- October 30, 2016 -
Donald J. Trump’s Defense Plans Will Boost Colorado Military & Create Jobs
"Colorado is quite literally the front line of American national defense, as home of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and Air Force Space Command. Fort Carson is home to the 4th Infantry Division, whose soldiers have fought with extraordinary distinction in every conflict since World War I. Donald Trump has pledged to build a comprehensive ballistic missile defense system with a heavy focus on space-based early warning and missile detection of the type pioneered by Air Force Space Command in Colorado. This historic investment in defending our homeland will mean that Colorado communities that support this effort will become a magnet for new investment, new technologies, and new jobs in the 21st century space and high-tech economies. Donald Trump's vision for national defense will not only keep our country safe, it will mean new opportunities for the people of Colorado as we work together to Make America Great Again." – Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO)
MEMO: Donald J. Trump's Comprehensive Defense Proposal Will Benefit Colorado
FROM: Alexander Gray, Senior Defense Advisor
TO: Interested Parties
Under the Obama-Clinton Administration, the U.S. military has experienced the most serious readiness crisis in over a generation while force structure across all the military services has shrunk significantly. Today, the U.S. Army is the smallest it has been since before World War II and the U.S. Air Force is the smallest and oldest it has ever been. Under defense sequestration and the Obama-Clinton Administration's hundreds of billions of dollars in cuts to national defense, Army units are seeing their realistic training exercises cut dramatically; Air Force pilots are seeing flying hours slashed; and maintenance of critical vehicles and aircraft is being deferred.
Yet even as the Obama-Clinton Administration has chosen to neglect our military's very real needs, competitors and potential adversaries around the world are investing heavily in their own capabilities. China has tested anti-satellite weapons capable of targeting the U.S. military's satellites in orbit while experimenting with hypersonic weapons that could reach the United States homeland in minutes and overwhelm existing missile defense systems. Russia and Iran are expanding their military space programs, and even North Korea is pledging to put a satellite into space while marching toward an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of threatening the U.S. West Coast with a nuclear device.
Donald Trump has proposed the most significant military buildup since Ronald Reagan's presidency. To begin, he will immediately work with Congress on a bipartisan basis to remove defense sequestration and allow our military services to focus on the long-term strategic planning they require. This step will restore military readiness and allow our soldiers, airmen, sailors, and Marines to conduct the training and maintenance they need to be combat ready.
Mr. Trump has pledged to rebuild our Army, now at roughly 490,000 soldiers, toward an active end-strength of 540,000 soldiers as recommended by the Army's Chief of Staff. This means significantly expanding the number of Bridge Combat Teams (BCT) in the active Army, including at major installations like Fort Carson that are a critical to the Army's ability to respond to crises around the world.
Mr. Trump's plan also provides our Air Force with a significant increase in its inventory of fighter aircraft, building toward the 1,200 modern aircraft that independent analyses indicate is necessary in an increasingly dangerous world. He has also pledged to invest heavily in maintaining American predominance in outer space by properly resourcing our Air Force's Space Command, headquartered at Peterson Air Force Base and with critical units at Buckley Air Force Base. Under a Trump Administration, the United States will build a comprehensive ballistic missile defense system with a heavy emphasis on space-based early warning and missile tracking technologies. Much of this critical, high-end work will take place at Space Command facilities like Peterson and Buckley Air Force Bases and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station.
The Trump plan to rebuild our military is a truly national effort, and Colorado will be asked to play its traditional role as a leading contributor to American national security. Much of our nation's missile defense and early-warning efforts will be led directly from Colorado-based Air Force Space Command, providing critical know-how to what will be a truly revolutionary investment in defending the American homeland from the growing threat of ballistic missile proliferation by rogue regimes like Iran and North Korea. This effort will likely have significant economic impact in areas like Colorado Springs and elsewhere, acting as a magnet for skilled, high-paying jobs in the defense and aerospace sectors.
Donald Trump's plan for American national defense is historic in scope and visionary in its intent. We will rebuild our depleted military services, invest in the technologies of the 21st century, provide a growth engine for key sectors of our economy, and keep the American people safe from growing threats around the world. Colorado's longstanding contributions to American national defense will expand even further under a Trump Administration as we truly Make America Great Again.