Our military men and women represent the very best of America. The strength of our national security is derived from our soldiers' dedication, professionalism and their willingness to sacrifice it all to protect and defend freedom and liberty. It is undeniable that the world remains a dangerous place.

While the U.S. should not be the world's sole source of security, we must never turn our back on being the beacon to those who seek to embrace freedom, democracy, rule of law and a respect for human rights. As a result, we must pursue a national security policy founded on President Reagan's principle: peace through strength.