National Security

California Democrats believe in a comprehensive approach to our national security in which war is a last resort. That security is enhanced, not weakened, by our commitment to the values embodied in our nation's founding documents.

America's Security in the 21st Century

In laying out his vision for national security, President Obama declares that military might alone is not enough to protect America in the 21st century. A strong economy, a commitment to innovation as well as our fundamental dedication to human dignity and the rule of law are elemental in securing America's future. America leads by engaging the world. But make no mistake: This engagement is no end in itself. The international order we seek is one that can resolve the challenges of our times - countering violent extremism and insurgency; stopping the spread of nuclear weapons and securing nuclear materials; combating a changing climate and sustaining global growth; helping countries feed themselves and care for their sick; resolving and preventing conflict, while also healing its wounds.

President Obama Signs Historic Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty

On April 8, 2010, President Obama and the Russian President Dmitri Medvedev signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), providing a framework for reducing the number of nuclear weapons held by both countries by roughly one third.The treaty significantly reduces missiles and launchers," Obama said. "It puts in place a strong and effective verification regime. And it maintains the flexibility that we need to protect and advance our national security, and to guarantee our unwavering commitment to the security of our allies."

Restoring America's Standing in the World: a key element of national security

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