As our soldiers are engaged in war in Afghanistan (America's longest war) and winding down in Iraq, the military must also look to a diverse and unpredictable melange of future threats.  For example, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates has cited "terrorism and terrorists in search of weapons of mass destruction, Iran, North Korea, military modernization programs in Russia and China, failed and failing states, revolution in the Middle East, cyber, piracy, proliferation, natural and man-made disasters, and more."  Meanwhile, here in the United States, homeland security encompasses issues ranging from terrorism to activity at the borders to securing cyberspace.

The White House-Defense

U.S. Department of Defense
  -Afghanistan International Security Assistance Force
  -Iraq Operation New Dawn
  -Warrior Care

U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee
U.S. House Armed Services Committee

Office of the Director of National Intelligence
U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

The White House-Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security 

 -State Homeland Security and Emergency
 -Homeland Security Studies & Analysis Institute

U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs
U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security

Center for Strategic & International Studies: Defense and Security

"provides strategic insights and practical policy solutions to decision makers committed to advancing global security and prosperity. Founded in 1962 by David M. Abshire and Admiral Arleigh Burke, CSIS is a bipartisan, non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C with more than 220 employees."

Center for Defense Information (World Security Institute)

"provides expert analysis on various components of U.S. national security, international security and defense policy. CDI promotes wide-ranging discussion and debate on security issues such as nuclear weapons, space security, missile defense, and military transformation...  To ensure the ability to provide objective analysis, CDI accepts no U.S. government or defense industry funding. To encourage the intellectual freedom of the staff, CDI does not hold policy positions."

American Enterprise Institute-Foreign and Defense Policy Studies
The Brookings Institution-Defense
CATO Institute-Foreign Policy and National Security
Center for American Progress-National Security  
The Heritage Foundation-Issues, Foreign & Defense
Rand Corporation-National Security

Project on Defense Alternatives

"has sought to adapt security policy to the challenges and opportunities of the post-Cold War era. Toward this end it promotes consideration of the broadest range of defense options. Central to its mission is the development of "transitional security policy," which would serve to create conditions favorable to the advent of regional and global cooperative security regimes."

International Crisis Group

"The International Crisis Group is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation, with nearly 120 staff members on five continents, working through field-based analysis and high-level advocacy to prevent and resolve deadly conflict."

United States Institute of Peace

"an independent, nonpartisan federal institution created by Congress to promote the prevention, management, and peaceful resolution of international conflicts."

Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation

"seeks the reduction and eventual elimination of nuclear weapons as a significant tool of U.S. national security policy."

Council for a Livable World

"Founded by eminent nuclear physicist Leo Szilard, the Council for a Livable World has advocated for the elimination of weapons of mass destruction since 1962."

Center for Security Policy

"The Center for Security Policy has, since its founding in 1988, operated as a non-profit, non-partisan organization committed to the time-tested philosophy of promoting international peace through American strength. It accomplishes this goal by stimulating and informing national and international policy debates, in particular, those involving regional, defense, economic, financial and technology developments that bear upon the security of the United States."

Center for Military Readiness

"formed to take a leadership role in promoting sound military personnel policies in the armed forces. CMR is a unique alliance of civilian, active duty and retired military people in all 50 states, and is the only organization that concentrates on military personnel issues full-time."

Center for Military Readiness-Problems with Gays in the Military
HRC-Repeal DADT Now Campaign

National Defense Industry Association

North Atlantic Treaty Organization

The World's Armed Forces Links

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
The American Legion
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Disabled American Veterans
Military Family and Veterans Service Organizations of America

The Candidates' Websites
Obama  |  Romney  |  Johnson

July 2012 Speeches to VFW National Convention:
Obama  |  Romney

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