Remarks by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III at the Reagan National Defense Forum (As Delivered)

December 6, 2021

U.S. Department of Defense:

Thank you, John, for that kind introduction, and thanks for everything you do for the Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute. And good afternoon, everybody. It is great to be here in person at the Reagan National Defense Forum.

And I’m glad to see so many friends and valued colleagues, including a truly outstanding delegation from the Department of Defense. This is indeed quite a crowd.

And I’m honored to be here at the Reagan Library. The old saying is that institutions are shadows of people, and this library is a tremendous extension of the legacy and optimism of President Ronald Reagan…

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