The APPS difference in South Carolina

February 29, 2016  |  News, South Carolina

Columbia, S.C. – Mike Rogers, Honorary Chairman of Americans for Peace, Prosperity and Security (APPS), today highlighted APPS’ efforts to drive the national security debate during the South Carolina Republican primary election.

Among the top finishers in the South Carolina primary are those candidates voters believe have strength on national security and foreign policy issues. In December, APPS polling showed a quarter of likely South Carolina Republican primary voters said they trust Donald Trump the most “to handle national security issues” (24%). Trump was followed by Ted Cruz (17%), Jeb Bush (15%) and Marco Rubio (13%).

South Carolina Republican primary exit polls showed that security issues were the top or near the top of issues most important to primary voters.

“When we launched APPS last year, our goal was to educate primary voters and caucus goers in early presidential nominating states on the importance of selecting a candidate ready to assume the job on day one,” said Mike Rogers, Honorary Chairman of APPS. “After the results in Iowa, New Hampshire and now South Carolina showed national security issues were top-of-mind for voters and caucus goers in each of these three states we consider our mission a success. We will continue to work until election day in November, reminding voters that being commander-in-chief is the most important aspect of being president.”

Each of the ten, hour-long APPS national security forums in South Carolina received saturated in-state and national media coverage. In addition to the forums, columns and OpEds, APPS launched a highly targeted #NationalSecurityFirst digital advertising and email campaign focused on likely primary voters. Its goal was to encourage likely voters to keep national security issues at the top-of-mind as they voted on Saturday. The campaign finished with tens of thousands of targeted digital impressions.

“I am so proud of the 12 community leaders who volunteered to serve as APPS South Carolina Advisory Board members,” said Mike Rogers. “Their service was instrumental in getting candidates to attend our forums in South Carolina. There’s no question that our efforts paid off.”

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#NationalSecurityFirst launches in South Carolina

February 13, 2016  |  News, South Carolina

Columbia, SC – Mike Rogers, Honorary Chairman of Americans for Peace, Prosperity and Security(APPS), announced that the successful #NationalSecurityFirst digital awareness campaign will launch today in South Carolina, targeting likely primary voters.

Rogers, former Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, believes that national security must be top-of-mind for South Carolina primary voters. “It doesn’t take much more than turning on your television for someone to realize that we are in trouble overseas. We need a commander-in-chief ready to deal with the immense threats facing our nation on day one. We are urging South Carolina citizens to remember this when going to vote next Saturday,” he said.

Beginning today, just over one week from primary day, APPS will target likely South Carolina Republican primary voters on Facebook, Twitter and with emails, displaying messages on the importance of thinking #NationalSecurityFirst as they vote for the Republican nominee to be our next commander-in-chief.

APPS has hosted 26 national security forums, nine in South Carolina, with 14 Republican presidential candidates across Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Michigan. These forums drove more than $600 million in local and national earned media coverage. Video from the 26 past forums can be seen here: http://peaceprosperitysecurity.org/archived-forums/

APPS’ own polling has shown that these forums, OpEds, letters to the editor, emails, and social media posts have moved the needle for likely South Carolina primary voters. From Iran to ISIS, Russia to China, likely primary voters in South Carolina are greater attuned to the complex challenges facing America overseas. According to our poll, 75% of likely Republican voters say a candidate’s positions on national security are very important to determining their vote, and national security polled as the top issue at 47%.

Today’s launch of the #NationalSecurityFirst campaign in South Carolina is the culmination of those educational efforts to help primary voters select a nominee they believe is ready to serve as commander-in-chief.

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The APPS difference in New Hampshire

February 13, 2016  |  New Hampshire, News

Manchester, NH – Mike Rogers, Honorary Chairman of Americans for Peace, Prosperity and Security (APPS), today highlighted APPS’ efforts to drive the national security debate during the New Hampshire Republican primary election.

