The following is a letter penned by the listed persons and published on September 24, 2020. These individuals represent some of our nation’s most esteemed former officials, military officers, foreign policy experts, and those formerly tasked with national security.  

They are Americans first, and then they are Republicans, Democrats, and Independents.  

To Our Fellow Citizens:

We are former public servants who have devoted our careers, and in many cases risked our lives for the United States. We are generals, admirals, senior noncommissioned officers, ambassadors, and senior civilian national security leaders. We are Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. We love our country. Unfortunately, we also fear for it. The COVID-19 pandemic has proven America needs principled, wise, and responsible leadership. America needs a President who understands, as President Harry S. Truman said, that “the buck stops here.”
We the undersigned endorse Joe Biden to be the next President of the United States. He is the leader our nation needs.
We believe that Joe Biden is, above all, a good man with a strong sense of right and wrong. He is guided by the principles that have long made America great: democracy is a hard-won right we must defend and support at home and abroad; America’s power and influence stem as much from her moral authority as it does from her economic and military power; America’s free press is invaluable, not an enemy of the people; those who sacrifice or give their lives in service of our nation deserve our respect and eternal gratitude; and America’s citizens benefit most when the United States engages with the world. Joe Biden will always put the nation’s needs before his own.
Those who have served know empathy is a vital leadership quality — you cannot do what is best for those you lead if you do not know their challenges. Joe Biden has empathy born of his humble roots, family tragedies and personal loss. When Americans are struggling, Joe Biden understands their pain and takes it upon himself to help.
We believe America’s president must be honest, and we find Joe Biden’s honesty and integrity indisputable. He believes a nation’s word is her bond. He believes we must stand by the allies who have stood by us. He remembers how America’s NATO allies rushed to her side after 9/11; how the Kurds fought by our side to defeat ISIS; and how Japan and South Korea have been steadfast partners in countering North Korean and Chinese provocations. Joe Biden would never sell out our allies to placate despots or because he dislikes an allied leader.


While some of us may have different opinions on particular policy matters, we trust Joe Biden’s positions are rooted in sound judgment, thorough understanding, and fundamental values.


We know Joe Biden has the experience and wisdom necessary to navigate America through a painful time. He has grappled with America’s most difficult foreign policy challenges for decades, learning what works — and what does not — in a dangerous world. He is knowledgeable, but he also knows that listening to diverse and dissenting views is essential, particularly when making tough decisions concerning our national security. Many of us have briefed Joe Biden on matters of national security, and we know he demands a thorough understanding of any issue before making a decision — as any American president should.
Finally, Joe Biden believes in personal responsibility. Over his long career, he has learned hard lessons and grown as a leader who can take positive action to unite and heal our country. It is unthinkable that he would ever utter the phrase “I don’t take responsibility at all.”
The next president will inherit a nation — and a world — in turmoil. The current President has demonstrated he is not equal to the enormous responsibilities of his office; he cannot rise to meet challenges large or small. Thanks to his disdainful attitude and his failures, our allies no longer trust or respect us, and our enemies no longer fear us. Climate change continues unabated, as does North Korea’s nuclear program. The president has ceded influence to a Russian adversary who puts bounties on the heads of American military personnel, and his trade war against China has only harmed America’s farmers and manufacturers. The next president will have to address those challenges while struggling with an economy in a deep recession and a pandemic that has already claimed more than 200,000 of our fellow citizens. America, with 4% of the world’s population suffers with 25% of the world’s COVID-19 cases.
Only FDR and Abraham Lincoln came into office facing more monumental crises than the next president.
Joe Biden has the character, principles, wisdom, and leadership necessary to address a world on fire. That is why Joe Biden must be the next President of the United States; why we vigorously support his election; and why we urge our fellow citizens to do the same.


Executive Director of National Security Leaders for Biden:​

Rear Admiral Michael E. Smith, USN (Ret)


Leadership of National Security Leaders for Biden:

Admiral Steve Abbot, USN (Ret)
Major General Donna Feigley Barbisch, USA (Ret)
Steven Brock, former Director, National Security Council
Major General Peter S. Cooke, USA (Ret)
Richard Danzig, former Secretary of the Navy
Carlos Del Toro, former Senior Military Assistant, Department of Defense
Brigadier General John W. Douglass, USAF (Ret), former Assistant Secretary of the Navy
Michèle Flournoy, former Under Secretary of Defense
Lieutenant General Walt Gaskin, USMC (Ret)

Senior Military Spouse Advisors:

