By coincidence, this effort is headed by Jane Harman, who was my Congresswoman back when I lived in Los Angeles. The organization is called Secure U.S. Their platform gives me mixed feelings. "Encouraging democracy" and resolving "the unfair burden on the National Guard and Reserves" I'm all for. "Supporting a strong intelligence and aerospace industrial base" is a recipe for shoveling money at contractors without caring if they're producing (granted, I appreciate being kept on the payroll). "Increasing our energy security" usually relies on miracles to solve our problems (I'm including the Presidents approach to it). "Refusing to trade away our civil liberties" doesn't sound like they're going to take a look at the pros and cons of eavesdropping. "Teaching our families how to respond" to terrorist attacks is a great idea. That includes concealed carry permits, right?
I'm hoping this will produce some useful results. New plans would be good. A useful debate over the best way to wage the war would also be good (instead we've been getting arguments over whether there is a war, sigh). At the very least I hope it does better than Democrats for National Security, a similar organization from 2004 that's now just a dead link.