Today we face an international security environment with new challenges and threats: terrorism and nuclear proliferation, the prevalence of unconventional warfare, and more. Tennesseans need a national defense that’s suited to the multitude of challenges we face today. We need a defense budget that reflects our real national security priorities, not wasteful on interests or bloated programs. Tennessee has a very important role to play in the nation's defense, whether it's our men and women serving in uniform, the research and development being conducted by our educational institutions, or our businesses providing vital defense equipment, ensuring responsible defense funding will enable Tennessee to continue to play an important role. Diplomacy around the world is our country's greatest asset. We must protect our borders from those who wish to do us harm; however, we should exhaust all diplomatic efforts before resorting to military action.
Steven Reynolds supports Article 1, sec. 8 of the U.S. Constitution:
To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;
To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress.