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reposition forces from europe to include the removal and redeployment of the two armored brigade combat teams that were there, those were perhaps logical decisions at the time, but the security environment is different now and it's our best assessment that one of the ways to cope with that changed security environment from both deterrence and assurance as general thurman mentioned is forward stationing an armored brigade combat team in europe. >> let me add that while we were undertaking our work over the last year the department is running hard on its own work with regard to approaches i guess i would say for deterrence and assurance, deterring russia and assuring in europe. so we were -- in doing our work we were -- we had to get in front of the department is the only way i can put it. their analysis is ongoing.
we couldn't rely on work there to the same extent that we could rely on work in other regions that the deept and the army have already done. so we weren't -- we weren't comfortable making a whole slate of recommendations with regard to what the army's already doing in europe and where it had to go all over, you know, in a comprehensive way. what we did see was improvements in deterrence and assurance on what is already happening. and as general thurman pointed out, we did see already kind of wherever the department ends up going in its full assessment of its counter russia approach we see no way around the fact that an armored bct forward station has to be a part of that. we know that's a very hard message politically on the hill. but we think it's a no-braiaine strategically. so we felt it was important to
put it out there given what we already see as the challenge set in the region. >> no, that's exactly right. the other issue has to do with rotation of forces and the whole rotational force makes sense. but when you only have so many elements, at some point you exceed your capacity. and that's what's happened today. you don't have enough armor. so the army's got to look at how it balances that. inside the armored capabilities. not only looking at a.c. but also looking at army national guard, armored brigade combat teams. to help relieve some of the stress. see, here's the deal. the russians today are conducting their own mtc rotation in syria. they're practicing with their new kit over. they understand their ground integration. they've gone to school on us.
and to maintain credible deterrence you've got to match that and be serious about it in my mind. >> any other questions? so this closes the q & a for the press piece. as you know, it is an open meeting. so we can take questions from the floor with the open public. so does anyone from the open public have any questions for the commission? okay. >> you asked them all. did your job. >> okay. all right. >> with that, again, thanks for your interest and participation today, and i think with that the last time mr. designated federal officer -- >> here we go. >> this meeting is now closed. >> we'd also ask anyone with the press who is signed up --
during campaign 2016 c-span takes you on the road to the white house as we follow the candidates on c-span, c-span radio, and c-span.org. with iowans scheduled to caucus on monday we're bringing you coverage from the hawkeye state all week. earlier we talked to voters at a coffee shop in des moines. >> smokey road coffee house is just off interstate 235 in des moines. it's a gathering spot for bible studies this morning, knitting clubs, campaign staffers and people who just want a good cupn ofot coffee. adam nordicer came in this b morning. he said he wentt very notot involved in politics to actively involved this cycle. just adam nordicer, what made that
change for you? >> i just figured it's time in life to be more involved rather than just being an involved bystander to actually be involved in the process. >> and who are you involved with? >> this year been i'm supporti cruz. c so i've been helping some familk members get involved with that. i have two family members who do a lot of phone calls, a lot of door to door. so just talking with them, hat t getting some background on ted cruz. i feel like he's the best person for the job. >> and why is that? what attracted you to ted cruz? >> i feel like in politics a lot of times and in other areas of life xwleemz seem to rule the day and i feel like a more balanced rumiddleground approacb would be more appropriate for the president of the united he states. so i feel ted cruz, the values i think are important he's very balanced on, he's consistent as well. that's why at the end of the da> i'm going for him. jeffe >> and where are you going to be on caucus night?our pl >> lord willing i'll be at precinct 82 at jefferson elementary. so. >> and what's your plan that night? >> votingwise? vote for ted cruz. >> are you going to speak for
