Oakland Press: National Security Leaders: “Electing a new kind of leader”

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We have all served this country. We have served in uniform, at U.S. Embassies abroad, and in the ranks of our intelligence and defense communities. We have spent our careers working to advance America’s security under both Republican and Democratic administrations, in organizations that were focused on the mission of protecting the United States.

While we may not always see eye-to-eye in our personal politics, we have all been shaped by a common experience, serving our country and advancing its security, and in doing so, dedicating ourselves to something above politics.

And we believe that now more than ever, we need to elect a new generation of leaders that are willing to put our country before politics, and to serve.

Elissa Slotkin was our colleague. We served with her in Baghdad and in the Pentagon. We served with her in the CIA at Langley, and in the White House under two Presidents, one from each party.

Elissa Slotkin has lived a career of service. She joined the CIA after 9/11. She served a total of three tours in Iraq, over the period of five years, working to keep U.S. military forces and our allies safe, amid a growing threat of terrorism and Iranian-backed militias. She was dedicated to our troops — and to seeing our mission in Iraq succeed.

Elissa Slotkin will bring a depth of knowledge on defense and national security to our Congress, at a time of increasingly complex global threats. But perhaps even more importantly, she will bring a sense of service — a mission-focused spirit — that feels sorely lacking in our politics today. She will be a fine member of Congress, and we are proud to support her.

— Secretary Chuck Hagel, Former Secretary of Defense and Former Republican U.S. Senator from Nebraska

Michèle Flournoy, Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Department of Defense

Ambassador John Negroponte, Former Director of National Intelligence, and Former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq

Eric Fanning, Former Secretary of the U.S. Army

Janine Davidson, Former Under Secretary of the U.S. Navy

Stephen Hadley, Former National Security Advisor for President George W. Bush

Lieutenant General Douglas Lute (Ret.), Former U.S. Ambassador to NATO, Senior Advisor on National Security to Presidents Bush and President Obama

John Nixon, Former CIA Senior Analyst and Lead Interrogator of Saddam Hussein

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