black Jack understood that, because he spent years researching their Ideology.
We as a Republic are about to enter into a downward spiral, to the point that we cannot ever recover. With the fact that Donald Trump is listening to you, perhaps my words can be of some help to our overall effort, of Returning our nation to Al Mighty God, and in so doing, fall in step with our founding fathers, especially Thomas Jefferson, who also knew how to deal with Muslims.
Respectfully Yours,
Larry L. Dunbar
Navasota, Texas

Bill Winters - September 9, 2016

Yes we need to rebuild but at the same time I wonder how many fat cat bureaucrats, both military and contract, in the pentagon could be relieved of their duty and never missed. We should spend a lot more on our fighters and a lot less on the paper pushers. Also get congress out of military procurement and let the generals decide what bases are no longer necessary and close them. I’m convinced Trump will delegate a lot of responsibility and hold people responsible for their results. It didn’t take him but one day to plan and execute a diplomatic trip to Mexico and it won’t take him long to get a lot of good results in whatever he decides to do. And it won’t cost a fortune.

Myrtle C Delaney-Kipfer - September 9, 2016

You bet I do! Any conscientious president would keep the military up-to-date technology wise and completely ready to be deployed to anywhere. The minute I heard what was happening with ours, I knew what Obama was up to. Prepare us for destruction. Thank you, Mr. Trump, for listening to wiser heads.

Stephen Palmer - September 9, 2016

absolutely, but what happened to the Navy ?. We must all remember though that the military weapons and aircraft along with the electronics has been in the works for at least 10 years, so what we’re seeing today is 10 years old. Just think where we will be in a few short years with new tech we have and are either being built or in the final stages. I have read the other inputs and I agree with all of them. This is just looking at it from a little different slant.

Walter Baldwin - September 9, 2016

Yes!

Carl Greiner - September 9, 2016

With the World in turmoil and many bad factions threatening the USA it’s imperative to have a strong and flexible military. Obama has used the military for social change which has blurred their focus on mission.Trump must refocus and strengthen our military.

Don N - September 9, 2016

Desperately since obama!!

Carole Simmons - September 10, 2016

Yes!

Linda Parker - September 10, 2016

I definitely believe that a strong military is the key to keeping our country safe! In fact, a country is only as strong as its military!

Linda Kincaid - September 10, 2016

Yes, the military needs to be rebuilt. Trump needs to get together with military leaders to find out their basic needs, and take it from their. They should be his military advisors throughout his presidency.

Ivar L Harebo - September 10, 2016

YES! An absolute necessity!

Pete Kasuboski - September 10, 2016

Yes especially the equipment

Gary Weerts - September 10, 2016

I like Steve Hunt’s comment; we must regain our military strength, but take the particulars out of the hands of the Congress.

Sonie Thompson - September 10, 2016

Actually, I think America needs to spend time and energy on our missile shield, not growing our military. We spend a huge amount on our defense department…part of the reason our debt is so high. Selling weapons and systems is a big business in America. I also believe we should stop sending millions to other countries for defense and weapons, especially countries that hate us! Let them step up.

Columbus Millet - September 10, 2016

Our disarmament in the 1930’s led directly to World War II. We need to rebuild the military as Ronald Reagan did.

Donna Blair - September 10, 2016

YES

Laura Williams - September 10, 2016

Absolutely grow our miltary!!!

Robert McWain - September 10, 2016

Without doubt.

Marge Palermo - September 10, 2016

Yes, yes, yes! Obama has deliberately weakened our armed forces. A strong U.S. military is the best deterrent to our enemies and the trouble makers around the world.

Gary Corbin - September 10, 2016

Yes, American needs a strong military. I was glad to see & hear Trump use Heritage Foundation as a source of his presentation.

Douglas M. Monsoor - September 10, 2016

What Obama has done to our military is nothing less than an abomination. We are approaching less of a military that we had prior to WWII, and significantly less than we need to deal with the continuing conflict & threats to our nation from across the globe. It is imperative that we rebuild immediately.

Arthur Biggs - September 10, 2016

Art Biggs Sept. 10
I can’t say it any better than Dave Hunt (Sept. 9). I would expect the wasteful and corrupt practice of military hardware needs being determined by politicians more concerned with their respective districts than with the country to be curtailed.

Barbara Courtney - September 10, 2016

Definitely!!!

Richard Atwater - September 10, 2016

REBUILD OUR DEFENSES ? Not only YES BUT HELL YES!

Marilynn Lynn - September 10, 2016

YES. Our men need the equipment and leadership necessary to preform their objective. No more politically correct issues. Erase the laws of engagement so our men’s hands aren’t tied. They need the BEST of everything and our support.

