Richard Melson

November 2005

Committee Present Danger

The Committee on the Present Danger

is dedicated to protecting and expanding democracy by winning the

global war against terrorism and the movements and ideologies that drive it.

We will support policies that use appropriate means--

military, economic, political, social--to achieve this goal.

Senator Jon Kyl Co-Chairman

Senator Joseph Lieberman Honorary Co-Chairman

The Hon. George P. Shultz Co-Chairman

The Hon. R. James Woolsey Honorary Co-Chairman

Dear Friends,

Please see attached press release and NATO study.

Thank you and regards, Barbara Dlugos Executive Assistant


P.O. Box 65196 Washington, DC 20035

Tel. 202/778-1032 Fax 202/659-7923

Our Mission

History and Background

Mission Statement

The Committee on the Present Danger is dedicated to protecting and expanding democracy by supporting policies aimed at winning the global war against terrorism and the movements and ideologies that drive it. We will support policies that use appropriate means--military, economic, political, social--to achieve this goal. We are an international, non-partisan organization from the policy, political, academic, business, labor and professional communities. We support the advance of the rule of law, the guarantee of fundamental human rights and the development of civil societies in all regions.  

Our mission is to educate free people everywhere about the threat posed by global radical Islamist and fascist terrorist movements; to counsel against appeasement of terrorists; to support policies that are part of a strategy of victory against this menace to freedom and to support policies that encourage the development of civil society and democracy in those regions from which the terrorists emanate.

In times of great challenge to the security of the United States, Republicans, Democrats and Independents have traditionally joined to make an assertive defense of American interests.  

Twice before in American history, The Committee on the Present Danger has risen to this challenge. It emerged in 1950 as a bipartisan education and advocacy organization dedicated to building a national consensus for the Truman Administration’s policy aimed at “containment” of Soviet expansionism. In 1976, the Committee on the Present Danger reemerged, with leadership from the labor movement, bipartisan representatives of the foreign policy community and academia, all of them concerned about strategic drift in U.S. security policy and determined to support policies intended to bring the Cold War to a successful conclusion.  

In both previous periods, the Committee’s mission was clear: raise awareness to the threat to American safety; communicate the risk inherent in appeasing totalitarianism; and build support for an assertive policy to promote the security of the United States and its allies and friends.  

With victory in the Cold War, the mission of the Committee on the Present Danger was considered complete and consequently it was deactivated.   

Today, radical Islamists threaten the safety of the American people and millions of others who prize liberty. The threat is global. The radicals operate from cells in a number of countries. Rogue regimes seek power by making common cause with terrorist groups. The prospect that this deadly collusion may include weapons of mass murder is at hand.  

Like the Cold War, securing our freedom against organized terrorism is a long-term struggle. The road to victory begins with clear identification of the shifting threat and vigorous pursuit of policies to contain and defeat it.  

What the Committee Does

We are incorporated as a not-for-profit (501(c)(4)) organization. Our membership is limited to those in private life and does not include elected or appointed full-time federal or state officials or candidates for public office. All members serve in their individual capacities and not as official representatives of any other group or organization. We are all independent citizens. As a Committee, we have no ties or obligations to any Administration or political party.  

The Committee’s activities are wholly financed by voluntary contributions. Our objective is to have a broad base of public support.  

Our principal activities are educational and advocacy in support of policies and legislation relevant to our Mission. The CPD uses a variety of means to carry out its mission, such as articles in magazines and newspapers, speeches, interviews, commissioned studies, issue conferences and symposia, position papers and pamphlets, news conferences, public opinion polls and Congressional testimony and briefings.  

The Committee concerns itself primarily with broad principles and policy objectives. That is, strategies and goals, rather than the details of day-to-day implementation.  

The Committee will not urge, directly or indirectly, the election or defeat of candidates for office at any level of government. Nor will we support or oppose nominees for appointive office. On occasion, we will support or oppose specific legislative proposals, but we do not view it as our mandate to take a position on all legislation which affects foreign and national security policy.




CPDpressrelease.pdf (0.05 MB),

NATOReform.pdf (0.54 MB)

Wednesday, November 16, 2005