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Norman: "We must make defense the main priority again to maintain peace and remain dominant"

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U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC) stressed the importance of the country's Department of Defense Strategy, Nuclear Posture Review, and Missile Defense Review in a statement provided to Homeland Newswire.

“I have strong faith in our military and the men and women who serve," Norman said. "The Department of Defense Strategy, Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) and Missile Defense Review (MDR) is merely a starting point of the need in our military. China has become a major threat because they are outpacing militaristic advances that we have simply not made a priority. It is clear now, with aggression toward the U.S. in multiple parts of the world, that we must make defense the main priority again to maintain peace and remain dominant in the land, air, and sea. Unfortunately, Biden’s NPR and MDR do not go far enough in terms of deterrence and in boosting our national defense, and the NDS (National Defense Strategy) is devoid of the clarity needed to accomplish these strategic goals.”

According to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the National Defense Strategy is "required to discuss the global strategic environment, force posture, and the role of the U.S. in global security." It also functions as the role that the Department of Defense plays in maintaining and utilizing the president's National Security Strategy. It covers the worldwide strategic environment, force posture, and America's role in global security. The report has been published every four years since 2005.

The Nuclear Posture Review is a legislatively mandated document that focuses on establishing U.S. nuclear policy, strategy, capabilities, and force posture for five to ten years. In comparison, the Missile Defense Review is a section of the NDS that reports on the current state of U.S. missile defense, strategy, policy, and capabilities. This report also includes information on enemy development, fielding, and integration of emerging missile technologies into their own national defensive strategies.

According to his official website, Norman was born and raised in South Carolina, and he graduated from Presbyterian College in 1975. He currently serves as a member of the House Committee on Financial Services and the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

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