September 9, 2016
OLEAN, NY – Jamestown Democrat and congressional candidate, Navy Reserve Commander John Plumb, has announced his policy priorities for combating ISIS and defeating radical Islamic extremism. Plumb unveiled the platform at an event at the Cattaraugus County Campus of Jamestown Community College in Olean on Thursday evening. “For over two decades, I have had the honor of serving in defense of our country both at home and abroad, working to counter the broad range of threats we face. It is clear that ISIS is a dangerous enemy of the United States,” stated Commander Plumb. “It is important for the United States to have a strong, sensible policy that first and foremost prevents an attack on our homeland. We must focus on directly combating the threats posed by ISIS to the U.S. and our allies through five key lines of effort to provide the authorities, resources, and oversight needed to effectively dismantle ISIS, while preventing a prolonged military engagement in the Middle East. It will not be quick, and it will not be easy. But with the right leadership in Congress, we can defeat ISIS.”
Plumb’s policy priorities for combating ISIS and defeating radical Islamic extremism include:
Protect the Homeland: Reinvigorate our Joint Terrorism Task Force to effectively integrate information on threats and interrupt planned attacks on the homeland.
A New AUMF for our Current Enemy: Pass a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) to provide clear legal authority to the executive branch to hunt down, capture or kill ISIS leadership wherever they are hiding, while ensuring focused and rigorous Congressional oversight to prevent mission creep or executive overreach.
Intelligence Sharing and Joint Operational Planning to Create a True Coalition: Enhance support for intelligence sharing and joint planning, including efforts with key regional partners in the fight against ISIS.
Cutting Off ISIS Sources of Money: Expand operations and financial activities aimed at undermining ISIS sources of power – specifically their oil, arms, and financial backers.
Confront ISIS in their Cyber War: Expand and enhance existing authorities and funding that allow the U.S. to engage in offensive and defensive cyber operations to undermine and eliminate ISIS efforts to radicalize and recruit online.
Here is a link to Commander Plumb’s full policy paper on combating ISIS and defeating radical Islamic extremism.