“No national security strategy is complete in the long run without promoting global health, political freedom and economic progress.”
President George Bush, Washington Post, December 2010

“I think it’s important for people to know that foreign aid accounts for less than 2% of our budget … It’s a tiny amount that has a big impact, and I think America – to be a leader in the world, to have influence, to help stabilize countries and create opportunity for people so that they don’t breed terrorists or create huge refugee flows and so forth – it’s smart for us to make a very modest investment in foreign aid.”
President Barack Obama, Twitter Town Hall Meeting, July 6, 2011 

“The ultimate importance to the United States of our security and development assistance programs cannot be exaggerated. The programs and activities provided for in these bills will enable the United States to continue its contribution to the achievement of a secure and stable international environment.”
President Ronald Reagan
, Statement on Signing International Security and Foreign Assistance Legislation, December 29, 1981

“Security assistance programs, an essential complement to our defense effort, directly enhance the security of the United States. Development assistance also contributes to this effort by supplementing the indigenous efforts of recipients to achieve economic growth and meet the basic needs of their peoples. Progress in both of these areas will contribute to regional stability and to a more peaceful world, both of which are central U.S. policy objectives.”
President Ronald Reagan
, Statement on Signing International Security and Foreign Assistance Legislation, December 29, 1981

“We live in a dangerous world and a world of opportunity. Increasing 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 commitment to these urgently-needed investments in our nation’s economic and national security.”
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell,
February 1, 2010

“For the United States, supporting international development is more than just an expression of our compassion. It is a vital investment in the free, prosperous, and peaceful international order that fundamentally serves our national interest.”
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice,
Speech at the White House Summit on International Development, October 21, 2008

“Strong national security is dependent on having a strong diplomatic arm, a strong development arm, a strong intelligence arm, a strong capability to try to have strong economies in the world.  I mean, all of this is related to our national security.  And I think if any one of these areas suffers cuts above and beyond others its going to damage our security just be virtue of the kind of broad approach we need to have to be– to maintain the leadership position we have in the world.”
Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, 
House Budget Committee hearing, March 12, 2012. 

“The programs supported by the International Affairs Budget are as essential to our national security as defense programs. Development and diplomacy protect our nation by addressing the root causes of terrorism and conflict. But it’s not just about security. By building new markets overseas for American products, the International Affairs Budget creates jobs and boosts the economy here at home.”
Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge,
Statement on the release of the President’s FY11 International Affairs Budget request, February 2010

“If you don’t fund the State Department fully, then I need to buy more ammunition.”
General James Mattis,
Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, March 5, 2013

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