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The Journal Gazette

Monday, March 04, 2019 12:40 pm

Banks chosen for Reagan Institute task force

The Journal Gazette

U.S. Rep. Jim Banks is among 20 people named to a new task force for the Ronald Reagan Institute's Center for Peace Through Strength.

The Task Force on 21st Century National Security Technology and Workforce "will convene prominent thought leaders, public officials, and industry executives to produce a report detailing recommendations to ensure the United States is technologically prepared to meet 21st-century challenges and possesses the National Security Innovation Base (NSIB) workforce required to promote America’s security and prosperity, as well as a peaceful international order," the institute said in a news release.

Banks, R-3rd, is a Navy Reserve officer and a member of the House Armed Services Committee.

He said in a statement: "The current geopolitical climate creates threats never before seen in our history, and in the spirit of President Reagan, I hope we can confront these challenges boldly with strong American leadership by preserving peace through strength. I look forward to collaborating with distinguished members of academia, public policy, and private enterprise to help make America stronger and safer.”

The task force co-chairs are former Missouri Republican senator Jim Talent and Robert Work, a former deputy secretary of defense in the Obama and Trump administrations. Banks is among three members of the House appointed to the task force.