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Center for American Security

Center Vision

The twin American victories in the Second World War and the Cold War established our country as “the last, best hope for man on Earth.” Freedom’s cause in every part of the globe depends upon a strong America. With our country secure, we can, with greater confidence, advance American security abroad. American security is exemplified by a strong military, fair trade deals, alliances that are equitable, aggressors who are isolated, and those who harm us, destroyed. The America First Policy Institute (AFPI) examines American security abroad as a prerequisite for peace at home: always putting American interests first. This includes removing ourselves from endless, unnecessary wars in order to rebuild the homeland, while also understanding our indispensable role in maintaining a world at peace.

The America First Policy Institute’s Center for American Security champions Americans rather than a theoretical “America” imagined by the Washington national security establishment. The exercise of American power requires clear justification, and an America First approach ensures that American power is used in the interest of Americans. To advance that goal, the Center looks to ensure that there will be rigorous research and development of policies which will serve as an authentically American alternative to Washington’s increasingly obsolescent foreign and defense policy orthodoxy.

The phrase America First refers to an approach rooted in an awareness of America’s unique role in the world, and its unmatched ability to do best for others when its people are strong, safe, and prosperous. It means that any commitments of American lives or dollars abroad must come with concrete benefits to the American people. Every investment of American resources needs to reap a substantial security benefit.

Policy Overview

  • Maintain the America First Tradition in the National Security Profession
  • Bolster America’s Economic Might
  • Expand America’s Unrivaled Military Strength
  • End Endless Wars and Make Foreign Commitments Strategic
  • Secure our Nation’s Borders
  • Eliminate Global Terrorists Who Threaten to Harm Americans


Lt. General (Ret.) Keith Kellogg

Co-Chairman, Center for American Security

The Honorable John Ratcliffe

Co-Chairman, Center for American Security

Jacob Olidort, Ph.D.

Director, Center for American Security

Javon Price

Policy Analyst, Center for Opportunity Now; Center for Second Chances; and Center for American Security