the candidate? >> if all goes according to plain shouldn't have to speak. but i'm told i'm a back-up. >> what are you going to sayupl you have to speak for the candidate? >> if i get the opportunity i'll just touch on a couple of the big things for me, which are ge just consistency on rnabortion, that we aren't funding it with public funds, that more a coup government is given back to the state and local authorities where i think it should be. and if i have time maybe a wil couple otherbe topics as well. >> adam nordicer, appreciate it this moi morning.m we're at smokeyis gre row all m here in des moines.. and just across the table from adam nordicer is greg baker. he works for the family leader here in des y leadmoines. to th explain what the family leader is. >> the family leader's a christian ministry to works to bring the gospel of jesus chrisn in the civil arena.licals >> one of your efforts you said earlier was to get evangelicals out to the polls this sunday. explain your work in that area. >> my role is i lead the churchu network over at the family leader and we're just helping
out pastors to turn out their congregation to go and caucus. whether that be democrat or republican, whatever their political parties are affiliated with. we just want the caucuses to ber accessible for the people in the church. >> and are block evangelicals a group to turn out? aren't they a fairly stable voting blocs? don't they turn out in largen at numbers? >> they turn out better than probably any other group does in the state of iowa.ne but overall because the caucuses are only at one time of day thee have gen a pretty low turnout. far more than the general election does, for example.one t so right now about 120,000 of republicans on average and 140,000, 150,000 democrats. and then the primary or general election far more than that turn out. because it's at a set 7:00 time. you have to prioritize it.t tim. you can't just sneak in and vote before you work. past you have to be ready at that time. so we're just helping the pastor communicate to his congregation that this is very important, sel aside your time, make it a priority. >> do you think evangelicals art going to turn out this cycle
because of the candidate or the times that we're in? >> i think the times that we're in. we have that set group of [indie people. it's about 70,000 that have come up the last few caucus cycles since august's the first in thed nation, that have already culminate out for a candidate. but to go beyond that we have to find new ways to turn them out. i think the times that we're in has got them more alert than any forr time. >> greg baker, appreciate it this morning from smokey row coffee house and soda fountain. to some xts the excitement of the political horse raceit tt drives their interest in the election. for others it's the importance of a single explaiissue. is. sickles it's food security is her key issue. you can see the button she's wearing. explain what food security is. >> food security is having nutritious food that is available to you in your grocer store and that you can afford t buy and that is sustainable. so your family can always have'' the nutrition you need foror healthy living. thisd why is your issue?at i hav >> well, it's my issue for a lot
ofof reasons but the one i'd li to focus on was actually what i have learned in my work with hunger, is the importance of pregnant mothers and the first three to five yearsrs of life and the importance of food security during that time because what statistics show and scientific s research has shown is that if you do not have good nutrition down here it affects your entire life. if you just carry that forward, if you say you do not have good nutrition down here it's going to affect your ability to handle school. so it affects your education, which affects your job. and it affects your health.nutr studies have shown that if you do not have good nutrition down here you are more than likely than the general population to have a chronic disease up here i and you are more likely to get it earlier than the general somm
population. actually it howif would save us so much money in our government ifit we'd actual feed the children. >> do you think the candidates on the campaign trail are >> talking about food security enough? >> no. >> who's talking about it the best? he >> actually, it's very subtle. there's nothing direct where anyone i have heard, and i watch a lot of tv, no one has actually said anything about food security. you might hear the word poverty once in a while but i have never heard any candidate say anything about food security. >> diana sickles, thank you for talking to us about food security. greta, as we continue walk round smokey row coffee house, it's representatives, there's voters for there'sn different campaigns, including the martin o'malley campaign. excuse me if i jump in here. vivian de la cruz is a martin o'malley supporter. think h talk to me about why your
