National Defense

Recent events around the world demonstrate that a strong U.S. national defense must continue to be our nation's top priority. In the past three years, over half of the deficit reduction measures taken by Congress have come out of the military budget, and the President’s actions have ignored strategic thinking for the road ahead. No price is too great to ensure the safety and security of our nation, our freedom, and our values.

As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I am fighting to strengthen our national defense with specific actions, including:

Supporting passage of military pay increases.

Supporting language in the annual National Defense Authorization Act that prevented the President’s Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) round from going forward.

Authoring and passing into law amendments to keep the strongest possible Army end-strength.

Authoring and passing into law legislation to develop an effective national missile defense.

Working to ensure that the Administration does not allow steep budget cuts imposed by Senate Democrats on the Pentagon to do away with valuable strategic thinking. 

Equipping our military with the tools necessary to win the War on Terrorism, and maintaining robust national defense capabilities for potential future requirements.

Working to ease the burdens of Louisiana's deployed service members and their families.

Reforming and improving our intelligence system.

U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee

U.S. Department of Defense



  • Vitter Pushes Nuclear Accountability for Iran, Israel’s Right to Defend

    (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, today passed two amendments to strengthen the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2015. His first amendment asserts Israel’s Right to Defend itself as a democratic, Jewish State. He also introduced an amendment to press the administration on the inadequacies of verifying a security agreement and ensuring Iran’s commitment. Both amendments passed the Banking Committee unanimously.

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  • Senators Press Holder on Status of U.S. Fugitives in Cuba, Threats to Legal System from Concessions to Regime

    (Washington, D.C.) - In light of President Obama’s decision to transfer three convicted foreign intelligence agents in federal custody to Cuba, U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) joined Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today in pressing Attorney General Eric Holder for answers on the status of U.S. cop killers and other fugitives that the Castro regime is harboring, as well as the threats posed to the U.S. legal system by the administration’s unilateral concessions to Cuba, including its possible removal from the State Sponsors of Terrorism List. 

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  • Vitter Meets with Air Force Officials, Pushes Four-Star Recognition for Barksdale’s Global Strike Command

    (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) last night met with top officials from the U.S. Air Force and discussed the strategy for elevating Barksdale’s Global Strike Commander to a four-star general position. The Global Strike Command is located at Barksdale Air Force Base and is responsible for the majority of the U.S. Nuclear Triad. Vitter has been pushing for this recognition despite the Obama administration’s attempts to reduce the priority of nuclear missions.

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  • Vitter Fights to Protect Louisiana Military Bases, Strengthen National Security

    (Metairie, La.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), recognized as a “Champion of National Security” by the Center for Security Policy earlier this year, stated that he will continue his efforts to strengthen national security policies in the 114th Congress and challenge the Obama administration’s policies that have not worked.

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  • Vitter to Obama: Weak Foreign Policy Emboldens Terrorism, Evident in Sony Cyber Attack

    (Metairie, La.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) today wrote to President Barack Obama regarding the Administration’s response to North Korea’s cyber-attack on Sony Pictures. Vitter says that because of the Administration’s continued actions and acquiescence to terrorist groups and hostile nations, the United States is facing serious safety concerns. 

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  • Vitter: Army Retirement Policies Cause Declining Morale, Pay Cuts for Service Members

    (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, sent a letter to John McHugh, the Secretary of the Army, concerning the Army’s recent policy forcing 19,000 captains and majors to retire from their service. The Enhanced Selective Early Retirement Board (eSERB) and Officer Separation Board (OSB) policies force certain service members to retire at the highest enlisted ranks they held for 36 months, rather than at their current pay grade.

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  • Sen. Vitter, Rep. Lamborn Warn Administration Not to Weaken Missile Defense

    (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) and U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) urged the U.S. State Department to clarify the Administration’s outer space arms control policy, particularly how it could negatively impact the United States’ missile defense capabilities and anti-satellite weapon purposes.

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