Why Smart Power?
- prevent crises
- stabilize weak & fragile states
- combat terrorism
- create jobs
- promote commerce
- open new markets
- encourage freedom
- combat infectious diseases
- suport humanitarian effort
We live in a dangerous world and a world of opportunity. Increasingly our diplomatic and development resources is absolutely critical and money well spent to deal with the dangers and seize the opportunities.
I commend the President for his committment to these urgently needed investments in our nation’s economic and national security.
The reality is foreign aid frankly saves us money, it saves us warfare, as far as I'm concerned.
Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), U.S. Air Force veteran
I know the value of international not-for-profits, diplomacy and foreign aid. (As the only global superpower we also have a responsibility to lead in issues of human rights, public health, the environment and diplomacy.)
Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), U.S. Army veteran
If you don’t fund the State Department fully, then I need to buy more ammunition.
General James Mattis, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.)
Development is a lot cheaper than sending soldiers
Former Defense Secretary Bob Gates
Our security will be improved by sustaining foreign aid in the years ahead rather than by making further cuts.
General David Petraeus, U.S. Army (Ret.)
We Are Veterans for Smart Power
As veterans and their supporters,
we need to stand together to ensure putting our military in harm’s way is a last resort.
Your story can make an impact in support of military and civilian tools
such as diplomacy, food aid, education, and economic development.
Speak out in support of smart power and make sure your representatives know what you expect of them.