supporting martin o'malley. >> o'malley i think has a historyy of being pro immigrant and that's something i feelel other candidates have not realla been. and myself, i was born andommu i raised here in des moines but i have a lot of friends and connections within myfor that l community that are dreamers. and i feel that for me for thato reasonrt alone i'm -- that's th biggest reason i feel i support o'malley, because he has been pro immigrant from the beginning. he's not just words. he also acts on it. for me i think o'malley should have the latino vote and that's why i choose o'malley.n mond >> martin o'malley clearly the underdog in the democratic racei how does that impact you as you go to the caucuses monday night? >> it doesn't impact me.nd i'm o'malley and i will be. the only thing i can do is kind of be the voice for other e tryo people. and oncece they ask me why i ca let them know. everybody always has you jump on
their bandwagons.ey great.t's. that's what politics is all's about. but i justll be ca feel strongl advocating for martin>> o'malle. that's who i'll be caucusing for as well.ders. >> is there an acceptable second choice in your mind if it's not o'malley? >> my second choice has been bernie sanders. but i mean i don't really have a second choice, if that makes sense. >> vivian de la cruz, thank you so much for your time this morning. >> our road to the white house coverage continues on c-span 2. first a town hall in ottumwa, iowa with new jersey governor and presidential candidate chris christie. then we take you to the university of iowa in iowa city, where presidential candidate ben carson and iowa senator chuck grassley will speak to supporters. that's live at 3:00 p.m. eastern. utah governor gary herbert
delivers his annual state of the state address at the state capitol in salt lake city. he called for legislators to focus their upcoming lawmaking session on reducing the number of regulations affecting utah businesses, investing in schools and boosting the state's business climate. this is half an hour. >> all rise. the honorable gary r. herbert, governor of the great state of utah and first lady jeanette herbert, followed by spencer cox, our lieutenant governor and his wife abby.
[ applause ] >> governor, welcome to the joint conference. >> well, thank you very much. it's always an honor to be with you here at this special occasion. president needierhauser, speaker ewes, members of the legislature, attorney general sean reyes, auditor dugal, justices of the utah supreme court, lieutenant governor and mrs. cox and utah's first lady, my wonderful wife jeanette. my fellow utahns. the utah we know and love today stands on higher ground because of the many sacrifices of hard-working utahns who've gone before us. let me begin this evening by acknowledging two of these
giants who left us this past year. former governors norm banger ter and arlene walker. among governor bangerter's many achievements he deserves great credit for improving government efficiency in a time of economic uncertainty. governor bangerter was a down to earth leader who liked to say he was just an old farmer and carpenter from granger who happened to be governor. we all saw so much more in norm bangerter. he was a true leader who had the courage to stand up for what he believed. he knew how to partner with the legislature to solve the critical issues of the day. in short norm offered utah what we need in this state, and that is the steady hand of leadership. governor walker was also a leader and a trail blazer. the first woman to hold utah's highest office. just as important, she was a tireless advocate from education who established early reading
initiatives in our utah schools. as a state legislator she had the foresight to create utah's rainy day fund to help us prepare our state for the unforeseen events of the future. that rainy day fund now has $528 million in it. the largest amount in our state's history. and for establish iing and prudently increasing the rainy day fund, both governor walker and everyone here in this body deserves a round of applause. [ applause ] this week we witnessed a remarkable outpouring of love and support for hometown hero officer doug barney, who gave the ultimate sacrifice while in the line of duty. he was a husband, a father of three beautiful children, a dependable friend and brother, and an honorable public servant.
