September 15, 1998


I am confident that our forward-deployed and "first-to-fight" units are highly ready, and our overall force is fully capable of carrying our our national military strategy. But I am also determined that we do not relax our vigilance to keep our forces ready to protect America's security needs today and well into the 21st century.

President Bill Clinton
September 15, 1998

Today, President Clinton meets with Secretary of Defense William Cohen, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the senior operational commanders of America's armed forces at the National Defense University to discuss military readiness. The President will call on Congress to support his defense priorities to ensure that our military remains well-equipped and capable of meeting the challenges of the 21st Century.

America's Armed Forces Are The Best-Trained, Best-Equipped And Best-Led In The World. As we move into the 21st Century, our men and women in uniform are fully capable of carrying out our national military strategy and meeting America's defense commitments around the world. The President is committed to ensuring that we maintain this high level of readiness.

Military Readiness Is The President's Top Defense Priority. The President has directed all levels of our military command to monitor and address military readiness. In recent months, the Clinton Administration has taken important steps to strengthen military readiness:

The President Calls On Congress To Support Military Readines by funding the Administration's defense budget priorities. These important initiatives include:

September 1998

September 10, 1998

September 30, 1998

September 1, 1998

September 2, 1998

September 3, 1998

September 4, 1998

September 28, 1998

September 29, 1998

September 24, 1998

September 25, 1998

September 8, 1998

September 9, 1998

September 18, 1998

September 14, 1998

September 21, 1998

September 15, 1998

September 22, 1998

September 16, 1998

September 23, 1998

September 17, 1998

Initial Response To Referral

Referral of Office of Independent Counsel

President and First Lady | Vice President and Mrs. Gore
Record of Progress | The Briefing Room
Gateway to Government | Contacting the White House | White House for Kids
White House History | White House Tours | Help
Privacy Statement


Site Map

Graphic Version

T H E   W H I T E   H O U S E