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Americans for Peace, Prosperity and Security cites national security as No. 1 GOP election priority

December 22, 2015  |  Honorary Chairman Mike Rogers, News, South Carolina

With the South Carolina Republican primary scheduled for February, where presidential candidates stand on national security and terrorism will determine who voters choose in the 2016 Republican primaries and caucuses, the Honorable Mike Rogers, honorary chairman of Americans for Peace Prosperity and Security (APPS), said.

“Americans want a president who understands that stability abroad brings prosperity at home,” Rogers, former chairman of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee, told Palmetto Business News.

As host of “Something to Think About” on Westwood One and a CNN national security commentator, Rogers said the ongoing work of APPS continues to raise the profile of these critical issues among voters seeking the Republican nominee for commander-in-chief.

Timing is crucial as February heats up with the Iowa caucuses slated for Feb. 1; the New Hampshire primaries set for Feb. 9, followed by the South Carolina Republican presidential primary Feb. 20; and then the Nevada Republican caucuses unfold Feb. 23.

National security is the most important issue this election and voters are insisting on a candidate with solutions to those issues, Rogers added.

“Americans for Peace, Prosperity and Security has one mission: to educate voters in early presidential nominating states on issues related to our nation’s security,” Rogers said. “After 23 presidential candidate forums, email newsletters, blog posts and news clippings, APPS polls in Iowa, South Carolina and New Hampshire show our work is making a difference.”

And according to APPS’ detailed findings from a new public opinion survey — conducted Dec. 1-3 in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina — the specific national security concern among likely 2016 Republican caucus goers and primary voters is terrorism.

“Our polls show terrorism is overwhelmingly the top issue on [their] minds,” Rogers said.

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Don’t base policy on false narrative: Opposing view

December 15, 2015  |  Honorary Chairman Mike Rogers, News

To deny our intelligence services the tools needed to keep Americans safe is shortsighted and naive.

The challenges to our national security have never been greater. From international organized crime selling dirty-bomb materials on the black market, to sophisticated terrorists recruiting and planning attacks in America, the challenge to get our national security right is daunting.

The debate about what our intelligence services were and are doing on the subject of surveillance continues to be based on inaccurate, misleading accounts, sensationalized by the news media and some politicians, leading the public to believe a false narrative.

The phone records “metadata” program did not and does not collect the content of conversations, just the “to” and “from” billing data routinely provided by companies. The NSA contractor who leaked program details helped create a false narrative and led terrorists to change tactics.

The narrow metadata program stored anonymous information for a machine to run matches against known terrorists’ numbers, following a court-approved process. To call that storage invasive belies the reality of, and restrictions on, its use. Additionally, critics gloss over 38 terror plots in the U.S. and Europe the program helped prevent.

The program was recently changed so that telecom companies, rather than the NSA, hold the data. The companies store the data for different time periods, in different formats — creating a challenge for the FBI in an emergency. The attackers in San Bernardino, Calif., for example, could have been in touch with other operatives in the USA unknown to the FBI. The data needed to quickly identify a terrorist network is no longer immediately available to the FBI.

Though intelligence is not an exact science, our intelligence community has successes every day. Most of these accomplishments are never made known. To deny our intelligence services the tools needed to keep Americans safe is both shortsighted and naive.

The program was created after 9/11 when an intelligence gap was discovered. In light of San Bernardino, the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11, the program should be strengthened.

Mike Rogers is host of Westwood One radio’s Something to Think About, a CNN commentator, and past chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

New Early States GOP Polls: National Security Top Issue

December 7, 2015  |  Honorary Chairman Mike Rogers, News

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Washington, D.C. – Americans for Peace, Prosperity and Security (APPS) released detailed findings of new public opinion surveys on top issues for likely 2016 Republican caucus goers and primary voters. The surveys were conducted between December 1 – 3, in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina and announced by The Honorable Mike Rogers, Honorary Chairman of APPS and former Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and Brock McCleary, President of Harper Polling.

