The attacks of September 11, 2001, shook our nation to its core and will forever serve as a reminder that we must maintain constant diligence in pursuing threats to our national security. The peace dividend, brought about by the fall of the Soviet Union, lead to a weakening of our national security apparatus. Today, we face a multitude of threats - both foreign and domestic.
To counter these threats, we must ensure that we continue to have the strongest military, law enforcement and intelligence services the world over. Border security must be strengthened and interior enforcement must be achieved. Our armed services must have the ability to confront existing threats and be forward-thinking in assessing emerging threats. The concept of “peace through strength,” championed by President Ronald Reagan, should be our guiding principle.