Good news: a pro-defense coalition has been formed

The opponents of a strong defense still haven’t given up (and probably never will) and are still singling the defense budget out for massive cuts. There are many such people and organizations, including the liberal media, liberal “think-tanks” founded by George Soros, and even a few groups established solely to smear the DOD and defense spending and to cry out for defense cuts. For a long time, there was no counterweight to them.

But now there is.

A strong defense advocacy coalition has been formed recently, called “the Coalition to Provide for the Common Defense”.  It is not a separate group or think tank devoted exclusively to military issues. Rather, it’s a coalition of various groups, think-tanks, and individuals that support a strong defense and the robust funding required to build it.

These include:

  • Joel Arends, Chairman and Founder, Veterans for a Strong America
  • Albert J. Baciocco, Jr., Vice Admiral, US Navy (retired)
  • William A Bloomer, Brigadier General, USMC (retired)
  • Stephen C. Boone, Brigadier General , US Army (retired)
  • William G. “Jerry” Boykin, Lt. General, US Army Special Forces Command (retired)
  • L. Brent Bozell, Founder & President, Media Research Center
  • Debra Burlingame, Co-Founder, 9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America
  • Walter H. Cantrell, Rear Admiral, US Navy (retired)
  • Jim Carey, Rear Admiral, US Navy (retired)
  • Christopher Carmouche, Executive Director, GrassTopsUSA
  • John R. D. Cleland, Major General, US Army  (retired), Veterans in Defense of American Liberties
  • Thomas F. Cole, Major General, US Army (retired)
  • Richard M. Cooke, Major General, USMC (retired)
  • Hank Cooper, Chairman, High Frontier
  • Gregory Corliss, Major General, US Marine Corps (retired)
  • Elaine Donnelly, President, Center for Military Readiness
  • Billy J. Ellis, Major General, USAF (retired)
  • Frank J. Gaffney, Jr., President, Center for Security Policy
  • Robert H. Gormley, Rear Admiral, US Navy (retired)
  • Daniel Goure, Vice President, Lexington Institute
  • Colin A. Hanna, President, Let Freedom Ring
  • James Hanson,
  • Thomas B. Hayward, Admiral, US Navy (retired)
  • Geoffrey Higginbotham, Major General, US Marine Corps (retired)
  • Kim Holmes, Vice President, The Heritage Foundation
  • John Howland, Publisher, USNA-At-Large
  • Peter Huessy, President, Geostrategic Analysis
  • Bishop E. W. Jackson, Sr., President, STAND AMERICA
  • Jerome L. Johnson, Admiral, US Navy (retired)
  • Frederick J. Kroesen, General, US Army (retired)
  • Mike Kurtz – Cris Kurtz, Founders, The USA Patriots
  • Tony Less, Vice Admiral, US Navy (retired)
  • Herb London, President, Hudson Institute
  • James “Ace” Lyons, Admiral, US Navy (retired)
  • Jim Martin, Chairman, 60 Plus Association
  • Dr. Wm. Scott Magill, Executive Director, Veterans in Defense of Liberty
  • Robert Magnus, General, USMC (retired)
  • Gary Marx, Executive Director, Faith & Freedom Coalition
  • Robert B. McClinton, Rear Admiral, US Navy (retired)
  • Kris Mineau, Colonel, US Air Force, (retired), President, Massachusetts Family Institute
  • Benjamin Mixon, Lt. General, US Army (retired)
  • Riley Mixson, Rear Admiral, USN (retired)
  • Robert R. Monroe, Vice Admiral, US Navy (retired)
  • Mario F. Montero, Major General, US Army (retired)
  • Carl E. Mundy, Jr., General, US Marine Corps (retired), Former Commandant of the Marine Corps
  • James C. Murphy, Captain, SC, USNR (retired)
  • C. Preston Noell, President, Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.
  • Judson Phillips, Founder & CEO, Tea Party Nation
  • Darryl H. Powell, Brigadier General, US Army (retired)
  • Eric Rojo, Colonel, US Army (retired), Past President, Hispanic War Veterans of America
  • Frank Ryan, Colonel, US Marine Corps (retired)
  • Robert H. Scarborough, Vice Admiral, US Coast Guard (retired)
  • Edison E. Scholes, Major General, US Army (retired)
  • Hugh Scott, Rear Admiral (MC), US Navy (retired)
  • E. G. “Buck” Shuler, Lt. General, US Air Force (retired)
  • Michael P. Smith, Captain, US Navy (retired), Past National President, Reserve Officers Assoc. of the United States
  • Robert H. Spiro, Jr., Rear Admiral, USNR (retired)
  • Mat Staver, Founder & Chairman, Liberty Counsel
  • Richard Thompson, President & Chief Counsel, Thomas More Law Center
  • Melvin C. Thrash, Major General, US Army (retired)
  • Robert W. Van Wicklin, Vice President for Advancement, Houghton College
  • Claudius E. Watts, Lt. General,  US Air Force (retired)
  • Charles L. Wilson, US Air Force (retired)
  • Al Zapanta, Major General, US Army (retired), President & CEO, US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce

I see plenty of familiar names on that list, including two former service chiefs (General Mundy and Admiral Hayward), former PACFLT Commander Adm. James “Ace” Lyons (known for his commentaries on warship procurement programs), Frank Gaffney of the CSP, Dr Kim Holmes of the Heritage Foundation, Daniel Goure of the Lexington Institute, Elaine Donnelly of the CMR, Brent Bozell, VADM Robert R. Monroe (a former nuclear weapons strategist and a prominent critic of the 2010 NPR), and Debra Burlingame, the widow of the late Navy Lt. Charles Burlingame, who died on 9/11 when terrorists hijacked his plane and slammed it into the Pentagon.

The coalition intends to advocate the rebuilding of the US military and keeping it in such a shape that will allow it to repel any aggressor. In other words, it wants the federal government to comply with its duty of “protecting them [the states] against invasion”, and do what it was supposed to do – “provide for the common defence”, one of the reasons for its creation listed in the Constitution.

I hope the coalition’s voice will resonate with as many people as possible; that voters and members of Congress will get its message; and that further members will sign up.


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