New Ad Highlights America’s Technological Advantage as ‘Vital to National Security’

WASHINGTON, DC – The American Edge Project, a coalition of more than a dozen domestic organizations, today released fresh advertising to underscore the central role our nation’s technological advantage plays in America’s national security. “Security” is the second in an ongoing series of spots slated to run in the largest markets across the nation. The ad features Admiral James G. Stavridis, USN (Ret.), who served as Supreme Allied Commander at NATO and commander of U.S. Southern Command, as well as former White House Counterterrorism and Homeland Security Advisor Frances Townsend. The bipartisan duo leads AEP’s National Security Advisory Board.


Admiral James G. Stavridis: I served as Supreme Allied Commander of NATO for President Obama and commander of U.S. Southern Command for President Bush.

Frances Townsend: I served as Counterterrorism and Homeland Security Advisor to President George W. Bush.

Stavridis: We agree that America’s tech leadership is vital to our national security.

Townsend: To deter growing threats from nations, such as China, Russia and Iran, we must keep our Internet open and accessible, protect U.S. intellectual property and promote innovation.

Stavridis: America’s adversaries want to erode our competitive edge and they are investing heavily in research and development to surpass us.

Townsend: They exploit the Internet to surveil their people, stifle debate and arrest dissidents.

Stavridis: Countries that don’t share our values could redefine the future of the Internet and innovation itself.

Townsend: We must protect America’s technological advantage.

Stavridis: The stakes couldn’t be higher.

Background: The American Edge Project is a coalition of domestic organizations representing a cross-section of U.S. innovators who are dedicated to telling the story about technology’s positive influence on America’s economy and the vital role innovation plays in our society. Former New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, former U.S. Representative Chris Carney, and former Federal Election Commission Chairman Bradley A. Smith are directors of the American Edge Project.