Archive for Thursday, August 26, 2010

Brownback outlines military strategy at Fort Leavenworth

August 26, 2010, 8:25 a.m. Updated August 26, 2010, 2:55 p.m.


— Republican Sam Brownback said Thursday that if he is elected governor of Kansas he will encourage private-sector development of industries related to the Army training that takes place at Fort Leavenworth.

Brownback told supporters that the state needs to take better advantage of the training and education of military officers at Fort Leavenworth, where armies from around the world send officers for training.

“I am absolutely convinced the potential for this part of the state is significant. These unique assets in your area put you in a great position to grow,” Brownback said.

Brownback faces Democrat Tom Holland in November’s general election. Holland was campaigning in southeast Kansas discussing education.

Dana Houle, his campaign manager, didn’t speak to Brownback’s desire to increase defense-related jobs, but criticized the Republican for votes against health care proposals that could have benefited veterans.

“In Washington, Sam Brownback’s on the side of the special interests, so there’s no reason to think he’ll take the side of veterans, military families and their communities if he returns to Kansas,” Houle said.

Fort Leavenworth, established in 1827, is home to the Army’s Command and General Staff College and numerous training and doctrine centers that develop military strategies.

Brownback said more could be done to encourage more military retirees to settle in the Leavenworth area, and use their skills in new private sector ventures.

And he supports the construction of a convention center in Leavenworth to host military gatherings. Brownback said officers from across the U.S. military and some 90 nations should be able to stay and meet near the post, not be forced to hold gatherings across the Missouri River in Kansas City.

“We must do a better job of making sure all of those pieces are in place here in Kansas,” Brownback said.

If elected, Brownback said he would encourage more collaboration among the Department of Defense, private military contractors, research centers and state universities.

He said he would like to see Kansas University, for example, add a master’s degree in business focused on military contracting, similar to programs it has developed for supply chain management.

Kansas is also home to Fort Riley where the 1st Infantry Division is based, along with McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita. Numerous defense contractors dealing in military hardware, such as a division of Boeing Co., are located near the Air Force base.

Brownback said that he would continue the tradition of a governor’s military council to keep working to maintain a military-friendly climate in the state to protect those installations.


mbulicz 7 years, 10 months ago

I absolutely can't stand Brownback. He's a corporate stooge. He even voted to protect corporations from lawsuits if one of their employees is gang raped.

Here's hoping that our other option turns out to be decent...

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 10 months ago

Military strategy? Is he planning on going to war with Nebraska for jumping to the Big 10?

Sam, we all know this governor thing is primarily an initial step towards another run for president, but you're really getting ahead of yourself on this one.

Mixolydian 7 years, 10 months ago

"Military Strategy" was a term coined by the LJ World headline writers. It's not part of the story, had you read the story it would have been obvious. Brownback wants to " encourage private-sector development of industries related to the Army training that takes place at Fort Leavenworth"

Can't argue with that. Job development in Kansas.

Paul R Getto 7 years, 10 months ago

Maybe we can buy him a junior national guard uniform with some cool medals. He will be in 'charge' of that outfit.

Bill Lee 7 years, 10 months ago

He'll go anywhere to find a friendly audience. Let's do whatever it takes to keep this idiot out of the governor's office. I almost called him a moron, but that's the guy running for the senate.

blindrabbit 7 years, 10 months ago

Where was his personal military strategy; another avoider who is a rampant supporter of anything military. This guy is a spineless wimp doing whatever to get elected.

blindrabbit 7 years, 10 months ago

Agree, The fact that the Kansas National Guard did a great job overseas has nothing to do with Smilin Sam. Giving him any credit along this line is like giving Dubya credit for having a good Iraq/Afghanistan set of policies.

roadrunner 7 years, 10 months ago

What does Brownback really know about military strategy anyway? Even if a strategy is necessary for Ft. Leavenworth, I'm sure there is someone way more capable to get the job done. Kansas Governor is bad enough, President? Gag me!!!

cowboy 7 years, 10 months ago

One must question why an editor would place this story , or really non story , devoid of any facts or clear statements in the paper to begin with. This seems a pattern of the LJW to have the daily Sam story.

If you take all the Sam stories , add them up , you still don't have a single credible strategic thought.

Jimo 7 years, 10 months ago

I believe the term for speeches along these lines is: gossamer.

Randall Uhrich 7 years, 10 months ago

Just more tax dollars to the MIC (Military Industrial Complex). With the Iraq war winding down, gotta have something to keep those expenditures at the same levels. "Use it or lose it". I guess Ol' Sam thinks we need our own School of the Americas in Kansas to keep those insurrections going. What a tool.

Danimal 7 years, 10 months ago

Brownback is one of a handful of senators that voted against the new GI Bill a couple years ago. Sam Brownback doesn't give two figs about our troops, their families or our veterans. All he's interested in is the money he can sponge up from military contractors. Actually not a terrible idea, but it's not like Brownback is the first to come up with it. The most important thing to Sam Brownback is Sam Brownback, no contest. He's not in politics and government to serve the people, but to stroke his own ego. Of course, that's true of almost every politician today. Unfortunately, ol' Sam is probably the best option for governor this fall. Why Mark Parkinson, why won't you run and save Kansas from this clown?

blindrabbit 7 years, 10 months ago

None2: Brownback spent much of his Washington time over on C Street praying with the rest of the kooks!

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