Top 40 National Security Moments #30 – #21
With Independence Day this week, the Truman National Security Project has selected the top 40 national security moments of the past four years. See “Related Posts” (to the right) for the other 30!
30. Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden create Joining Forces
(April 13th, 2011)
Joining Forces is an initiative to support the families of our armed forces. From helping military families find employment to enhancing wellness programs for returning troops, Joining Forces is a 21st century solution to Veterans care.
29. Obama becomes first U.S. President in history to attend East Asian Summit
(November 16th, 2011)
Building on Secretary Clinton’s diplomatic progress in Asia, Obama caps off a seven-day Asian tour by reaffirming U.S. relations with Asia at the East Asian Summit.
28. President Clinton Negotiates Release of Two Journalists Imprisoned in North Korea
(August 4th, 2009)
The journalists, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, were jailed for several months.
27. U.S. support of Afghan Forces begins making headway
(April 19th, 2012)
The Afghan people show an outpouring of support for the Afghan Security Forces, following their successful defense of the capital city, Kabul, from a Taliban attack. U.S. support has played a critical role in training Afghan forces to be able to combat terror at home. (Check out these must-see photos from Truman Fellow Eli Sugarman)
26. Obama closes secret detention facilities abroad
(Janurary 22nd, 2009)
Obama signs executive orders closing secret detention facilities around the world. In doing so, he reaffirms America’s commitment to rule of law and human rights.
25. Secretary Clinton, General Dempsey and Secretary Panetta fight for security on the seas
(May 23rd, 2012)
In a historic moment, America’s top diplomat, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and top defense official come together to advocate for the approval of the U.N. Convention of the Law of the Seas treaty (UNCLOS). They underscore the military and economic importance of joining the treaty, which over 160 countries currently belong to. (Check out Truman Veteran Leadership Academy graduate Douglas Peters’ piece on the security implications of not approving UNCLOS)
24. Obama calls for pay increase for servicemembers
(February 13th, 2012)
While he reduces spending in warzones, the President takes care of America’s troops.
23. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates invited to stay at the Pentagon
(November 25th, 2008)
For the first time in history, a Secretary of Defense is asked to continue to serve under a different party. Obama chose Gates for his forward-thinking national security policy and his dedication to public service. Sec.Gates continues to advocate for responsible international development and the need to increase international aid.
22. Obama releases Bush-era “Torture Memos” and enhances transparency
(April 16th, 2009)
Staying true to his promise of advancing America’s role as the global leader on human rights, the President releases top-secret memos that detailed interrogation tactics under the Bush Administration.
21. Obama makes good on promise for “Green Vets Initiative”
(August 19th, 2009)
The Department of Labor is awarded more than $100 million for two programs that provide clean energy jobs and job training opportunities to returning Veterans.
Daniel Gaynor is Truman’s Digital Strategist and the Editor-in-Chief of The Truman Doctrine.