“When we launched APPS on a snowy February day in Iowa, our mission was to drive interest in national security among GOP caucus goers and early state primary voters,” said Mike Rogers, Honorary Chairman of APPS. “Along with all that is going on around the world, the work of APPS has raised the profile of these critical issues and the knowledge base of those who will select the Republican nominee for commander in chief. Likely caucus goers in Iowa and likely primary voters in New Hampshire and South Carolina now believe national security is the most important issue this election and they are insisting on a candidate with solutions to those issues.”

“Our surveys of likely Republican primary voters and caucus attendees in three early-voting states demonstrate that the issue of national security and terrorism will likely determine the presidential nominee for the Republican Party in 2016,” said Brock McCleary, President of Harper Polling.

APPS GOP poll findings:

  • Surveys of likely Republican primary voters and caucus attendees in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina show the issue of national security and terrorism will likely determine the presidential nominee for the Republican Party in 2016.
  • Question: Which of the following Republican candidates for president do you trust the most to handle national security issue:
    • Iowa: 34% Cruz; 19% Trump; 12% Bush & Rubio; 6% Carson; 4% Christie & Fiorina; 2% Kasich
    • New Hampshire: 25% Trump; 14% Bush; 12% Christie; 10% Kasich & Rubio; 8% Cruz; 5% Carson; 3% Fiorina
    • South Carolina: 24% Trump; 17% Cruz; 15% Bush; 13% Rubio; 8% Carson; 6% Christie; 4% Fiorina; 3% Kasich
  • Question: How important are a presidential candidate’s positions on national security in determining your vote for president next year?
    • Iowa: 75% very important
    • New Hampshire: 65% very important
    • South Carolina: 75% very important
  • Question: Which of the following countries or threats do you believe pose the greatest risk to America’s national security: China, Russia, Terrorism, Iran, or North Korea?
    • Iowa: 60% terrorism
    • New Hampshire: 54% terrorism
    • South Carolina: 57% terrorism
  • Likely Republican primary voters and caucus attendees in the three critical states of Iowa, South Carolina, and New Hampshire consider “National Security and Terrorism” to be the top issue facing our country (South Carolina: 47%, Iowa: 44%, New Hampshire: 38%).
  • Women are generally more concerned about “National Security and Terrorism” (SC: 55%, 19% Spending/Debt; IA: 48%, 27% Spending/Debt; NH: 44%, 17% Taxes/Living, 15% Spending/Debt) than men (SC: 39% each, IA: 42% National Security, 39% Spending/Debt; NH: 36% National Security, 29% Spending/Debt).

The survey results prescribe the winning profile for the Republican Party’s presidential nominee:

  • A candidate who embraces and promotes national security as the top issue facing the county.
  • One who is perceived as a “national security” candidate rather than an “economic” or “religious liberty” candidate.
  • A candidate who demonstrates experience and depth of knowledge regarding terrorism and national security – 75% of Republicans call it “very important” to their vote.
  • One who recognizes ISIS as “the greatest risk to America’s national security” and has a plan to defeat it.
  • A candidate who can reassure voters that the failures of the Iranian nuclear deal and the rise of ISIS will be addressed with new American leadership.

Full APPS Presentation Memo | APPS Survey Memo

Detailed findings from Iowa here:
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Detailed findings from New Hampshire here:
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Detailed findings from South Carolina here:
http://bit.ly/1LZsUo9http://bit.ly/1IAu7rh

Americans for Peace, Prosperity and Security has been driving the national security debate during the 2016 presidential race. APPS has hosted 23 national security candidate forums in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Michigan with 11 Republican presidential candidates. Through its teams on the ground in each of the early voting states, APPS has also built lists of tens of thousands of likely caucus goers and primary voters. For months, we have been educating those voters on critical national security issues and the importance for the next commander in chief to have a clear understanding of the challenges and benefits of American leadership. APPS has generated more than $600 million nationally in earned media coverage.

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Detroit News

Rogers’ group puts Mich. in security debate spotlight

August 31, 2015  |  Honorary Chairman Mike Rogers, Iowa, New Hampshire, News, South Carolina

Ohio Gov. John Kasich will be quizzed on his foreign policy views Monday at a forum in Southfield sponsored by a group seeking to inject national security issues into the 2016 presidential race.