Donald J McGovern - September 10, 2016

Yes, we need to rebuild our military, and simultaneously avoiding waste and Congressional pet projects.

Charles French - September 10, 2016

Yes!!!!!

Randy LaBounty - September 10, 2016

Absolutely! The Obama years have been disastrous in too many policy areas to list here. The military and its ability to protect its own and all Americans has been systematically decimated by the Obama administration & his purge of top military brass has done untold damage to our defense capabilities.

Mary L.Trentham - September 10, 2016

Absolutely, Obama has decimated our military and destroyed morale with his Leftist social engineering which has NO place in the Military.

Charlie F - September 10, 2016

Absolutely! Obama has deliberately reduced our military strength and apologized to the world for us being the most powerful nation on earth. Don’t be surprised if in his zeal to close Gitmo if he unilaterally goes around Congress and gives Gitmo bay back to Cuba as a gift to Communist cause.

Al Wunsch - September 10, 2016

We need to rebuild our Military, both in manpower and in weapons upgrade/replacemenmt. Typical of democrat administrations, we now have a hollow force, unable to conduct missions as required for our National Defense. Next Pres will need to provide a vision forward and have the military identify what is needed to carry out the mission(s). However, we also need for a Pres Trump to reevaluate our military leaders and get rid of the current social engineering going on in the military.

Jerry Metcalf - September 10, 2016

YES!

Katherine Hill - September 10, 2016

We need to let the military make the
decisions for what is needed. Government
is trying to take over too much of the
country needs.

Tina - September 10, 2016

Yes!

Tina - September 10, 2016

We need to show we mean business, nicely. We are not going to bow-down.

ed - September 10, 2016

Hussein Obama is constantly shrinking our military and war weapons. With that in mind he is sending money to Iran who is supporting bad guys who want to kill us Do you think he is such a coward that he is making one of his secrete deals..The kind that guarantee that we won’t get hit till after he is gone.

Ardyne - September 10, 2016

I believe our national defense is of the up most importance. If we don’t have that than there will be no need for other programs as this country will fall. National defense includes closing, patrolling the borders and building the wall.

Julio E. Ruiz - September 10, 2016

We absolutely, positively, definitely need to strengthen our military!!!!!

Larry Lancaster - September 10, 2016

We clearly need a strong and ready defense! But we also need strict accountability on where the money is being spent. Hundreds of billions of $$$ have simply gone missing and can’t be acounted for!! This is not accpetable! Finally, decisions need to be made by “military experts” completely devoid of any political agenda.

Pati Luisi - September 10, 2016

Yes!! And if we don’t elect Donald Trump, there is no chance we will.

James P. Smith, Sr - September 10, 2016

Yes. However, carefully scrutinize the military leadership. The 4-stars who are the current leaders have been cowed by Obama’s ‘conform or get out’ bullying. This results in their appearing to be agreeing with his every demand. (Reminds me of Hitler in WWII; we appear to be on a likewise disastrous course) Cetainly, they must obey the orders of the CINC, irrespective of their own knowledge and experience that would move us in a different direction. Thus, they need to be evaluated on criteria such as the basis of their leadership abilities (of which trait Obama has none), loyalty to America, willingness to honestly present other sides of an argument – not just agree with a PC one with no dissenting discussion – and other such relevant evaluation criteria, and then make the decision as to keep or replace.

Derrill Langer - September 10, 2016

we absolutely need to rebuild our military.
Obama has mede a point to weaken the military in his administration

Cathy Stoops - September 10, 2016

Absolutely, we are a joke in the real world with Obama and his lead from behind actions. I am sure a President Trump would actually listen to the generals for a change!

Lillie Osborne - September 10, 2016

Yes!!! Our military is sadly depleted and we are in grave danger. Mr. Trump has the right information, as to what America needs to become a Great Nation once again.

Robert Salka - September 10, 2016

Yes I’m convinced we need to rebuilt our military BUT with only the equipment and manpower the military feels they need to perform their mission. Too much money is wasted on weapons systems the military does not want but the politicians continue to buy to satisfy the voters! Let the military determine their needs!

Marjorie Taylor - September 10, 2016

Yes, we do. The world has become much more dangerous while Obama has been president, and he has weakened our military.

Barbara - September 10, 2016

Yes. We must rebuild our military and all methods of self-defense.

William Kaye - September 10, 2016

Definitly! Our military needs rebuilding.

Mildred Kelley - September 10, 2016

Yes,
Our military has been reduced and neglected by the Obama administration. It needs to be done by those who know what is best to protect our country and our way of life.

Marvin Sineath - September 10, 2016

Absolutely, we need to rebuild our defense!!! All branches need major upgrades, so much so I am not even going to try to list them all here.