in honor of him and others who have left and gone before, let us today commit ourselves as a state to show greater respect and appreciation for the men and women who willingly put themselves in harm's way to serve, protect, and defend utahns every single day. [ applause ] the question before us tonight is simple. what is the state of our state? and just as important, what are we going to do to make it even better? six years ago our state found itself in the most severe recession since the great
depression. the unemployment rate at the time was 8%. each of us had family members and friends who struggled just to get by. our economy had been weakened, but we did not give up hope. together we set a goal to not only recover from the great recession but to become the top-performing economy in america. six short years later our state economy is has added 219,000 ne jobs with an unemployment rate dropping from 8% down to 3 1/2% today. in fact, in nine of the last 12 months utah had the highest job growth creation of any state in the nation. [ applause ] our economy is now the third most diverse. income inequality is low. our wage growth is up. and just this fall the state of
utah was recognized as the most fundamentally sound economy in america. [ applause ] since i stood here one year ago businesses across our state have now added approximately 40,000 new jobs. think about that for just a minute. some of you within the sound of my voice now the pain that comes from losing a job. 40,000 new jobs means new opportunities for 40,000 utahns. and this isn't just a statistic. we're talking about real people here. our neighbors, our friends, our family members. so what is the state of our state? the state of our state is strong and i think most of us would say the state of our state is outstanding. [ applause ]
that being said, i believe i can do even better. a high quality of life should mean parents don't have to watch their children leave to go to another town or another state because there are no jobs available where they live. jeanette and i enjoy the singular blessing of having our six children and now 16 grandchildren all living here in utah within 30 minutes of our home. your children may not choose to stay here, but we need an economy strong enough that they always have the choice. unfortunately, this is not the case in some of the rural areas of our state. as we begin this session, i ask you in the legislature to focus on these communities with renewed determination and resolve. thanks to the leadership of senator ralph okerland we now have new tools available in this battle. soon there will be another industrial development in irish county, roads to a potash mine in beaver county. and other critical
infrastructure projects that will enable businesses to expand in rural utah like never before. while developing this kind of basic infrastructure is the proper role of government make no mistake it is our small businesses and large businesses and the tens of thousands of hard-working productive utah workers who create utah's economic success and not the government. [ applause ] if we expect to make further progress in rural utah, it will take more entrepreneurs like roland christiansen. born and raised in fayette, utah. population, 245. in his lifetime roland has developed 38 different patents and started four successful businesses. he has employed hundreds of people. and the place he chose to build those businesses is in his home
town in san pete county. for those of you born and raised in rural utah, your home town needs you. to utahns everywhere, whether you live in blaning or bear river, perwan or plain city, i pledge to you tonight that we will not rest until all 29 counties and all 245 cities and towns in our state are full participants in utah's tremendous economic success. [ applause ] even in those areas where our states have abundant prosperity, we can still do better. recently i had the the opportunity to visit with meloday true blood, a young single mother from ogden. as a child and now as an adult she has experienced constant economic struggles, homelessness, joblessness, and the feeling that life just isn't what it could or should be. during my visit with her she
said something that has left an indelible impression upon me. she said, governor, a lot of brilliant minds are lost to poverty. in typical utah fashion meloday decided she was going to do something about her situation. she enrolled in a paralegal program provided by weber state university. she began attending financial planning and budget classes. and because she lives in utah not only will she have a good education but there will be job opportunities for her once she graduates. as meloday has demonstrated and as i believe, it is education, not entitlement that creates the opportunity for self-reliance. [ applause ] if you remember nothing else from my message this evening, remember this.
education is the most important investment we can make in utah's future. [ applause ] one of the define's moments in my time as governor came last year when we made one of the largest increases in education funding ever in utah's history. $512 million in all. as i go around the state i am often thanks by teachers, principals, parents and others for this extraordinary investment in utah's future. members of the legislature, i recognize that you often don't get all the credit you deserve on this issue. i believe that needs to change. so tonight i want to be absolutely clear. on behalf of all 3 million utahns from across this state i'm here to deliver a message that is long overdue. thank you, members of the
legislature, for investing in our future. [ applause ] with finite resources and hundreds of competing demands in last year's session you made the tough decision that put utah's children first. together we have invested over $1.3 billion of new money in education over the past four years, which is more money, by the way, committed to education than any other time in utah's history. our sustained long-term investment in education is already producing positive results. for example, when i first came into office one in every four utah high school students did not graduate. that was unacceptable to you and to me. step by step that number has improved. i'm pleased to report that utah's graduation rate has grown by nearly 10% and is now at 84%.
