Defense & National Security

Governor Hassan’s first and foremost responsibility is to protect the safety and security of New Hampshire’s citizens, and keeping our nation safe and secure will remain her highest priority as United States Senator. She will fight to ensure that America has the strongest military in the world, while also remaining the greatest force for good and ensuring that the use of our military might is a last resort.

In the wake of terrorist attacks here and around the world, Governor Hassan has worked with homeland security officials, the FBI and local police departments, leading New Hampshire’s security efforts to keep Granite Staters safe – including expanding New Hampshire’s Information and Analysis Center, enhancing safety plans at our public schools, instituting active shooter trainings for police departments across the state and strengthening cybersecurity.

Governor Hassan has strongly supported New Hampshire’s veterans, servicemembers and military families, increasing funding to allow the state Veterans Home to serve more veterans and adding new veterans’ service officers at the NH Office of Veterans Services. As a State Senator, she helped turn back a misguided effort to close the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. And as Commander in Chief of the New Hampshire National Guard, Governor Hassan has stood up for our highly-skilled guardsmen and women, fighting against federal cuts to National Guard resources and advocating for the basing of the new KC-46A air refueling tanker with the 157th Air Refueling Wing at Pease Air National Guard base. Earlier this year, the Governor received the National Guard Association of the United States’ Charles Dick Medal of Merit and the New Hampshire Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Seven Seals Award for her efforts.

In the Senate, she will work to build on her efforts to keep New Hampshire safe with a focus on destroying ISIS, protecting the homeland, strengthening our military, confronting aggression and maintaining America’s global leadership. She will fight to hold all regimes accountable if they break the rules or support terrorism, prevent nuclear weapons from falling into the wrong hands, and work with the international community to advance our vital interests while protecting the globe’s most vulnerable people.

The Governor firmly believes the United States must do more to wipe ISIS off the map, including intensifying our efforts to destroy its command and control structure through air strikes and targeted special operations raids, increasing our coordination and support for moderate forces, strengthening our intelligence capabilities and cutting off ISIS’s funding. Governor Hassan also believes we must increase pressure on Russia and the rest of the international community to reach a political solution in Syria that maintains stability after Assad is gone. And the Governor has called on Congress to finally take up, debate and pass a strong Authorization for the Use of Military Force, and be clear with the American people, our men and women in uniform and the international community that we are committed to defeating ISIS.

Above all, Governor Hassan believes that we must always demonstrate to all who seek to do us harm that they can never defeat the resiliency and strength that defines New Hampshire and the United States of America.

Read more about Governor Hassan’s plan to ensure that America remains safe, secure and strong.