Among the top finishers in the New Hampshire primary are those candidates voters believe have strength on national security and foreign policy issues. In December, APPS polling showed a quarter of likely New Hampshire Republican primary voters said they trust Donald Trump the most “to handle national security issues” (25%). Trump was followed by Jeb Bush (14%), John Kasich (10%), Marco Rubio (10%) and Ted Cruz (8%).

New Hampshire Republican primary exit polls showed that security issues were the top or near the top of issues most important to primary voters.

“When we launched APPS in New Hampshire last year, our goal was to move the needle on national security during the presidential race and educate primary voters on the importance of selecting a candidate ready to assume the job on day one,” said Mike Rogers, Honorary Chairman of APPS. “I’m thrilled to say we did just that in New Hampshire and look forward to continuing this success with our APPS South Carolina team,” said Rogers.

Each of the eight, hour-long APPS national security forums in New Hampshire received saturated in-state and national media coverage. In addition to the forums, columns and OpEds, APPS launched a highly targeted #NationalSecurityFirst digital advertising and email campaign focused on likely primary voters. Its goal was to encourage likely voters to keep national security issues at the top-of-mind as they voted Tuesday. The campaign finished with tens of thousands of targeted digital impressions.

“I am so proud of the 28 community leaders who volunteered to serve as APPS New Hampshire Advisory Board members,” said Mike Rogers. “Their service was instrumental in getting candidates to attend our forums in New Hampshire. There’s no question that our efforts paid off.”

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Carson talks tough on ISIS during Gaffney campaign stop

February 13, 2016  |  News, South Carolina

GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson made a campaign stop in Gaffney Thursday to discuss national security and foreign policy.

The event, hosted by the South Carolina chapter of Americans for Peace, Prosperity and Security, drew a packed crowd in the back room of the Gaffney Visitors Center and Art Gallery.

Carson criticized the U.S. deal with Iran, saying it has caused our allies to question whose side the United States is on.

Moderator Mike Rogers, national chair with APPS, asked Carson about refugees and how best to handle the situation. Carson said the country has to be careful who it lets in because of potential ties to ISIS.

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#NationalSecurityFirst launches in New Hampshire

February 5, 2016  |  New Hampshire, News

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Manchester, NH – Mike Rogers, Honorary Chairman of Americans for Peace, Prosperity and Security (APPS), today announced that the successful #NationalSecurityFirst digital awareness campaign will launch in New Hampshire, targeting likely primary voters.

Rogers, former Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, believes that national security must be at the top-of-mind for New Hampshire primary voters. “It doesn’t take much more than turning on your television for someone to realize that we are in trouble overseas. We need a commander-in-chief ready to deal with the immense threats facing our nation on day one. We are urging Granite Staters to remember this when going to vote on Tuesday,” he said.

Beginning today, less than one week from primary day, APPS will target likely New Hampshire Republican primary voters on Facebook, Twitter and with emails, displaying messages on the importance of thinking #NationalSecurityFirst as they go to vote for the Republican nominee to be commander-in-chief.

APPS has hosted 26 national security forums, eight in New Hampshire, with 14 Republican presidential candidates across Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Michigan. These forums drove more than $600 million in local and national earned media coverage. Video from the 26 past forums can be seen here: http://peaceprosperitysecurity.org/archived-forums/

APPS’ own polling has shown that these forums, OpEds, letters to the editor, emails, and social media posts have moved the needle for likely New Hampshire primary voters. From Iran to ISIS, Russia to China, likely primary voters in New Hampshire are greater attuned to the complex challenges facing America overseas. According to our poll, 65% of likely Republican voters say a candidate’s positions on national security are very important to determining their vote, and national security polled as the top issue at 38%.

Today’s launch of the #NationalSecurityFirst campaign is the culmination of those educational efforts to help New Hampshire primary voters select a nominee they believe is ready to serve as commander-in-chief.

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APPS difference in Iowa

February 3, 2016  |  Honorary Chairman Mike Rogers, Iowa, News

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Des Moines, Iowa – Mike Rogers, Honorary Chairman of Americans for Peace, Prosperity and Security (APPS), today highlighted APPS’ efforts to drive the national security debate in Iowa.

