The very purpose of Government, as defined in the 2nd paragraph of the Declaration of Independence, is "to secure these [unalienable] rights, Governments are instituted among Men", "that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."   To fulfill this obligation, the Preamble of the Constitution states one of the duties specifically delegated to the Federal Government is to "Provide for the common defense".   US Constitution, Article 1, Section 8, Clauses 11 - 16 give Congress further direction and authority in this area, including the power "To raise and support Armies" and "To provide and maintain a Navy".  It is therefore a primary obligation of the federal government to provide for the common defense, and to be vigilant regarding potential threats, prospective capabilities, and perceived intentions of potential enemies.

The Constitution Party of Ohio opposes unilateral disarmament and dismemberment of America's defense infrastructure. That which is hastily torn down will not be easily rebuilt.  Thus, we call for the maintenance of a strong, state-of-the-art military on land, sea, in the air, and in space. We urge the executive and legislative branches of the U.S. Government to continue to provide for the modernization of our armed forces, in keeping with advancing technologies and a constantly changing world situation.

We condemn the presidential assumption of authority to deploy American troops into combat without a declaration of war by Congress, pursuant to Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution.  Further, we call upon the Governor of Ohio to vigorously oppose and deny the use of the Ohio National Guard or Ohio militia at any level to support unconstitutional wars, international police actions, or other foreign insurrections. As such, except in time of declared war, for the purposes of state security, the Governor must disallow the use of Ohio troops or militia to support or conduct operations in foreign theatres.  The Governor of Ohio must also unequivocally oppose the use of Ohio troops or militia to serve under any foreign flag or command. We are unilaterally opposed to any New World Order, and we reject U.S. participation in or a relinquishing of command to any foreign authority.

We reject the policies and practices that permit women to train for or participate in combat. Because of the radical feminization of the military over the past two decades, it must be recognized that these "advances" undermine the integrity, morale, and performance of our military organizations by dual qualification standards and forced integration. 

In concert with the National Constitution Party Platform on “Defense,” the Constitution Party of Ohio fully supports the concept of well-trained and highly organized volunteer civilian militias organized at the state level. Further, we fully support and encourage the restoration of unorganized militia at the state, county and community level in compliance with our patriotic and legal responsibilities as free citizens of these United States.  As such, we wholeheartedly endorse the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution wherein the rights of the civilian citizenry to own and bear arms, undefined and indeterminate as to type, number, or capability, shall not be infringed.