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Haley Barbour on Homeland Security

Former Republican MS Governor (until 2012)


Defense industry is economic bright spot for MS

An economic bright spot is our defense industry. Navistarís new IMG facility at West Point employs some 800. Northrup Grummanís shipyards have just won new multi-billion dollar ship contracts. General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, Rolls Royce: our traditional defense contractors are strong. And weíve added some new defense industries, such as EADís American Eurocopter & RTI International Metals. The defense industry, like energy, is not subject to the same economic variables as most other sectors.
Source: 2008 State of the State address to state legislature , Jan 21, 2008

The US must secure peace through strength and dominance

Source: Agenda for America, by Gov. Haley Barbour, p.167 , Apr 25, 1996

Adequate resources for readiness, as well as needed hardware

The US will adequately fund its defense budget and stop the erosion of our military capability brought about by the Clinton administration. This will include adequate resources for training and readiness, as well as needed hardware. Moreover, the American defense industrial base will be strengthened to prevent further deterioration of its capacity to respond to national needs.

The "hollow military" of the 1970s is increasingly evident in our current force structure. After the enormous efforts by the Reagan and Bush administrations to rectify the neglect of a previous antimilitary Democrat administration, we once more observe a downward spiral in the capabilities of our forces.

Source: Agenda For America, by Haley Barbour, p.168 , Apr 25, 1996

Need missile defense against blackmail and terrorism

We face an increased threat from ballistic missiles of all ranges, armed with conventional, chemical, biological, or nuclear warheads. (Ballistic missiles are the means of delivering some of these rapidly proliferating weapons.) This growing global threat to American security and that of its allies is the proximate consequence of the looming threat of the proliferation of WMD and their means of delivery.

Effective defenses are urgently needed to counter the ballistic and cruise missiles' potential for blackmail, terror, disruption, and destruction.

Thanks to Reagan-Bush investments in Strategic Defense Initiative, technology is ready and deployment can begin within the next 3 years. But the policies, plans, and programs of the Clinton administration are an obstacle to this objective and must be changed.

Source: Agenda For America, by Haley Barbour, p.218-219 , Apr 25, 1996

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