The current state of our military is unacceptable.
Woke generals need to be replaced. Just like in our schools, the divisive and hateful doctrine of Critical Race Theory (CRT) must be banned from being taught to our troops.
We need less General Mark Milley, and more General George S. Patton.
This administration must also be held accountable for weakening America and emboldening our enemies abroad. Congress must ensure that the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the utter lack of leadership that caused it, never happens again and that the officials responsible for it are finally held accountable.
I believe that we need a foreign policy that puts America First and which never lets us get bogged down in 'forever wars' or nation building abroad ever again.
Instead, we should start getting tough on actual threats like Communist China, which presents a national security challenge unlike anything we've ever seen before in our country’s history.
Against this unprecedented threat we must urgently launch a “Manhattan Project” like effort to rapidly modernize our military on everything from AI, to cyber, space, hypersonic missiles and our nuclear deterrent - for which Hill Air Force Base (HAFB) must play a critical role.
Hill Air Force Base is critical to our district’s economy – contributing about ~4bn annually. In fact, it’s the largest single-site employer in the state. We need to fight at the congressional level to protect the interests of our service members and civilian contractors and ensure HAFB is never closed or moved as the Obama administration tried to do in 2013.
I am also committed to sponsoring legislation that will finally harden our electric grid to protect against the EMP threat.
Finally, we need to start putting our troops first. This starts with repealing the vaccine mandate, restoring any lost benefits or pay to service members discharged due to this mandate, and continuing the reforms to the Veterans Administration (VA) started by President Trump. Our troops & veterans need more control over their healthcare.
The greatest trust we can place in our representatives is making the decision to send our young men and women to war.
I have seen war firsthand as a civilian intelligence officer – I would be the first Utah house representative to have served in Iraq or Afghanistan. I will never send our troops to fight abroad in forever wars.
Our military should be focused on only one thing, and one thing only: being the most lethal fighting force in the world. We must ensure peace through OUR strength. As Teddy Roosevelt put it, we will "speak softly, but carry a big stick”.