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National Security & Veterans Affairs

Michael Bennet (D)

• Increase the defense budget
• Supports keeping some troops deployed
• Pro-strengthening U.S. military power to respond to evolving conflicts
• Combat tech-specific threats to national security posed by foreign actors like China

Joe Biden (D)

• Increase the defense budget
• Supports keeping some troops deployed
• Government should gain access to "backdoors" in encryption to have an upper-hand in security matters
• Strengthen national security against tech threats and hacking

Cory Booker (D)

• Increase the defense budget
• Supports keeping some troops deployed
• Work to counter violent extremism, especially online
• Against military action "without a clear plan" or authorization from Congress
• Believes the largest national security threat to the U.S. is nuclear weapons

Pete Buttigieg (D)

• Increase the defense budget
• Supports keeping some troops deployed
• Believes the PATRIOT Act undermined American freedoms
• White supremacy is a national security threat
• Invest $2 billion over 10 years in programs that counter hate-based ideology
• Ensure expanded and equitable disaster preparedness and relief
• Create a modern public health data system to provide an early warning, down to the neighborhood level, of health threats from the effects of things like climate change and infectious diseases

Julián Castro (D)

• Supports military expansion into cybersecurity
• Invest $2 billion over 10 years in programs that counter hate-based ideology

John Delaney (D)

• Decrease the defense budget
• Supports bringing troops back to US
• Wants to start a program that would provide high school students with incentives to serve their country, either through military or community service
• Believes the largest national security threat to the U.S. is nuclear weapons

Tulsi Gabbard (D)

• Decrease the defense budget
• Supports bringing troops back to US
• Stop the U.S. government from using taxpayer dollars to support groups who are working with ISIS to overthrow the Syrian government
• Believes the largest national security threat to the U.S. is nuclear war

Amy Klobuchar (D)

• Increase the defense budget
• Supports keeping some troops deployed
• Generally voted security over privacy
• Supports an increase in funding for cybersecurity
• Bring cyber-security expertise into the Defense Department immediately
• Fight ISIS internet recruiting without indicting Islam
• Believes the largest national security threat to the U.S. is Iran
• Invest in the Veterans Health Administration

Deval Patrick (D)

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Bernie Sanders (D)

• Decrease the defense budget
• Supports bringing troops back to US
• Generally against war and believes it should be used as a last resort
• Does not support the wars in the Middle East
• Focus on reducing homelessness among veterans

Tom Steyer (D)

• Rebuild American national security relationships

Donald Trump (R)

• Increase military spending
• Create a sixth branch of armed services, called the Space Force
• Keep PATRIOT Act in place

Joe Walsh (R)

• Supports bringing U.S. troops home from Afghanistan
• Believes that no one in the Taliban should be allowed on U.S. soil

Elizabeth Warren (D)

• Decrease the defense budget
• Supports bringing troops back to US from Afghanistan immediately
• Eliminate corruption in military contracting
• Improve military housing for families living at bases
• Plan for service members, veterans, and military families:
• Direct the DOD to expand resume and career coaching opportunities for military personnel considering transition
• Encourage veteran entrepreneurship by creating a new program to allow veterans to cash out their GI education benefits for a small business loan
• Invest in programs to connect transitioning service members with federally-recognized apprenticeship opportunities and good, union jobs
• Cut veteran suicides in half within her first term
• Eliminate the initial claims and appeals backlog of veterans waiting for benefits

Bill Weld (R)

• Supports cutting military spending by 20%
• Believes nuclear proliferation is the number one threat to national security

Marianne Williamson (D)

• Supports implementing suicide prevention programs for veterans
• Supports allocating a portion of the defense budget towards a 10 to 20 year plan to shift the economy from wartime to peacetime

Andrew Yang (D)

• Decrease the defense budget
• Supports keeping some troops deployed
• Rechannel 10% of military budget to infrastructure investments
• Create Secretary of Cybersecurity
• Bring the VP and Chief of Staff into the chain of command for nuclear decisions for himself and all future Presidents
• Ensure that those who are trained in the military can seamlessly transition to a job in the civilian economy
• Invest in non-profits that provide mentors to veterans and help them find and adapt to a new career
• Substantially decrease veteran homelessness by increasing employment and affordable housing options
• Increase investment into issues that affect the veteran community, such as suicide, PTSD, and battlefield-related injuries
• Cut the number of veteran suicides in half by the end of his first term