[ applause ] that means 3,400 additional students now graduate each and every year from utah schools with increased opportunities like never before. now, 84% is a good number compared to other states but i know that we can and we must in fact do better. tonight i am challenging teachers, parents, principals, school board members, and most importantly our students to raise our graduation rate in this state to 90% in the next four years. [ applause ] we can do it. i pledge to you tonight that we will bring to bear the necessary resources, determination, and innovation to achieve this goal.
members of the legislature, now is not the time to take our foot off the gas pedal. let us recommit tonight that we will work together to reinvest in our children and in our future. [ applause ] as one of the fastest-growing states in america, just a few months ago our state welcomed its 3 millionth resident. with our growing population we must do all that we can to preserve our enviable quality of life despite some of the challenges that we uniquelyp;6' face. one example of the meaningful progress we have made to improve air quality, together rev reduced total emissions by approximately 35% over the past ten years. but the data means very little when the inversion sets in and those emissions hang in the valleys. there's important work yet to be done. one thing is for certain. environmental challenges won't be solved with hyperbole or
misinformation. we must invest our limited resources in programs and technology that will actually work, not just rhetoric that ignores common sense. that's why i'm continuing to push for our refineries to produce much cleaner tier 3 fuel as soon as possible. this is one of the most effective steps we can take to improve air quality. i'm proud to announce that one of our refineries, tesoro, has already agreed to make this transition. i have personally met with every refinery in this state, and we expect others will work with us to fully bring tier 3 fuels to utah. we are currently enjoying a wet winter but we know from history it may not always be that way. that's why my budget also calls for funds to help fund long-term solutions to our water supply to accommodate future needs. we must make an individual and collective commitment to be good stewards of our land, of our air, and of our water.
there's no state in america with as much natural beauty as our state and our combined efforts will ensure that utah's natural wonders can be enjoyed by generations to come. [ applause ] health care is another important issue. some continue to struggle with inadequate health care coverage because of the fundamentally flawed affordable care act, coupled with the u.s. supreme court decision. here in the state of utah we have worked together to try to find a solution. unfortunately, we have not yet succeeded in that effort. too often many of the problems created by the federal government are simply dumped at the feet of the states. we can speak out in defiance. we can choose to ignore them. or we can roll up our sleeves and work together to actually do
something. my friends in the legislature, it's time to find a solution. this problem is not going to go away. this is too important of an issue to ignore. too many utahns work hard and still have no health care coverage. i will promise to you that i will work with you to continue providing constructive, practical solutions to every problem and every challenge that we face regardless of who created them. and i know that you want to do the same thing. no matter what issues we the people face, the states can and do find the best solutions. it's the states, not the federal government that finds the best solutions. [ applause ] on this issue of health care let this be the session where utah leads the way in finding the
right utah state solution. we have seen that kind of innovation and success in areas of state government. for example, if we had simply added new employees over the last five years at the same rate as our growing population, we would have more than 2,200 additional state and full-time employees today. instead, we have reduced the number of state employees by 11%, saving utah taxpayers over $177 million in 2015 alone. what does that improved efficiency mean in practical terms for everyday utah citizens? i'll tell you. it means that our tax burden is one of the lowest in the nation. it means improved efficiency. also means that you can now carry around your fishing or hunting license on your smartphone. it means that we can process 50s faster than ever before to get criminals off the streets and behind bars.
and we have accomplished what many people would think is the impossible. we've actually reduced the average wait time down to four minutes at the dmv. [ applause ] four years ago my administration conducted an exhaustive regulation review process that has modified and eliminated 368 regulations. in addition, i have just completed a review of every executive order issued by a utah governor since statehood. tonight i am pleased to announce that i will repeal 52 of these executive orders that are no longer necessary. in washington, d.c. we have a president who thinks it's okay to bypass congress and create laws by executive order. well, that's not the way we do it in utah.