March 21, 2020

Statement from the Co-Chairs of the USGLC National Security Advisory Council on Emergency COVID-19 Funding

Admiral James Stavridis (Ret.) and General Tony Zinni (Ret.)

Co-Chairs of the National Security Advisory Council of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition

The USGLC’s National Security Advisory Council is comprised of more than 200 three- and four-star retired generals and admirals.

No matter how successful we are in fighting the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic at home, we will never stop it unless we are also fighting it around the world. As Congress works on emergency funding to address the domestic impact – which is and must be our top priority – we must also prioritize resources for the State Department, USAID, and other development agencies on the frontlines keeping Americans safe.

If there is anything that we have seen in the last several weeks, it is that a deadly virus threat anywhere is a deadly threat everywhere. When 70% of the world remains underprepared to respond to a public health emergency, America must lead – and that will require smart investments in our diplomats and development programs.

The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition ( is a broad-based influential network of 500 businesses and NGOs; national security and foreign policy experts; and business, faith-based, academic, military, and community leaders in all 50 states who support strategic investments to elevate development and diplomacy alongside defense in order to build a better, safer world.