Senator Coons discusses American leadership with military, business, faith leaders

September 11, 2012 By Jonathan Ewing

This post was written by the office of Senator Coons.


On Tuesday, Senator Coons met with over 30 members of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) for a breakfast discussion about how America’s investments in global development and diplomacy are critical to our national security and economic growth, as well as a reflection of our values as a nation.

The breakfast included top leaders from the business, military, faith and nongovernmental communities. Patrick Bellon, Executive Director of Veterans for Common Sense, emphasized the effectiveness of development in promoting security and preventing conflict. Tom Callahan, Vice President of Government Affairs for PAE, Inc. described the importance of leveraging the generosity of the American people to build a coalition of support for addressing pressing global issues.

Chris expressed his strong support for the International Affairs Budget, emphasizing that “the roots of conflict are fed by misery and poverty” and noting that by responsibly funding international development initiatives, the United States can save lives and encourage sustainable growth to foster long-term stability around the world.

He also took the opportunity to recognize Senators Graham, Leahy and Isakson for their support of a strong and effective International Affairs Budget and thanked the more than 400 Delawareans who attended the Opportunity: Africa conference in Wilmington earlier this year.