Thursday, November 26, 2015
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During his famous Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln said that America is a nation “conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” He proceeded to question whether or not such a nation “can long endure.” The testing ground for such a nation, as he observed, was not in the halls of academia or before the high courts. Rather, Americans prove defend their nation’s existence on the field of battle.

Since the conception of America, the United States military has stood as a line of defense between the American people and those who would see this great land conquered. During World War 2, it was the American military that crumbled the fascist war machines of Europe. Even today in Iraq and Afghanistan, our troops are fighting to rid the world of the disease that is radical militant Islam.

Edmund Burke once said “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” The United States military is our nation’s promise to both ourselves and our neighbors that evil will never triumph.

The men and women who volunteer to stand downrange of enemy fire deserve our prayers.

Through the “Adopt our Troops” program, you can both register and adopt a specific member of America’s armed forces in prayer. What greater gift could you provide these troops than intercession on behalf of our omnipotent God?

Please take the time to adopt one of these soldiers and pray for them every day. If you know a specific member of the military, please register them. More than anything we could personally give them, our troops need our support through prayer.

Featured Member of the Armed Forces for Prayer

PrayFocusArmedForcesMarcel Lettre, Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence

Marcel Lettre grew up in an Army family. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, and earned a master’s degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Lettre served as an analyst for a global management consulting firm and in research roles including for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Nuclear Nonproliferation Project, the Harvard-Stanford Preventative Defense Project, and a Congressional commission examining the organization and efficacy of the U.S. government regarding intelligence and programs to counter WMD.

He was a professional staff member on the U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He went on to serve as Senior Defense and Intelligence Advisor and Senior National Security Advisor to the U.S. Senate Majority Leader, handling all “Gang of Eight” intelligence matters for the leader. He served as a Special Assistant to Secretaries of Defense Chuck Hagel, Leon Panetta and Bob Gates, serving as Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary Panetta. He then became Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs.

President Obama nominated Lettre as the Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and he was unanimously confirmed by the Senate in October 2013. He is currently the Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence.

Lettre is married and has two daughters. He is an outdoorsman and hiker, having once backpacked the full 2,100-mile length of the Appalachian Trail.

IN THE NEWS: The cyber threat picture is complex and a function of a geostrategic landscape that is as challenging as the nation has seen in 50 years, said the Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, Marcel Lettre. “Attacking the cyber-defense challenge really does require partnerships with industry and partnerships with international allies,” Lettre said. Establishing the now five-year-old Cyber Command was a big step forward in building out the needed forces and tools, he said, and by 2018 the sub-command will be fully operational, with 6,200 cyber forces that will allow the department to defend its networks, defend the nation, and support combatant commanders. His comments were part of a panel discussion on cyber security, in which it was agreed that the Department of Defense needs to turn to the private sector to harness the abilities and their capabilities to generate the tools DoD needs to execute its broad mission to defend the nation and protect its interest. Cyber should have the same opportunities as the conventional military, they agreed.