General Kerrick, a member of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s National Security Advisory Council, writes that “As a military man and former deputy national security advisor, I know what it takes to win not just battles but wars, and I firmly believe that investing in diplomacy and development will pay off in the end. And I’m not alone in this… Led by our generals, our military will win battles with military power, but it will take U.S. diplomacy, along with other elements of our national power, to win wars.”
He also writes, “Efficient and effective international affairs programs are the key to meeting the global challenges of the 21st century, protecting our national security and growing our economy here at home. Taxpayers’ small investment of around one percent of the overall federal budget reaps rich rewards, from stability in dangerous corners of the world, such as Afghanistan, to new export markets that help create jobs in cities and towns across America.”
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