The biggest upgrade needed though starts at the TOP!!!!!

John H. Johnson - September 10, 2016

Yes, rebuild and re-commit. We will need to be up to speed quickly, especially with Russia active in the Middle East and on the Ukraine Border; with China taking over the So. China Sea; and, the usual chaos confounding us and our allies with North Korea. The world is sill in turmoil and its needs leadership and strength.

Cliff Hanscom - September 10, 2016

No question we need to strengthen our military and listen to their leaders.

Virginia Kesler - September 10, 2016

W need our armed forces big enough to withstand any enemy that appears. The military leaders should make this judgement. Trump has this right!!

Jolie McNulty - September 10, 2016

Yes,we must rebuild our military. Our current “leader” does not listen to our military leaders. Let’s give Donald Trump a chance to do it right.

Jean Fleming - September 10, 2016

I agree with Dave Hunt

Vesta l. Turner - September 10, 2016

Yes, we need to rebuild our military. The world is a safer place when America is militarily a strong country deployed around the world.

Neal Dobson - September 10, 2016

Absolutely.I also think that the power grid should be hardened ASAP against an emp attack. It’s too bad the last several years have seen so much money wasted on “social” programs instead of keeping the country safe..

Sylvia - September 10, 2016

I totally agree. We need to be strong again as a nation. I trust Trump to find the best people for the job. Rebuild, re-equip, and take care of our soldiers and their families. These men and women have dedicated their lives to protecting us, we need to take care of them. On and off the job. We can do this, America can be great again.

Norm Alander - September 10, 2016

Without question, from an 83 year old who is in serious doubt of the position our country. We cannot continue in the direction we have been directed into, it must stop, for the future of our country. The youth and radicals have no idea of what they have done, especially to themselves and the future.

Julia Webster - September 10, 2016

Yes, yes, and YES!

Jerry Kirby - September 10, 2016

How can you send young people into battle with out the proper equipment and associated support. Of course I support Mr. Trumps proposal

Sharon - September 10, 2016

It is shameful to be asking this question. The leadership of our Country should be taking care of this matter, for our Country’s safety for its people. Allowing foreign ships to sit off the shores of our Country is embarrassing to its people. Rebuild? The next “leader” who dissolves our pride must be held accountable.

Tom Lanners - September 10, 2016

Yes we need to rebuild our Military. Just as Carter gutted the Military when he was President, Obama has done much worse, and added 12 trillion in debt to boot.
It will take rigorous planning and organization, but it must be done if America is to remain free, and prosper.

JoAnn Ison - September 10, 2016

YES!!

Geoffrey Chapman - September 10, 2016

Absolutely, and as fast as possible.

Joe Hannis - September 11, 2016

We need to bring back some of the Military leaders that were pushed into early retirement. We’re left with too many yes men who will tell the President what he wants to hear instead of what he needs to hear.

Thomas A. Ray - September 11, 2016

I am encouraged by seeing that Mr. Trump is heeding the counsel of Heritage. His election is the only hope we have for our country’s continuation as a Constitutional Republic. Armed forces are a must but of more importance is .the Supreme Court.

Darryl Widman - September 11, 2016

How fortunate are we that a man like Donald Trump has come along at this exact time! He is the one we have been waiting for. He sees exactly what our country needs at this time in its long and proud history. He is the one who will take that 200-year maximum for any democracy to exist and make believers out of the rest of the world. With peace through strength our goal, building up our military right away is imperative and President Trump will be the one who can do it. With our ability to ward off any foe and with this man’s love for his country, America will burst that 200 year bubble and there will be no stopping us. Let’s roll!

Sandra Mandolfo - September 11, 2016

Yes, without a doubt. I agree with the thoughtful foregoing comments. Under the circumstances of the world we live in today, the only way to insure peace is to have a strong military defense.
VOTE TRUMP – HE IS OUR ONLY HOPE.

Beth Curtis - September 11, 2016

Absolutely! Our nation must have a strong military that our allies can count on around the world, and our adversaries will fear and not bully and push around!

Laurence Tischendorf - September 11, 2016

Yes

Arthur Williams - September 11, 2016

We must rebuild all of our military forces to be ready for whatever lies ahead. more-
over, we must let our men and women be allowed to speak freely on religious subjects w/o interference or reprimand from
superiors.

Helen - September 11, 2016

YES!!

CHARLES MCRAE, SR. - September 11, 2016

The first step in re-building our military is to repeal the Budget Control Act of 2011; i.e. sequestration. Sequestration will reduce military spending 50% in ten-years. (Please verify my numbers). That’s unacceptable.

werner Keil - September 11, 2016

What defenses–we have none for the East or West shores–I’m not quite sure but Obama has not ordered any to bything to be done .

