The choice to defend the nation is a collective one, delegated to the government to which we have delegated the administration of that which is collectively necessary. And the defense of the nation is collectively necessary.
The connotation of those terms seem too ideologically strident to me, though I've always believed that the dignity of the individual is an end in itself. The point of society ought to be to empower and liberate the individual. Yet I do not imagine that I am free from the violence of nature merely by my individual will: that requires the collaborative efforts of a society of the like-minded to ensure. And the organization of those collaborative efforts will require some sort of administration, and that administration will have to be empowered to make decisions.
Credat Judaeus Apella, non ego.