National Security Task Force Mission Statement 

The National Security Task Force will advance smart, strategic, and strong national security policies focused on protecting the United States, the American people, and our interests abroad. Through substantive policy discussions, the task force will provide a forum for members to identify solutions to our most pressing security challenges and communicate these solutions to the American people in a clear and compelling way. The task force will also take concrete actions to bolster Democratic positioning on national security and hold the Trump Administration accountable.

Meet our Co-Chairs

Rep. Seth Moulton, Co-Chair

After graduating from Harvard in 2001, Seth was inspired to join the United States Marine Corps by the 18 and 19-year olds who put their lives on the line for our country.

He served four tours in Iraq as a Marine Corps infantry officer, including two as an infantry platoon commander and two as a Special Assistant to General David Petraeus. He left the Marines in 2008 with the rank of Captain, attended Harvard Business School and the Kennedy School of Government, and worked in the private sector.

Eager to continue serving our country, Seth ran for Congress in 2014 with a promise to bring new, bipartisan leadership to Washington. In his first term, Seth made it a priority to find areas for common ground; nearly 60 percent of all bills he has co-sponsored have bipartisan support. Seth has focused on spurring economic growth for Massachusetts families, ensuring that we make informed decisions about our national security, and improving veterans’ health care through the VA, where he continues to receive his own care. Seth serves on the House Armed Services Committee and Budget Committee.

Rep. Stephanie Murphy, Co-Chair

Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, and sits on the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities and the Subcommittee on Readiness.  Rep. Murphy previously served at the Department of Defense, where she worked on a wide range of issues, including counterterrorism, security cooperation with foreign militaries, and strategic planning.  She received multiple awards during her tenure, including the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service.  As a Member of Congress, Rep. Murphy has authored legislation to prohibit partisan political advisors from serving on the National Security Council; to deter and respond to unjustified disclosures of classified information to U.S. adversaries; to improve the collection and dissemination of intelligence on North Korea; and to establish a commission of security officials from the United States and partner nations in the Asia-Pacific region to deepen cooperation and address joint threats. Rep. Murphy represents Florida’s Seventh Congressional District, which encompasses all of Seminole County and much of northern Orange County, including downtown Orlando, Maitland and Winter Park.

Rep. Jimmy Panetta, Co-Chair

Congressman Jimmy Panetta is honored to co-chair the Democratic Caucus National Security Task Force with Reps. Seth Moulton and Stephanie Murphy.  Based on his previous military service and background, Panetta hopes to work with all Democratic members to ascertain and articulate our party’s proposed solutions to our national security issues.  From 2003 to 2011, Panetta served as an officer in the United States Navy, Reserve Component.  Despite being employed full time as a prosecutor in Oakland, California, Lieutenant Panetta volunteered for active duty in 2007.  He was quickly mobilized and deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  During that time, Panetta was assigned to a Special Operations Task Force as an Intelligence Officer responsible for finding high value enemy targets.  Based on his work, Panetta was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service.  Although Panetta stopped wearing the uniform in 2011, he continued to serve those who served our nation.  As a board member with the Veterans Transition Center in Monterey County he worked to end veterans’ homelessness and fought to establish Monterey County’s first Veterans Treatment Court.  Panetta also partnered with local leaders and community members to attain the political will and financial funding for the construction of the Central Coast Veterans Cemetery on the former Fort Ord.  Due to his work with Veterans, Panetta was named a Monterey County Veteran of the Year in 2015.

After graduating from the University of California Davis with a degree in International Relations, Panetta worked at the U.S. Department of State in the Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs.  He worked on issues pertaining to the proliferation of chemical weapons and missile technology in the Office of Weapons Proliferation Policy.  Prior to obtaining his law degree from Santa Clara University School of law, Panetta conducted research on weapons proliferation issues at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.  Congressman Panetta is proud to represent the 20th Congressional district on the central coast of California.  That area is home to a dozen military installations, including the Navy Postgraduate School, Army Defense Foreign Language Institute, Fort Hunter Liggett, Fleet Numerical Weather Station, and the Defense Personnel Data Center.