Among the top finishers in the Iowa Republican caucus are those candidates voters believe have strength on national security and foreign policy issues. In December, APPS polling showed that just over a third of likely Iowa Republican caucus-goers say they trust Ted Cruz the most “to handle national security issues” (34%). Cruz was followed by Donald Trump (19%), and Marco Rubio (12%).

Iowa Republican caucus exit polls showed that national security and terrorism were the top or near the top of issues most important to caucus goers.

“When we launched APPS in Iowa, on a snowy February day last year, we said we wanted to move the needle on national security during the presidential race,” said Mike Rogers, Honorary Chairman of APPS. “I’m thrilled to say we did just that in Iowa and now we hand the mantle over to our APPS New Hampshire team,” said Rogers.

Each of the eight forums in Iowa received saturated in-state media coverage, were carried statewide on Mediacom Communications and many received national media coverage as well. In addition to the forums, columns and OpEds, APPS launched a highly targeted #NationalSecurityFirst digital advertising and email campaign focused on likely Iowa caucus goers. Its goal was to encourage likely voters to keep national security issues at the top-of-mind as they voted Monday night. The campaign finished with thousands of targeted digital impressions.

“I am so proud of the 26 community leaders who volunteered to serve as APPS Iowa Advisory Board members,” said Mike Rogers. “Their service was instrumental in getting candidates to attend eight forums in Iowa.  There’s no question that our efforts paid off.”

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National Security First

February 1, 2016  |  Blog, Honorary Chairman Mike Rogers, News

On Monday as you go to caucus, remember that the first duty of your pick for president is as commander-in-chief of our military.  The threat matrix arrayed against the United States is as bad as I have ever seen it, and our relationships around the world with our allies are the weakest they have been in years.  The name of the candidate you write on your caucus ballot may soon be leader of the free world, so remember that without safety here at home, and peace abroad, our prosperity cannot be assured.

After leaving Congress last year, I founded Americans for Peace, Prosperity and Security (APPS) to educate Iowans on vital issues of national defense, and urge presidential candidates to go behind campaign talking points and deeply discuss the threats facing us.  APPS has hosted 26 forums in four early nominating states, eight in Iowa alone.  We have had 14 different candidates talk with thousands of politically active Americans who are asking tough questions of those men and women seeking to be our next president.

We have also reached out to thousands of caucus goers and voters through social media and digital engagement, because we know that national security is the most critical issue we face today.  Iowans agree.  In a recent polling commissioned by APPS, 44% of Iowans see national security as the most serious issue in this election, with 60% citing terrorism as the biggest threat this country faces.  Be sure that as you caucus, national security is your first priority; choose a candidate that has the temperament and experience to lead us through dangerous times.

Recent attacks in San Bernardino, Jakarta, Istanbul, and Paris, and continued threats from terrorism make this an issue of global importance.  Instability in Yemen, Libya, Syria and Iraq provide safe havens for terrorists to plan, recruit and finance operations.  Our current strategy to fight ISIS is clearly not effective enough, and the next president must have a detailed plan to address this failing.

The Iranian nuclear deal has incentivized an arms race in the Middle East, and freed billions in frozen assets for the Ayatollah, the Revolutionary Guard, and the Quds Force.  Iran is the world’s largest state exporter of terror and is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of our troops in Iraq by providing IED materials to militias.

The threat from terrorism is great, but our “peer competitors” are also advancing their own interests, at the expense of the United States, our allies, and the neighbors of those aggressors.

China is expanding beyond its coastal waters, building island fortresses in an area claimed by its neighbors, and its naval publications talk about creating a blue water navy to project more power outward.  To that end it is building its second aircraft carrier.  China is also establishing its first overseas military installation in the horn of Africa.  Meanwhile, the Chinese army and intelligence services steal billions in American intellectual property through cyberespionage, and then turn those products over to Chinese companies to directly compete against us in the international marketplace.