Fred Henry - September 11, 2016

The Obama administration has depleted our defense capabilities so much that we are no longer respected on the world stage as the free world’s unquestioned military leader. We need to have a military force second to none in the world and the rest of the world needs to know that. The world has become a much more dangerous place under the policies of the Obama administration. Our long time allies such as Israel need to know we support them in their efforts to survive against the hostile world they live in. We need to rebuild a strong military.

Allison Webb - September 11, 2016

Short answer – YES!. Long answer– this current administration has decreased our military to such a dangerously low level that we no longer have the adequate resources to protect the both the homeland, while still being able to have enough resources to help out around the world, when needed.

Hope Russell - September 12, 2016

Yes, I agree with Dave,Cliff,and Retta and any others who agree our Military, Police, and all security entities need our greatest support. In my 83 years I have never been more concerned about our great nation than now.

William Layton - September 12, 2016

I am delighted to see and am not surprised by the 100% “yes” replies — after all, the question has been asked by Heritage. Of course I strongly agree with the yesses and am heartened by the variety of reasons cited by the straight thinkers who did reply.

Laura Johnson - September 12, 2016

As a child of a career military naval chief, I am appalled at how our military personnel are being treated. We absolutely need to rebuild our military to be the “force” it once was. We are more at risk then we have ever been. At the same time, we should be compensating those individuals who risk their lives are behalf of our freedoms.

Robert Wayne - September 12, 2016

You bet it does. And without further delay!!
Obama has intentionally left the USA almost defenseless!!!!

Bill Coates - September 12, 2016

I think the real threat is an EMP attack to take out our electrical/electronic infrastructure (by Russia false-flagging as North Korea), followed by Islamist sleeper-cell attacks. We will need border enforcement and coastal defense too.

Florence Lambros - September 12, 2016

I fully agree with Dave Hunt, Sept 9, We must be better than we are even those that tell me we are better equipt than any other country

Bill Calvert - September 12, 2016

YES—DEFINITELY

SHARON RHOADS - September 12, 2016

ABSOLUTELY. WE ARE NAKED BEFORE THE WORLD.

Henry C. Holder - September 12, 2016

YES.

JOHN F HANCOCK - September 12, 2016

YES! We need a stronger military. I am a VIET NAM Veteran 1969 to 1970. The equipment we had was not bad for the environment we were in was the jungle, but we did have our problems, it was very wet at times we had to clean our weapons a lot. now today the military has improved on weapons for the military. in my opinion we do need to bring back the draft, I do agree with Joey Dement, he is right this country has lost it’s moral values. the kids now days don’t have a clue, they spend their time on games of all sorts video phones all kinds of electronic devices, they know nothing of physical work. That is why we to start draft. Donald Trump will get the military up to where it should be stronger than it is now. Also keep the Congress out of it so we can win the war!! Not like VIET NAM, as a Veteran, we also need to take care of our veterans through the VA Hospitals and keep them from dying in the halls and waiting for months to get an appointment just to see a Doctor or even a Nurse. Well I have said enough. Be sure to vote for Mr. Trump!! Remember to Keep Smiling and Always Have Fun What Ever You Do!! Ok I’m put of here Love To All!! JOHN F HANCOCK;

Frank Graney - September 13, 2016

It is about time we have someone like Don
Trump who does not have his hand in our wallet! His wallet is fat enough!!
I cannot believe we have not dumped the
Obumer 6 yrs.ago! Rebubs have no balls.
They are afraid of Racism . Our country is
going straight to hell!! 20 trillion!!! and counting! Are u kidding me?

Peggy Duncan Drake - September 13, 2016

God first for our nation then the US military should be the highest number of troops and always at peak performance. That is the only way to keep our wonderful country safe.

Dick Gutru - September 13, 2016

Very much so. “Walk softly and carry a BIG stick!”

Judy Wagner - September 13, 2016

It has been said that a strong America makes for a safer world. I, for one, believe this to be true. We have never sought to make other countries our subjects but instead try to point them to freedom, often a struggle coupled with being a worthwhile endeavor for all.

Norma - September 16, 2016

To Dave Hunt You hit it right on the ball

Phyllis Edewards - September 16, 2016

Yes. I have read that the present Administration has allowed the U.S. to become dangerously low in the ability for us to defend ourselves in any prospective hostilities by other countries. Of course, I think this information hopefully should not be recklessly bandied about until we are better prepared for conflict.

Cliff Ebel - September 17, 2016

YES!!!!!!!

Rodney Kendall - September 21, 2016

If it wasn’t for the greed of the elite, we wouldn’t have wars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nathan Thomas Weiss - January 20, 2017

YES I Believe America needs to rebuild its defenses and make Our Defenses even Larger.

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