Speaking on the House floor about the importance of funding necessary to maintain our nuclear weapons and facilities. This funding is currently being held up by the Democrats pending ratification of the START treaty.
Last night I was interviewed on FoxNews about the extremely concerning developments surrounding North and South Korea. This situation shows us all why our national security must always be a top priority. With the current threats we face from Iran and North Korea and also from terrorist groups around the world, we must provide our military with the resources they need to accomplish their missions and protect our liberties. I hope you will join me this holiday in remembering those who are celebrating Thanksgiving away from their families as they serve our country.
Turner Statement on Modified Missile Shield Deal between Poland and the United States "I commend the Polish Government for signing the additional protocol to enable Poland to host the Phased Adaptive Approach Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) interceptors to protect our deployed troops, defend European allies and augment the protection of the U.S. homeland by 2020. I hope that the Polish parliament will ratify the BMD Agreement with this additional protocol soon,”
U.S. Policy Must Face the Reality of Nuclear Weapons Threat But clearly, the Pentagon, the White House and our U.S. intelligence agencies must develop strategies to address nuclear proliferation by rogue actors when diplomacy and sanctions fail. We must address how the United States might contain Iran’s power if it decided to produce a weapon, and how to deal with the possibility that fuel or weapons could be obtained by one of the terrorist groups Iran has supported.
Rep. Turner Concerned Administration is Diminishing U.S. Nuclear Options The House Armed Services Committee recently heard testimony from senior Administration officials on the Executive Branch’s nuclear weapons policies, posture, and force structure. Congressman Mike Turner focused his questions on the New START Treaty with Russia and the Administration’s Nuclear Posture Review.
McKeon, Turner Welcome the Release of Nuclear Posture Review The top Republicans on the Armed Services Committee and the Armed Services Strategic Forces Subcommittee today welcomed the release of the Administration’s delayed Nuclear Posture Review, a top-to-bottom review of the United States’ nuclear policies, capabilities, and requirements.
McKeon, Turner Respond to Announcement on New Nuclear Weapons Treaty with Russia U.S. House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-Calif.) and Armed Services Strategic Forces Subcommittee Ranking Member Mike Turner (R-Ohio) today released the following statement regarding the President’s announcement that the United States and Russia have reached an agreement on a new nuclear weapons treaty to build upon the 1990’s Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) and 2002 Moscow Treaty.
NATO’s New Strategic Concept: A View from Capitol Hill In a CEPA exclusive, Congressman Michael Turner, a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, considers the transformative potential of the Strategic Concept and its significance for NATO’s Central European member states.
On September 21, Congressman Turner addressed the 2009 Multinational Ballistic Missile Defense Conference in support of an effective North American and European-based missile defense system.
On October 21, Rep. Turner delivered the keynote speech during a Hudson Institute conference on the U.S. Strategic Posture.
Rep. Turner appears on MSNBCs Hardball with Chris Matthews opposing the Obama Administrations decision to abandon the planned European-based missile defense system.
Opening Remarks at 2009 Multinational Ballistic Missile Defense Conference The focus of my remarks this morning is to provide a congressional perspective on missile defense; my reactions to recent missile defense decisions by the Obama Administration, including its announcement to scrap plans to deploy missile defense assets in Poland and the Czech Republic; and the implications of such decisions.
President Leaves America Vulnerable to Iranian ICBM Attack President Obama’s decision to scrap a long-planned European-based missile defense shield was not only met with concern among our European allies, but more importantly, has sounded alarms here at home where the president’s action would leave the nation vulnerable to Iranian long-range missile attack.
Rep. Turner Calls for Declassification of Report on European Ballistic Missile Defense System U.S. Representative Michael R. Turner today sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates requesting that a July 2008 report on the cost effectiveness of the planned European missile defense system be declassified. Since the Obama Administration’s decision to cancel the proposed system based on cost effectiveness is contrary to the recommendations of this report, Rep. Turner believes it is essential that the report be declassified for a robust debate on how best to deploy a missile defense system to protect the U.S. and its allies.
Turner Seeks to Strengthen American-European Security This year marks the 60th anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Founded in 1949 to provide for the collective security of the free nations of Europe, as well as the U.S. and Canada, the alliance helped keep the peace during the Cold War. Some 20 years after the fall of the Soviet Union, NATO’s role as a stabilizing force is still necessary and should not be marginalized as the White House searches for new ways to court Moscow.
Missile Defense More Important Than Ever Two weeks ago, America received a loud wake-up call from a rogue nation intent upon achieving a nuclear weapons capability. The timing of this event could not be more significant. This week the U.S. House begins drafting the new defense budget, and will consider whether or not to incorporate the Obama Administration’s request for deep cuts in missile defense capabilities that protect the U.S. homeland.
Congressman Turner on WBZI radio’s Bucks Braun Morning Show On Wednesday, September 23, 2009, Congressman Mike Turner discussed a wide range of issues on the Bucks Braun program including the Obama Administration abandoning the European missile defense system.
At a recent meeting of the Downtown Dayton Kiwanis Club, Congressman Turner spoke about several topics including the importance of Wright Patterson Air Force Base to the Third District and the BRAC process.
Rep. Mike Turner questions Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on the Administrations new Afghanistan strategy during a House Armed Services Committee hearing.
Tackling the Opium Trade is Key to Finishing the War in Afghanistan Recent reports from U.S. military leaders in Afghanistan show American troops and technology are beginning to turn the tide in that conflict. Ongoing air strikes on terrorist targets using remote- piloted “drones” are having an effect as Afghan forces increasingly struggle to communicate with each other and villagers refuse to offer them places to hide.
Congressman Turner on 55KRC with Brian Thomas On Thursday, November 19, Congressman Turner commented on the Obama Administration’s decision to try the five terrorist charged with masterminding the September 11th attacks in federal civilian court.
Congressman Turner on WHIO On Wednesday, October 7, Rep. Turner updated WHIO radio’s morning news listeners on the latest developments in Afghanistan and efforts to protect America’s missile defense system.
Turner Opening Statement for Hearing on U.S. Strategic Forces U.S. Congressman Mike Turner (R-Ohio), Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, released the following opening statement in conjunction with the subcommittee’s hearing on the status of the nation’s strategic forces:
Turner Questions Air Force Chief of Staff on ECSS Emphasizing the important role that ECSS plays in the current Defense efficiencies plan, Turner asked General Schwartz specifically about the status of the program, as well as the timelines for completion of the CCR.
Mike Turner's Floor Statement regarding the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011
My opening remarks for the mark-up of the National Defense Authorization Act.
For those who would like some clarification: The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) sets the budget and policy parameters for the Department of Defense. The drafting of this legislation in the House Armed Services Committee, commonly known as the mark-up, involves adding amendments to the draft provided by the Chairman of the committee known as the Chairman's mark, or just the mark. Once all amendments to the mark have been debated and voted on, the Committee will pass the legislation and committee report to be considered and voted on by the full House of Representatives.
Congress Must Act to Protect Key Provisions of the Patriot Act Much of the success we’ve had in combating terrorism over the last eight years has been due to key improvements in laws that have allowed investigators and prosecutors to share vital information about terrorist plots that threaten our national security.