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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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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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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Mike Rogers

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

Mike Rogers

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

Mike Rogers Launches #NationalSecurityFirst Iowa Campaign

January 27, 2016  |  Honorary Chairman Mike Rogers, Iowa, News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
amanda@mikerogers.com

Des Moines, Iowa – Mike Rogers, Honorary Chairman of Americans for Peace, Prosperity and Security (APPS), today announced a #NationalSecurityFirst digital advertising campaign targeting Iowa caucus goers.

Rogers, former Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, believes that national security must be top-of-the-mind for Iowa caucus goers. “It doesn’t take much more than turning on your television for Iowans  to realize that we are in trouble overseas. We need a commander-in- chief ready to deal with those threats on day one. We are urging Iowans to keep those issues top-of-mind as they caucus,” he said.

Beginning today, less than one week from caucus night, APPS will target likely Iowa Republican caucus goers on their Facebook pages, in their Twitter feeds and their email inboxes with messaging on the importance of thinking #NationalSecurityFirst as they caucus.

By hosting 26 national security forums with its early state advisory boards, including eight in Iowa, APPS has driven more than $600 million locally and nationally in earned media coverage on the importance of national security. APPS has hosted 14 of the Republican presidential candidates in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Michigan. Video from the 26 past forums can be seen here: http://peaceprosperitysecurity.org/archived-forums/

APPS’ own polling has shown that these forums, local OpEds, letters to the editor, emails, and social media posts have moved the needle for likely Iowa caucus goers. From Iran to ISIS, Russia to China, likely caucus goers in Iowa are greater attuned to the complex challenges facing America overseas. According to our poll, 75% of likely Republican caucus attendees say a candidate’s positions on national security are very important to determining their vote and national security polled as the top issue by far at 44%.

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

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10 U.S. sailors in Iranian custody

January 13, 2016  |  Honorary Chairman Mike Rogers, News

Washington (CNN) Despite 10 American sailors being in Iranian custody, President Barack Obama stuck to his State of the Union script Tuesday night and made no mention of the incident, instead touting his nuclear deal with Tehran.

But former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, a Republican, criticized Kerry for attending the State of the Union before the sailors were released.

“The secretary of state should not say, ‘It’s gonna be soon, real soon,'” Rogers said on CNN. “We need to have the secretary of state engaged in this issue right now. In fact, I’m not sure I would have him at this speech.”

Roger also dismissed the idea, put out by the administration, that the transfer of the sailors could not happen at night because it would be too dangerous.

“This notion that it happens at night and can’t be done safely is absolute hooey, absolute hooey,” Rogers said. “This should be done, it should be done immediately, and I think every level of our government should be applied to this, including our secretary of state.”

Read the full story on CNN here: http://cnn.it/1Sh3R8q

The Wall Street Journal

Terrorist Attacks Reshuffle GOP’s Presidential Race

January 11, 2016  |  Honorary Chairman Mike Rogers, Iowa, New Hampshire, News, South Carolina

The terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., have reshuffled the Republicans’ presidential primary, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing for the front-runner, Donald Trump.

Roughly half of Republican primary voters in Iowa view the celebrity businessman as the most capable candidate to handle the threat posed by Islamic State, according to a new CNN/ORC poll. His next closest rival: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, at 15%.

The survey was taken before Mr. Trump took his most controversial position to date by calling for a ban on Muslims traveling to the U.S. Whatever the fallout from this latest episode, Mr. Trump’s hardline stance against Islamic State terrorists has clearly tapped a nerve with voters willing to ignore his lack of foreign-policy experience.

Mr. Trump outpaces his rivals in New Hampshire and South Carolina on the question of which candidate Republican primary voters trust most to deal with the issue of national security, according to surveys taken earlier this month by Harper Polling for Americans for Peace, Prosperity and Security (APPS), a group formed to promote foreign policy in the 2016 race.

Iowa is the only state where Mr. Trump trails one of his rivals on the national-security question, according to the Harper Polling surveys. Mr. Cruz nabbed the top spot in that poll, with 34% of Iowa Republicans giving the Texas senator the highest marks on national security. Mr. Trump was second, at 19%. Mr. Cruz recently pulled almost even with Mr. Trump in the Hawkeye State.

The bigger takeaway is that foreign policy has become the dominant issue for Republicans in all three states, outpacing debt and spending issues, health care and jobs and the economy, according to Harper Polling. “The race is all national security now,” said Brock McCleary, president of Harper Polling. “With the field very much in flux, the issue could reshuffle the deck in short order.”

“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,” said former Rep. Mike Rogers (R., Mich.), the honorary chairman of APPS and the former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. “And they are insisting on a candidate with solutions to those issues.”

Click here for the full article and coverage of APPS National Security Poll.

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Concord Monitor

Day on the trail: With voters seeking security, Ben Carson focuses on foreign policy

December 23, 2015  |  New Hampshire, News

Amid the Christmas trees at the Capitol Center for the Arts, Ben Carson said it’s his faith that keeps him from getting anxious about his campaign. If God wills it, the retired neurosurgeon said with his wife by his side that evening in Concord, he’ll win the White House.

But leading up to that moment, for most of the day Monday, the Republican homed in on another faith: the one driving Islamic extremists. Trending down in polls, Carson sought to dispel the idea that a soft-spoken doctor was unfit to lead at a time when Americans are worried about their safety at home.

A foreign policy forum at the University of New Hampshire in Manchester presented him his first opportunity of the day. He burst into the room, already gripping his own microphone at its base, and brushed past the Secret Service that tightly policed the audience on his way to the stage.

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Palmetto Business Daily

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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