The role of veterans in strengthening our democracy
The January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol was a head-on attack on U.S. democracy that exposed our system’s fragility and eroded the American public’s trust in our institutions. The assault left American democracy in a precarious state, but it also inspired an urgency to protect it from future exploitation. Few are better positioned or more seriously committed to safeguarding democracy than the men and women that served our nation in uniform and took an oath to support and defend the Constitution: military veterans.
On September 9, Brookings hosted a panel discussion on the role of this critical population, the national security implications of January 6, the future of American democracy, and the role of veterans and their families in promoting and protecting it on the home front.
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Michael E. O’Hanlon
Director of Research - Foreign Policy
Director - Strobe Talbott Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology
Co-Director - Africa Security Initiative
Senior Fellow - Foreign Policy, Strobe Talbott Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology
Philip H. Knight Chair in Defense and Strategy
Admiral (ret.) - United States Navy
Former Deputy Homeland Security Advisor to the President
Thad W. Allen
Admiral (ret.) - United States Coast Guard
Former Commandant of the Coast Guard
Co-Founder - We the Veterans
Co-Director - Summit Institute
Co-Founder - Military Family Building Coalition
Founding Director - Center for Effective Public Management
Senior Fellow - Governance Studies
Craig R. McKinley
General (ret.) - United States Air Force
Former Chief National Guard Bureau
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