There is no responsibility of our national leaders more sacred than protecting the homeland and keeping our families safe. Raja knows this, and as president of a company that researches and develops infrared night vision technology to keep our troops safe, Raja will fight to ensure our military has the resources it needs to carry out its mission anywhere in the world. But the challenge to our nation and its leaders is to respond to the threat of international terrorism without sacrificing American values or the rights and liberties that are the bedrock of our democracy.
The United States must remain engaged on a global scale by contributing to military operations aimed at destroying ISIS and other terrorist organizations. U.S. soldiers should not be leading those operations, but rather supporting the efforts of those who live in the region through training, logistical help and coordinated air strikes.
Here at home, Raja knows we must redouble our efforts to identify and stop those individuals who have been radicalized and intend to commit terrorist acts. That starts with keeping weapons out of their hands through expanded background checks that work in real time, as well as banning the purchase or possession of guns by individuals on the no-fly, terrorist watch list.
As we protect and promote our own American interests, Raja believes we must also remember to protect and promote our exceptional standing among nations as a beacon of hope, opportunity, and personal liberty throughout the world. This means engaging in active diplomacy– both to strengthen our longstanding alliances and to search for areas of potential agreement with those nations whose interests conflict with ours.