Sunday, February 1, 2015
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Armed Forces

Armed Forces

During his famous Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln said that America is a nation “conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” He proceeded to question whether or not such a nation “can long endure.” The testing ground for such a nation, as he observed, was not in the halls of academia or before the high courts. Rather, Americans prove defend their nation’s existence on the field of battle.

Since the conception of America, the United States military has stood as a line of defense between the American people and those who would see this great land conquered. During World War 2, it was the American military that crumbled the fascist war machines of Europe. Even today in Iraq and Afghanistan, our troops are fighting to rid the world of the disease that is radical militant Islam.

Edmund Burke once said “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” The United States military is our nation’s promise to both ourselves and our neighbors that evil will never triumph.

The men and women who volunteer to stand downrange of enemy fire deserve our prayers.

Through the “Adopt our Troops” program, you can both register and adopt a specific member of America’s armed forces in prayer. What greater gift could you provide these troops than intercession on behalf of our omnipotent God?

Please take the time to adopt one of these soldiers and pray for them every day. If you know a specific member of the military, please register them. More than anything we could personally give them, our troops need our support through prayer.

Featured Member of the Armed Forces for Prayer

PrayFocusArmedForcesMichael G. Vickers, Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence

Michael George Vickers was born in April 1953 in Burbank, California. He graduated with honors from the University of Alabama, and received an MBA from the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania. He earned a Ph.D. in International Relations/Strategic Studies from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

He served in the U.S. Army Special Forces and as a CIA paramilitary operations officer. He was involved with Operation Cyclone, the CIA program to arm Islamist Mujahedeen during the Soviet war in Afghanistan. Later he was Senior Vice President of Strategic Studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments during which he provided service on Iraq strategy to U.S. President George H. W. Bush and his war cabinet.

He was confirmed by the United States Senate as Assistant Secretary of Defense in 2007 and is now Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence.

IN THE NEWS: Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Michael G. Vickers said he expects a transition to posture future U.S. leaders with the capabilities they’ll need to deal with emerging challenges – geopolitical and technological. At a meeting of the Atlantic Council, Vickers said the challenges of our dynamic world include everything from instability across the broader Middle East and North America, sectarian conflict, and wars that end only to begin again. He included cyber threats, increasing in range and sophistication, as well as threats to space systems. The challenges extend to proliferation of nuclear weapons and delivery systems in North Korea and Iran, Russia’s challenge to the European order through proxy war, and to the West through information warfare and the development of advanced systems, and the continued rise of China. Looking out at America’s next decade, he said, “There are plenty of reasons to be optimistic … but there are lots of storm clouds internationally.”