"Readjust" Involvement in NATO
"What I'm saying is NATO is obsolete. NATO is -- is obsolete and it's extremely expensive for the United States, disproportionately so. And we should readjust NATO."
- Donald Trump, ABC News interview, June 2016
SANGER: "My point here is, Can the members of NATO, including the new members in the Baltics, count on the United States to come to their military aid if they were attacked by Russia? And count on us fulfilling our obligations ——"
TRUMP: "Have they fulfilled their obligations to us? If they fulfill their obligations to us, the answer is yes."
- Trump New York Times interview, July 2016
Bolster the U.S. Military Presence in the East and South China Seas
"Strengthen our negotiating position by lowering our corporate tax rate to keep American companies and jobs here at home, attacking our debt and deficit so China cannot use financial blackmail against us, and bolstering the U.S. military presence in the East and South China Seas to discourage Chinese adventurism."
- Trump's U.S. - China Trade Relationship Action Plan
Conditionally Withdraw Troops from Asia
"South Korea is a money machine but they pay us peanuts ... South Korea should pay us very substantially for protecting them."
-Donald Trump, Interview with Wolf Blitzer, 2016
"We are better off frankly if South Korea is going to start protecting itself ... they have to protect themselves or they have to pay us."
- Donald Trump, Interview with Anderson Cooper, March 2016
Conduct a Full Audit of the Pentagon
"Pay for this necessary rebuilding of our national defense by conducting a full audit of the Pentagon, eliminating incorrect payments, reducing duplicative bureaucracy, collecting unpaid taxes, and ending unwanted and unauthorized federal programs."
Continue Drone Strikes on Terrorists
"And yes, I will also quickly and decisively bomb the hell out of ISIS, will rebuild our military and make it so strong no one — and I mean, no one — will mess with us."
- Trump Campaign radio advertisement, 2016
"When you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families. They care about their lives, don’t kid yourself. When they say they don’t care about their lives, you have to take out their families."
- Donald Trump interview on "Fox and Friends," December 2015
Convene an International Conference on Stopping Radical Islam
"As President, I will call for an international conference focused on [halting the spread of Radical Islam]. We will work side-by-side with our friends in the Middle East, including our greatest ally, Israel. We will partner with King Abdullah of Jordan, and President Sisi of Egypt, and all others who recognize this ideology of death that must be extinguished."
- Trump speech in Youngstown, PA, August 2016
Develop Better Cyberweapons
"As a deterrent against attacks on our critical resources, the United States must possess the unquestioned capacity to launch crippling cyber counter-attacks. This is the warfare of the future, America’s dominance in this arena must be unquestioned."
- Trump speech on cybersecurity, Herndon, VA, October 2016
"Develop the offensive cyber capabilities we need to deter attacks by both state and non-state actors and, if necessary, to respond appropriately."
- Position Statement
Direct the Creation of Joint Task Forces for Cyber Threat Response
"Instruct the U.S. Department of Justice to create Joint Task Forces throughout the U.S. to coordinate Federal, State, and local law enforcement responses to cyber threats."
Establish a Commission on Radical Islam
"Establish a Commission on Radical Islam to identify and explain to the American public the core convictions and beliefs of Radical Islam, to identify the warning signs of radicalization, and to expose the networks in our society that support radicalization. "
Have Plan to Defeat "ISIS" Within 30 Days
“[My top generals] will have 30 days to submit to the Oval Office a plan for soundly and quickly defeating ISIS. We have no choice.”
- Trump speech in Greenville, NC, September 2016
Increase the U.S. Army to 540,000 Active Duty Soldiers
"Increase the size of the U.S. Army to 540,000 active duty soldiers, which the Army Chief of Staff says he needs to execute current missions."
Increase the U.S. Marines to 36 Battalions
"Grow the U.S. Marine Corps to 36 battalions."
Increase the U.S. Navy to 350 Ships
"Rebuild the U.S. Navy toward a goal of 350 ships, as the bipartisan National Defense Panel has recommended."