Kasich will take part in a 45-minute event sponsored by Americans for Peace, Prosperity and Security, which is led by former Michigan U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Howell. Monday’s 1 p.m. event with Kasich at Lawrence Technological University marks the first APPS national security forum outside of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina — which hold the first caucuses and primaries.

APPS has held 13 of these one-on-one question-and-answer sessions with Republican presidential candidates in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, Rogers said.

Rogers, a former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, contends the forums are pushing the crowded field of Republican presidential candidates to hone their knowledge of international affairs and be prepared to answer “hard questions.”

“It’s really easy for a presidential candidate in years past to come to Iowa and say, ‘Hey, I’m for Israel, Putin is bad, let’s talk about some ethanol,’ ” said Rogers, referencing Russia President Vladimir Putin.

“…It is solely national security purposed. … What do you do with Iran now that the (nuclear) deal may or may not happen? How do you push Russia back into its cage? What are you doing about Chinese aggression in the South China Sea? … This will be the biggest issue the next commander-in-chief faces the day they take the oath.”

Danielle Pletka, senior vice president of foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, will ask Kasich questions.

Kasich participated in an APPS forum Aug. 17 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where the two-term Ohio governor was asked about his support for the Iraq war in 2002 and voiced support for sending American ground troops back to the Middle East to fight the Islamic State extremist group, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

APPS has done forums with South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, famed neurosurgeon and native Detroiter Dr. Ben Carson, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former computer executive Carly Fiorina.

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APPS LAUNCHES SECOND WEB VIDEO

July 1, 2015  |  Honorary Chairman Mike Rogers, Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina

Washington, D.C.  – Following chapter launches and four successful, in-depth national security policy forums in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, Americans for Peace, Prosperity and Security announces its second web video.

The new APPS web video features media highlights from in-state media coverage around APPS launches and initial forums.  With four forums in the books, APPS looks forward to dozens more throughout the summer and fall – driving a thoughtful national security debate during the 2016 presidential race.

Click on the image below to view the video. 

Mike Rogers at Americans for Peace Prosperity and Security Event

APPS seeks to do two things to shape the 2016 presidential race:

  • Raise the level of debate on the most important issues facing the country and move candidates beyond just rhetoric and talking points.
  • Enhance the knowledge base of citizens in the early presidential nominating states to help elect a president who supports American engagement and a strong foreign policy.

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Mike Rogers Announces APPS National Advisory Board

May 4, 2015  |  Honorary Chairman Mike Rogers, News

Washington, D.C.  – Today, Mike Rogers, Honorary Chairman of Americans for Peace, Prosperity and Security announced the APPS National Advisory Board.

The APPS National Advisory Board will advise APPS and Chairman Rogers on the strategic international issues on which the 2016 presidential candidates should be focusing.  The Board will also participate in the national security forums planned in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina as schedules allow.

“In order to ensure the right issues get in front of the candidates in the early presidential nominating states, APPS has assembled a stellar National Advisory Board of prominent national security and business leaders,” said Honorary Chairman Mike Rogers. “These leaders know the international challenges certain to face the next American president on day one, and they will engage with APPS citizen-activists to raise the level of debate and push candidates beyond rhetoric and talking points.”

“APPS is doing incredibly important work in the early presidential nominating states to ensure the next commander in chief is ready on day one,” said Steve Hadley. “I am honored to be a part of it.”

“I am proud to join this effort to focus much-needed attention during the upcoming presidential campaign on candidates’ commitment to ensuring the security of American citizens and interests at home and abroad,” said Walt Havenstein.

“National security must be part of the public debate when choosing our next president,” said The Honorable Heather Wilson. 

“I’m delighted to be part of this important initiative, because APPS is going to make a difference when and where we need it most,” said Danielle Pletka. “The two-way flow of information from policy experts to grassroots leaders in early presidential nominating states will help ensure the next president is ready to lead on day one.”
APPS National Advisory Board: 

  • Greg Brown, Chairman & CEO, Motorola Solutions.
  • John Coburn, Chairman and CEO, VT Systems, Inc.  Former Commanding General, U.S. Army Material Command.
  • John Engler, President, Business Roundtable.  Former Governor, State of Michigan.
  • Steve Hadley, Principal, RiceHadleyGates, LLC. Former National Security Advisor to President George W. Bush.
  • Walt Havenstein, former CEO, BAE Systems, Inc.  Former Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps.
  • Danielle Pletka, Senior Vice President, American Enterprise Institute.
  • The Honorable Heather Wilson, President, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.  Former Congresswoman, NM-01, former U.S. Air Force Officer.

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Mike Rogers Launches NH Chapter of APPS and Announces Advisory Board

March 26, 2015  |  Honorary Chairman Mike Rogers, News

Manchester, NH – On the heels of the first presidential candidate announcement of the 2016 race, The Honorable Mike Rogers, former Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, announced the New Hampshire leadership of Americans for Peace, Prosperity and Security (APPS). Additionally, Rogers announced APPS will host its first New Hampshire national security forum with a presidential candidate during the week of June 22.

“In a time of great uncertainty around the globe, it has never been more crucial that our president is ready to face the increasingly complex national security challenges that lie ahead,” Rogers said. “There will be no time for on-the-job training or empty rhetoric. We want to move candidates past their talking points and engage New Hampshire citizens on the importance of strong foreign policy and American engagement in the world.”

“From nuclear proliferation to increasingly sophisticated terrorism networks, the next President of the United States will face complex national security issues,” said Walt Havenstein. “Voters need to hear from presidential candidates about how they would address the challenges facing our nation from around the globe. Americans for Peace, Prosperity and Security will engage candidates and voters to promote discussion of these challenges. I am proud to join the efforts of Chairman Rogers to focus much-needed attention during the upcoming presidential campaign on candidates’ commitment to ensuring the security of American citizens and interests at home and abroad.”

APPS will play a significant role in shaping the 2016 debate by hosting national security forums in the early presidential nominating states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. It will also educate and motivate citizens in these states about the strong national security and foreign policies necessary to provide for American peace, prosperity and security in this century.

New Hampshire Advisory Board:

  • Rich Ashooh, Business Executive – Bedford
  • Hon. Charlie Bass, Former U.S. Congressman – Peterborough
  • James Bell, CEO of EPE Corporation – Bedford
  • Beverly Bruce, IBM Executive – Center Tuftonboro
  • Hon. Sharon Carson, State Senator – Lononderry
  • Gerardine Ferlins, CEO of Citronics – Hollis
  • Bill Greiner, Real Estate Developer – Bedford
  • Walt Havenstein, Former CEO of BAE Systems, Inc. and SAIC – Alton
  • Michael J. Hickey, Interim Dean, UNH Manchester – Newmarket
  • Dan Innis, Business Owner & Marketing Professor – Portsmouth
  • Dean Kamen, President of DEKA Research and Development – Bedford
  • Hon. Joe Kenney, Marine Reserve Officer and Executive Councilor – Union
  • Gary Lambert, Marine Veteran and Attorney – Nashua
  • Shannon McGinley, Community Activist – Bedford
  • Jason Novak, CEO of FAT Mongoose Technologies – Nashua
  • Renee Plummer, VP of Two International Group – Portsmouth
  • Tom Rath, Former New Hampshire Attorney General – Concord
  • Teresa Rosenberger, Former Telecommunications Executive – Concord
  • Hillary Seeger, USAF Veteran – Meredith
  • Ken Solinksy, Founder and Former President of Insight Technologies – Bedford
  • Ambassador Paul Speltz, CEO of Global Strategic Associates – Moultonborough
  • Hon. Joe Sweeney, State Representative and UNH Student – Salem

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NJ Journal

Havenstein reemerges to roll out NH arm of pro-‘engagement’ foreign policy group

March 25, 2015  |  Honorary Chairman Mike Rogers, New Hampshire, News

Former GOP candidate for governor Walt Havenstein will reemerge on the political/public policy scene on Thursday to help a former congressman and leading foreign policy expert introduce a New Hampshire arm of national group calling on presidential candidates to focus on what it views as a need for a strong U.S. role in world affairs.

Havenstein, the former CEO of BAE Systems and a retired United States Marine, will join with former U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers of Michigan to introduce a New Hampshire Advisory Board for a political group called Americans for Peace Prosperity and Security.

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