Marjorie Abbot
Sheila L. Casey
Gert Clark
Mary Jo Myers
Ms. Suzie Schwartz

Members of National Security Leaders for Biden:

Ambassador Gina K. Abercrombie-Winstanley (Ret)
Ambassador Charles C. Adams, Jr.
Gordon M. Adams, Ph.D., former Associate Director, Office of Management and Budget
Brigadier General Clara L. Adams-Ender, USA (Ret)
Major General James A. Adkins, USA (Ret)
Major General Jerald N. Albrecht, USA (Ret)
Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State
Clifford L. Alexander, former Secretary of the Army
Eric R. Allison, former Deputy Assistant Director of the CIA
Michael Amato, former Professional Staff Member, House Armed Services Committee
Brigadier General Steven M. Anderson, USA (Ret)
Wendy R. Anderson, former Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary of Defense
Command Sergeant Major Victor S. Angry, USA (Ret)
Ambassador Mari Carmen Aponte (Ret), former Acting Assistant Secretary of State
Brigadier General Ricardo Aponte, USAF (Ret)
Richard L. Armitage, former Deputy Secretary of State
Major General Wallace Arnold, USA (Ret)
Vice Admiral Donald Arthur, USN (Ret)
Rear Admiral Tom Atkin, USCG (Ret)
Sergeant Major Sean A. Baker, USA (Ret)
Brigadier General Roosevelt Barfield, USA (Ret)
Rear Admiral Jamie Barnett, USN (Ret)
Rear Admiral Danelle Barrett, USN (Ret)
Ambassador Leslie A. Bassett (Ret)
Ambassador Michael A. Battle, Sr.
R. Rand Beers, former Acting Secretary of Homeland Security
Ambassador Colleen Bell
Virginia L. Bennett, former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State
Hans Binnendijk, Ph.D., former Special Assistant to the President, National Security Council
Ambassador Robert D. Blackwill (Ret), former Deputy National Security Advisor
Ambassador Robert Blake (Ret)
Charles A. Blanchard, former General Counsel of the Air Force
Ambassador James Blanchard (Ret), former Governor of Michigan
Lieutenant General Ronald R. Blanck, USA (Ret)
Ambassador John Blaney
Ambassador Avis T. Bohlen (Ret), former Assistant Secretary of State
Major General Charles “Charlie” F. Bolden Jr., USMC (Ret), former Administrator of NASA
Major General Edward L. Bolton, Jr., USAF (Ret)
Ambassador Amy L. Bondurant
Jason Bordoff, former Special Assistant to the President, National Security Council
General Chuck Boyd, USAF (Ret)
Lieutenant General John A. Bradley, USAF (Ret)
Brigadier General David M. Brahms, USMC (Ret)
Lieutenant General Marvin D. Brailsford, USA (Ret)
Patty Brandmaier, former Senior Executive Officer, CIA
Ambassador Aurelia E. Brazeal (Ret)
Ambassador James “Wally” Brewster, Jr.
Major General John W. Brooks, USAF (Ret)
Command Sergeant Major Dwight J. Brown, USA (Ret)
Ambassador Sue K. Brown
Mark Brunner, former Senior Advisor to U.S. Senator Mark Warner (D-VA)
Ambassador George Bruno (Ret)
Joseph M. Bryan, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy
Theresa T. Buchanan, former Member, Uniform Formulary Beneficiary Advisory Panel
Kara L. Bue, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State
Ambassador Nicholas Burns (Ret), former Under Secretary of State
Ambassador William J. Burns (Ret), former Deputy Secretary of State
Sergeant Major William Burton, USMC (Ret)
Ambassador Prudence Bushnell (Ret)
Rear Admiral John Butler, USN (Ret)
Louis E. Caldera, former Secretary of the Army
Dan Caldwell, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor, Pepperdine University
Gabe Camarillo, former Assistant Secretary of the Air Force
Lieutenant General Donald M. Campbell, Jr., USA (Ret)
John R. Campbell, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense
Brigadier General Kristine K. Campbell, Ph.D., USA (Ret)
Kurt M. Campbell, former Assistant Secretary of State
Mario Caraballo, former Deputy Associate Administrator, EPA
Sergeant Major Rosemarie Caraballo, USA (Ret)
Vice Admiral James C. Card, USCG (Ret)
Robert Cardillo, former Director of the NGA
Patrick Carrick, Ph.D., former Agency Director, Department of Homeland Security
