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2000 Presidential Election 

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by NDIA Staff 

On U.S. Global Leadership
"Forward engagement in the context of national defense means that our investments in America’s military must be consistent with a future-oriented vision of what it will take to win on the information-age battlefield."

"We must use the surplus wisely, to invest now in people, technology and the reconfiguration of America’s armed forces that will best prepare us for the national security threats in a global era."

Al Gore sees four key challenges in U.S. national security:

On U.S. Military Intervention
"At the dawn of the 21st century, we need a foreign policy that addresses the classic security threats—and understands the new ones, as well. We need to pursue a policy of ‘Forward Engagement’—addressing problems early in their development before they become crises, addressing them as close to the source of the problem as possible, and having the forces and resources to deal with those threats as soon after their emergence as possible."

Gore’s criteria for U.S. military intervention:

On Defense Spending
Al Gore promises to:

On Arms Control
"We believe that it is essential to [build a missile defense] in a way that does not destroy the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty. The ABM Treaty is the cornerstone of strategic stability in our relationship with Russia. It prevents the Russians or ourselves from deploying defenses powerful enough—assuming anyone can solve the engineering problems—to neutralize the deterrent of either side.

"Reductions [of nuclear weapons] alone do not guarantee stability. If you’re not careful, you could have a reduction of missiles and a more dangerous world."

On ‘Rogue’ States
"I favor an effort to develop a limited missile defense system, and not a massive ‘star wars’ system, because our country will probably face a new threat later this decade from a small arsenal of relatively unsophisticated ICBMs in the hands of a rogue state.

"The administration has been working on the technology for a national missile defense system designed to protect all 50 states from a limited attack at the hands of rogue states. We believe, however, that it is essential to do this in a way that does not destroy the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. The national missile defense system that the president reviewed this summer is intended to meet threats from proliferant states like North Korea, while preserving strategic stability."

On Lessons From Vietnam
"[Vietnam] certainly matured me in a hurry. It gave me a tolerance for complexity. I didn’t change my conclusions about the war being a terrible mistake, but it struck me that opponents to the war, including myself, really did not take into account the fact that there were an awful lot of South Vietnamese who desperately wanted to hang onto what they called freedom. Coming face to face with those sentiments [in the local people] was something I was naively unprepared for."

On Nuclear Test Ban Treaty
"There’s no more important challenge than stopping the spread of nuclear weapons."

If elected, Gore wants a mandate from the voters to send the treaty to the Senate to be ratified.

On 21st Century Military Strategy
Gore promises to use the Quadrennial Defense Review to set a course for future military strategy. The United States, he says, must:

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