Since its founding, Truman has championed the post-World War II understanding that the United States has a responsibility to preserve and expand human rights, prosperity, and security around the world. We have always acknowledged the essential role of diplomacy, defense, development, and democracy in our efforts to lead. Towards these internationalist goals, we espouse humanitarian means: the example we set, and the means we choose, are goals themselves. Truman is uniquely positioned to give substance to this vision of national security.
We boast deep roots in Washington, DC, but with 16 Chapters around the country and members in all 50 states, we also understand how national security decisions impact state and local communities across America.
As an example, our recent State Department Task Force Report
— which brought together 60 Truman member drafters and external reviews to craft a pathbreaking report to rebuild the Department -- underscores the importance of the connection between the State Department and the rest of America and the role Truman believes that building trust via accountability and transparency, as well as diversity -- must play in order to get this change right.