“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
The Preamble to the U.S. Constitution identifies providing for the common defense as a principal function of government, and ties it directly to perfecting the Union, establishing justice, and insuring tranquility.
Later in the Bill of Rights, the 2nd amendment to the U.S. Constitution addresses the right of self defense, extending to the right to keep and bear arms, consistent with providing for the security of a free state, or the common defense.
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.“
The right of self defense and the responsibility to be prepared to defend those who cannot is a defining characteristic of civilized societies that have stood the test of time, invariably including the tests of outside aggression and keeping the peace internally.
This right as all human rights comes from the individual and the smallest prior society of the family and extends out to the broader population as a collection of families and communities and to governments representing them.
The work of the center of study and practice for the Common Defense involves every aspect of the right of self defense and its lawful exercise extending out from the individual to the nation state and alliances of nations and supranational entities.
Through this center the Academy advocates for a practical & responsible preparedness and developed capacity at every level of society.