Sending Office: Honorable Elise M. Stefanik
Sent By:
Lauren.Canfield@mail.house.gov

Dear Colleague:

Recently you may have seen a misinformed ‘Dear Colleague’ that asserts that section 1225 in the NDAA is an authorization of military force. Make no mistake –
Section 1225 DOES NOT authorize the U.S. military to go to war with Iran.

A multilateral strategy

The provision encourages the Secretary of Defense to establish a cooperative framework, that would include mutual investment in intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance assets, mine countermeasures assets, ballistic missile defense, cyber security
and cyber defense, and combined planning. The provision also emphasizes the importance of multilateral cooperation, and encourages partner nations to focus on maritime security, special operations collaboration, cyber cooperation, and integrated air and missile
defense. 

What’s more, yesterday congress adopted by voice vote an
amendment
submitted by Congressman Ellison that clearly states that nothing in this act (the NDAA) may be construed to authorize the use of force of the United States against Iran.

The importance of partnerships

The 2018 National Defense Strategy emphasizes, above all, the importance of partnerships. Partnerships are particularly important in the Middle East, especially at a time when the United States is simultaneously focused on Asia and Europe. Only by sharing
the burden of security in the Middle East can the United States efficiently secure it primary national security interests. Section 1225 outlines a framework to ensure U.S. partners are supporting U.S. national security interests in the region.

Bipartisan policy

Section 1225 formalizes a policy that both parties have supported. For example, President George W. Bush supported the Gulf Security Dialogue to enhance multilateral cooperation in the Middle East, and President Barack Obama presided over U.S.-GCC summits
and charged his Secretaries of State with holding an annual U.S.-GCC Security Cooperation Forum to work with partners toward shared objectives, including countering Iranian malign behavior.

 

Sincerely,

 

ELISE M. STEFANIK
Member of Congress
 

ADAM KINZINGER
Member of Congress

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