LTC Allen West, Executive Director, Committee to Support and Defend
As America faces looming threats from “foreign” adversaries/enemies, our military is under assault from a culture war stemming from “domestic” ideologically inspired political policies and practices. If not stopped now, these policies will forever change the military’s warrior ethos essential to performing its mission of deterring aggression and, failing that, fighting and winning our Nation’s wars. Our military must be laser-focused on one mission — readiness, undiminished by the culture war engulfing our country.
I speak from experience. I come from a legacy of combat service in defense of this nation — four generations of my family are combat veterans. I, myself served in the U.S. military and continued my public service as a Member of the U.S. Congress and held a seat on the House Armed Services Committee. I bring this history of service to bear when I say this divisive policy must end.
As the Executive Director of the Committee to Support and Defend (CSD) — America’s constitutional conservative veterans organization — I stand alongside tens of thousands of CSD’s veteran service members who respectfully request that Congress, pursuant to its constitutional powers “…to raise and support Armies…” and “… to provide and maintain a Navy…,” take legislative action to remove all diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) programs from the Department of Defense (DoD). Additionally, we ask that you ensure that no DEI-related policies, programs, or funding are included in the 2024 NDAA.