Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Rogers (R-AL), Lead Republican of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on the Biden administration’s National Defense Strategy, Nuclear Posture Review, and Missile Defense Review.
“Our nation faces unprecedented threats from China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran but the Biden administration lacks a clear plan to deter and defeat these threats. The threat of terrorism also has not dissipated but our counterterrorism capabilities have deteriorated since Biden’s catastrophic withdrawal from Afghanistan. We must come to the harsh realization that our nation is at risk of becoming vulnerable unless we make a concerted effort to boost our national defense now. The focus of our military should be wielding the most capable and lethal force to deter and defeat our adversaries – our warfighters should not be distracted with far-left climate priorities. We need to increase the production of munitions and weapons. We need to rebuild our naval fleet to deter Chinese aggression towards Taiwan. We also need to recognize that Russia and China’s nuclear arsenals are growing at an unprecedented clip. We must adjust the posture of our nuclear deterrent and missile defenses in kind – which includes funding the Nuclear Sea-Launched Cruise Missile (SLCM-N). Our adversaries won’t be deterred unless we take tangible actions now to strengthen our defense.”
Several of Biden’s military advisors have told Congress that they are in favor of continuing to fund SLCM-N.