Introduce Restoring National Security Act
"I will work with Congress to introduce the following broader legislative measures and fight for their passage within the first 100 days of my Administration:
9. Restoring National Security Act. Rebuilds our military by eliminating the defense sequester and expanding military investment; provides Veterans with the ability to receive public VA treatment or attend the private doctor of their choice; protects our vital infrastructure from cyber-attack; establishes new screening procedures for immigration to ensure those who are admitted to our country support our people and our values."
- "Donald Trump's Contract With The American Voter," October 2016
Keep U.S. Troops in Afghanistan
"Do I love anything about it? No. I think it's important, number one, that we keep a presence there and ideally a presence of pretty much what they're talking about -- 5,000 soldiers..."
- Donald Trump statement, October 2015
Lead a Coalition to Defeat "ISIS"
"Work with our Arab allies and friends in the Middle East in the fight against ISIS.
Pursue aggressive joint and coalition military operations to crush and destroy ISIS, international cooperation to cutoff their funding, expand intelligence sharing, and cyberwarfare to disrupt and disable their propaganda and recruiting."
Modernize Navy Cruisers
"We propose to rebuild the key tools of missile defense, starting with the Navy cruisers that are the foundation of our missile defense capabilities in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.... [T]his will cost around $220 million per modernization as we seek to modernize a significant portion of these 22 ships."
- Trump speech on national security in Philadelphia, PA, September, 2016
Prevent Iran from Developing Nuclear Weapons
"Iran cannot be allowed to have a nuclear weapon and, under a Trump Administration, will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon."
- Donald Trump foreign policy speech, April 2016
Provide the U.S. Air Force with 1,200 Fighter Aircraft
"Provide the U.S. Air Force with the 1,200 fighter aircraft they need."
Pursue State-of-the-art Missile Defense
"We will rebuild our depleted military, and pursue a state-of-the-art missile defense. We will do it based on those three famous words: Peace Through Strength."
- Donald Trump remarks at American Legion convention, Cincinnati, OH, September 2016
Replace Some Current Military Generals
TRUMP: "I think under the leadership of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, the generals have been reduced to rubble. They have been reduced to a point where it’s embarrassing for our country."
LAUER: "But you’re going to convene a panel of generals, and you’ve already said you know more about ISIS than those generals do."
TRUMP: "Well, they’ll probably be different generals, to be honest with you."
Retain Guantánamo Bay Military Prison
"As far as Guantánamo is concerned, I want to make sure, 100 percent sure, that if we’re going to release people, No. 1 they are going to be people that can be released and it’s going to be safe to release them. We have plenty of bad ones out there, and I would use them for that.”
- Donald Trump interview with the Miami Herald,
Review All U.S. Cyber Defenses and Vulnerabilities
"Order an immediate review of all U.S. cyber defenses and vulnerabilities, including critical infrastructure, by a Cyber Review Team of individuals from the military, law enforcement, and the private sector.
- The Cyber Review Team will provide specific recommendations for safeguarding different entities with the best defense technologies tailored to the likely threats, and will followed up regularly at various Federal agencies and departments.
- The Cyber Review Team will establish detailed protocols and mandatory cyber awareness training for all government employees while remaining current on evolving methods of cyber-attack."
- Trump policy statement
"Whether it is our government, organizations, associations or businesses we need to aggressively combat and stop cyberattacks. I will appoint a team to give me a plan within 90 days of taking office."
- Donald Trump statement at the conclusion of the meeting with Intelligence Community leaders, January 2017
Solicit Recommendations for Enhancing U.S. Cyber Command
"Order the Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to provide recommendations for enhancing U.S. Cyber Command, with a focus on both offense and defense in the cyber domain."
Strengthen and Expand Nuclear Capabilities
In late December, 2016, @realDonaldTrump posted the following Tweet:
The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 22, 2016
Trump has made sweeping statements in the past about using nuclear weapons, but nothing until this Tweet about specific actions regarding maintaining the U.S. nuclear arsenal.