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“What an  exemplary organization you are — devoting yourselves to the pursuit of peace and national security.  I can think of no loftier purpose or goal.”

— 1995 letter from President Ronald Reagan to the Center for Security Policy

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction,” President Ronald Reagan warned. “We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”

That’s why 30 of President Reagan’s national security practitioners founded the Center for Security Policy in 1988: To perpetuate our 40th president’s transformative philosophy of “Peace through strength.” To keep America strong for future generations.

Led by Frank Gaffney, a former Reagan Pentagon official and aide to Senator Scoop Jackson, the Reagan national security veterans turned the Center into a unique, non-partisan, educational public policy organization with a single overarching mission: To secure freedom for American citizens of today and tomorrow.

“Through the years, the Center for Security Policy has helped ensure a vigorous national security debate and, in so doing, strengthened our national security with energy, persistence and patriotism.” 

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld on receiving the Center’s Keeper of the Flame Award, October 25, 1998.


“Let me say this to Frank Gaffney and the Center for Security Policy: thank you for the tremendous honor you bestowed on me tonight.  Thank you for your clear clarion vision, your courage and your leadership.  It makes an extraordinary difference.” 

Senator Ted Cruz on receiving the Center’s Keeper of the Flame Award, November 17, 2017..

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