Ashton B. Carter, former Secretary of Defense
Steven A. Cash, former CIA Officer and Senate Staff
Lieutenant General John Castellaw, USMC (Ret)
Ambassador Judith B. Cefkin
Rear Admiral Bill Center, USN (Ret)
Ambassador Peter R. Chaveas (Ret)
Antonia Chayes, former Under Secretary of the Air Force
Brigadier General Stephen A. Cheney, USMC (Ret)
General Peter W. Chiarelli, USA (Ret)
Admiral Hank Chiles, USN (Ret), former Commander U.S. Strategic Command
Lieutenant General James Clapper, USAF (Ret), former Director of National Intelligence
General Wesley Clark, USA (Ret), former Commander U.S. European Command
Brigadier General Julia Jeter Cleckley, USA (Ret)
Rear Admiral William W. Cobb, Jr., USN (Ret)
David S. Cohen, former Deputy Director of the CIA
William Cohen, former Secretary of Defense
Harry Coker, Jr., former Executive Director of the NSA
Rear Admiral Christopher W. Cole, USN (Ret)
Lieutenant General Ronald S. Coleman, USMC (Ret)
Joseph J. Collins, Ph.D., former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense
Erin C. Conaton, former Under Secretary of Defense
Ambassador Elinor G. Constable (Ret)
Major General J. Gary Cooper, USMC (Ret)
Ambassador Cindy L. Courville, Ph.D. (Ret)
Daniel T. Crocker, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce
Ambassador James B. Cunningham (Ret)
Senior Chief Intelligence Specialist Marilee Cunningham, USN (Ret)
William B. Daitch, former Assistant Director, Department of Homeland Security
John H. Dalton, former Secretary of the Navy
Major General Stephen L. Danner, USA (Ret)
Rear Admiral John P. Davis, USN (Ret)
Robert V. Davis, former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense
Ambassador Ruth A. Davis (Ret)
Lieutenant General Michael Davison, Jr., USA (Ret)
Daniel Dawson, former Senior Executive, Defense Intelligence Agency
Rear Admiral Scott D. Deitchman, MD, MPH, USPHS (Ret)
Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis (Ret)
Ambassador Greg Delawie (Ret)
Rudy DeLeon, former Deputy Secretary of Defense
Joan Dempsey, former Deputy Director of Central Intelligence
Major General Susan Y. Desjardins, USAF (Ret)
Major General Richard T. Devereaux, USAF (Ret)
Rear Admiral Kelvin N. Dixon, USN (Ret)
Ambassador Kathleen Doherty (Ret)
Michael B. Donley, former Secretary of the Air Force
Brigadier General Barbara Doornink, USA (Ret)
Greg Douquet, National Security Leader
Martha E. Duncan, former Chief DIA Defense Human Intelligence Enterprise
Vice Admiral Joseph Dyer, USN (Ret)
Ambassador William C. Eacho
Major General Paul Eaton, USA (Ret)
Ambassador William A. Eaton (Ret)
R.P. Eddy, former Director, National Security Council
Eric Edelman, former Under Secretary of Defense
Major General Mari K. Eder, USA (Ret)
Ambassador Susan M. Elliott (Ret)
Ambassador John B. Emerson (Ret)
Major General William L. Enyart, USA (Ret), former U.S. Congressman (IL-12)
Sergeant Major John L. Estrada, USMC (Ret)
Rear Admiral Stephen C. Evans, USN (Ret)
Elisa Ewers, former Director, National Security Council
Major General John Ewers, USMC (Ret)
Vice Admiral Ron Eytchison, USN (Ret)
Roland Fabia, former Chief of Corporate Engagement, Defense Intelligence Agency
Richard A. Falkenrath, former Deputy Homeland Security Advisor
Brigadier General Robert J. Felderman, USA (Ret)
Ambassador Judith R. Fergin (Ret)
Sergeant Major Ronald E. Fetherson, USMC (Ret)
Brigadier General Evelyn “Pat” Foote, USA (Ret)
Ambassador Robert S. Ford (Ret)
Brigadier General Martin E.B. France, USAF (Ret)
Vice Admiral Michael T. Franken, USN (Ret)
Command Chief Master Sergeant Shelina E. Frey, USAF (Ret)
Rear Admiral Michael S. Frick, USN (Ret)
Rear Admiral Robert Ellis Frick, USN (Ret)
Ambassador Laurie S. Fulton
Ambassador Julie Furuta-Toy
Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel
Ambassador Peter W. Galbraith
Rear Admiral James M. Galloway, MD, USPHS (Ret)
Juan M Garcia, former Assistant Secretary of the Navy
Lieutenant General Robert G. Gard, USA (Ret)
Brigadier General Jonathan George, USAF (Ret)