Russia has proven itself willing to invade and occupy its neighbors to expand its military reach, seizing vital waterways by annexing Crimea, and increasing its territory in the country of Georgia a few years ago.  Putin has expanded his presence in Syria, and shown a willingness to attack Syrian and American interests directly by bombing U.S. trained rebel forces.

The next president will have a world to help repair, while defending us here at home.  It is your responsibility to help choose that next commander-in-chief.  Think “national security first” as you exercise your duty on Monday.

Mike Rogers is host of the Westwood One radio program “Something to Think About,” a CNN national security commentator, a Distinguished Fellow at the Hudson Institute, and is the past chairman of the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Originally appeared in The Iowa Republican: http://bit.ly/1P98Br7

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Securing our GPS infrastructure

February 1, 2016  |  Blog, Honorary Chairman Mike Rogers, News

Today Americans use GPS to casually find the closest Starbucks, or in instances as complicated as plotting shipping lanes amid changing channels. However this vital system is in dangerous disrepair and worse, susceptible to cyberattack.

The forebear to our GPS technology today was originally designed for the Department of Defense to scrutinize military movements, but evolved into the navigation and mapping tools we all now enjoy.

This once classified military technology was released to the public more than two decades ago and was quickly adapted and widely disseminated for civilian use. It has become second nature to use Google Maps, Apple Maps, Waze, and other apps contingent on GPS technology. Not only are GPS-based tools convenient, we are increasingly reliant on them; try to find a bi-fold paper map at a gas station today.
However, this vital tool is in danger. Not just from Chinese missile systems, which are capable of targeting the GPS network of satellites, but increasingly from our own gross mismanagement and under investment. A Government Accountability Office report from a few years ago said it expected GPS satellites to begin crumbling as early as 2010.

In the last year we have also seen a slew of prominent cyber thefts and destruction of digital property by hackers, both in the government and private sector. The GPS system is as susceptible to these threats as our other government networks and remains largely “unhardened” to these attacks. While the Air Force has begun the development process to rectify the cybersecurity issue with its GPS OCX program, it has fallen behind schedule and over budget.

While that tune is familiar in Congress and the Pentagon, this program should not be dismissed out of hand. Too much of our economy is at stake to allow the GPS system to be disrupted by an attack. Whether it seems to present a challenge to hackers, or is a necessary prepping of the battle space by a future adversary, a halt in services to the GPS system would damage the U.S. economy and our way of life.

We saw the Russians use cyberwarfare to damage Georgian systems prior to their invasion in 2008. They have prepped the battle space by diminishing Ukrainian capabilities as well. The Chinese, North Koreans and Iranians have all used cyberattacks to intimidate political opponents or punish enemies.

Military use aside, the American economy would be extremely challenged by an attack on our GPS capabilities, and our government, pressed by many critically underfunded programs, has let one more slip through the cracks. But unlike the Joint Strike Fighter or a list of other over budget military programs, GPS is directly used by a majority of Americans, and by multiple industries. The financial services sector even uses GPS to manage part of its computer systems responsible for timing trades, something critical to Wall Street and main street businesses.

The GPS OCX program will help protect our country’s prosperity and security moving forward. Air Force General Roger Teague, the director of Space Programs acquisition, said it would be “the most hardened information assurance system ever delivered by the Department of Defense.”

Next time you’re finding the route to your grandmother’s for Christmas, remember why GPS was developed, and at great cost. Today our country needs functional, cyber-hardened GPS services more than ever. The Air Force must maintain funding for this infrastructure, ensure appropriate management of those resources and continue the development of the GPS OCX program. Abandoning the project halfway through is a further waste of money, sends a dangerous message to our nation’s adversaries, and could be a potentially perilous decision for our future.

Rogers served in the House from 2001 to 2015, and was chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He is host of the Westwood One radio program “Something to Think About,” a CNN national security commentator, and a distinguished fellow at the Hudson Institute.

Originally appeared in The Hill: http://bit.ly/1nIOnOB