Ambassador Gordon D. Giffin
Daniel B. Ginsberg, former Assistant Secretary of the Air Force
Brigadier General Robert A. Glacel, USA (Ret)
Rear Admiral Fred Stephen Glass, USN (Ret)
Sherri W. Goodman, former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense
Rose Gottemoeller, former Under Secretary of State
W. Scott Gould, former Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Vice Admiral Kevin Patrick Green, USN (Ret)
Ambassador Lino Gutiérrez (Ret)
Ambassador Howard Gutman
Ambassador Nina Hachigian
Major General Richard S. Haddad, USAF (Ret)
Rear Admiral Marlene E. Haffner, MD, MPH, USPHS (Ret)
Chuck Hagel, former Secretary of Defense
Avril Haines, former Deputy Director of the CIA
Robert Hale, former Under Secretary of Defense
Major General Irv Halter, USAF (Ret)
Ambassador Pamela K. Hamamoto
Rear Admiral Janice M. Hamby, USN (Ret)
Ambassador S. Fitzgerald Haney
Mary B. Hannagan, former Director of Staffing, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Ken Harbaugh, National Security Leader 
Major General Robert A. Harding, USA (Ret)
Rear Admiral Jeffrey A. Harley, USN (Ret)
Ambassador Anthony Harrington
Major General Jerry C. Harrison, USA (Ret)
United States Senator Gary Hart (Ret)
Tom N. Harvey, former Assistant Secretary of Defense
General Michael Hayden, USAF (Ret), former Director of the CIA
Major General Ralph L. Haynes, MD, MBA, USA (Ret)
General Richard D. Hearney, USMC (Ret)
Rear Admiral Clare Helminiak, MD, MPH, USPHS (Ret)
Ambassador Bruce Alan Heyman
Ambassador Douglas T. Hickey
John R. Hoag, former Principal Director for Policy, U.S. Mission to NATO
Laura S. H. Holgate, former Special Assistant to the President, National Security Council
Lieutenant General Reynold N. Hoover, USA (Ret)
Vice Admiral P. Gardner Howe, III, USN (Ret)
Ambassador Vicki J. Huddleston (Ret), former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State
Ambassador David Huebner
James G. Huse, Jr., former Inspector General of the SSA
Rear Admiral John D. Hutson, JAGC USN (Ret)
Paul Ignatius, former Secretary of the Navy
Ambassador Karl F. Inderfurth (Ret), former Assistant Secretary of State
Chris Inglis, former Deputy Director of the NSA
Admiral Bobby Inman, USN (Ret), former Deputy Director of the CIA
Brigadier General David R. Irvine, USA (Ret)
Ambassador Roberta S. Jacobson (Ret)
Ambassador Tracey Ann Jacobson (Ret)
Deborah Lee James, former Secretary of the Air Force
Lieutenant General Arlen D. Jameson, USAF (Ret)
Major General Randy Jayne, USAF (Ret)
Ray Jefferson, former Assistant Secretary, Department of Labor
Brigadier General John Johns, USA (Ret)
Brigadier General Axel Alfred Johnson III, USA (Ret)
Ambassador David T. Johnson (Ret)
Command Chief Master Sergeant Jack Johnson, Jr., USAF (Ret)
Major General James Johnson, USAF (Ret)
Lieutenant General Michelle D. Johnson, USAF (Ret)
Ambassador Beth Jones (Ret)
Brigadier General C. Jerome Jones, USAF (Ret)
Ambassador Deborah K. Jones
Major General Michael Jones, USA (Ret)
Command Sergeant Major Michele S. Jones, USA (Ret)
Lieutenant General Jan-Marc Jouas, USAF (Ret)
Colin H. Kahl, Ph.D., former National Security Advisor to the Vice President
Rear Admiral Douglas B. Kamerow, MD, MPH, USPHS (Ret)
Frank Kendall, former Under Secretary of Defense
Rear Admiral Gene Kendall, USN (Ret)
Brigadier General Jeffrey B. Kendall, USAF (Ret)
Ambassador Laura E. Kennedy (Ret), former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State 
Ambassador Kristie Kenney (Ret)
John Kerry, former Secretary of State
Lieutenant General Frank Klotz, USAF (Ret), former Under Secretary of Energy
Susan J. Koch, Ph.D., former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense
Ambassador Jimmy Kolker (Ret), former Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services
Ambassador Karen Kornbluh
Ken Krieg, former Under Secretary of Defense
William Krist, former Assistant Trade Representative



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