Subcommittees


Subcommittee on Airland

  • Responsibilities: Army planning and operations policy and programs (less space, cyber, and special operations); Air Force planning and operations policy and programs (less nuclear weapons, space, cyber, and special operations).
  • Special additional area: National Guard and Reserve planning and operations policy and equipment.
  • Oversight of budget accounts: Army and Air Force research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E) and procurement (less technology base, space, cyber, nuclear weapons, special operations, and ammunition).
Senator Cotton, Chairman Senator King, Ranking Member
Senator Inhofe Senator McCaskill
Senator Wicker Senator Blumenthal
Senator Tillis Senator Donnelly
Senator Sullivan Senator Warren
Senator Cruz Senator Peters
Senator Sasse  

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Subcommittee on Cybersecurity

  • Responsibilities: Policies and programs related to cyber forces and capabilities.
  • Oversight of budget accounts: Information Technology base RDT&E; cyber-related operational test and evaluation; RDT&E and procurement supporting cyber capabilities; combating cyber threats and attacks; cyber-related train and equip programs.
  • Oversight of DOD offices: Principal Advisor on Military Cyber Force Matters.
  • Oversight of DOD commands and agencies: U.S. Cyber Command; the cyber capabilities of the DoD components, commands, and agencies.
Senator Rounds, Chairman Senator Nelson, Ranking Member
Senator Fischer Senator McCaskill
Senator Perdue Senator Gillibrand
Senator Graham Senator Blumenthal
Senator Sasse  

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Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities

  • Responsibilities: Policies and programs related to science and technology, special operations, intelligence, counterterrorism, security cooperation, strategic and information operations, countering weapons of mass destruction, and homeland defense.
  • Oversight of budget accounts: Technology base RDT&E; operational test and evaluation; RDT&E and procurement supporting special operations and low-intensity conflict capabilities;  peacekeeping operations; chemical and biological warfare defense; chemical demilitarization; and security cooperation programs, including counternarcotics.
  • Oversight of DOD offices: Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering; Under Secretary of Defense (Intelligence); Assistant Secretary of Defense (Homeland Defense); Assistant Secretary of Defense (Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict); and Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering.
  • Oversight of DOD commands and agencies: Special Operations Command; Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency; Defense Security Cooperation Agency; National Security Agency; Defense Intelligence Agency; National Reconnaissance Office; and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.
Senator Ernst, Chairman Senator Heinrich, Ranking Member
Senator Wicker Senator Nelson
Senator Fischer Senator Shaheen
Senator Perdue Senator Peters
Senator Cruz  

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Subcommittee on Personnel

  • Responsibilities: Military and DOD civilian personnel policies; end strengths for military personnel; military personnel compensation and benefits; military health care; and military nominations.
  • Special additional areas: Professional Military Education; DOD schools; DOD child care and family assistance; Civil-military programs; POW/MIA issues; Armed Forces Retirement Home; Morale, Welfare and Recreation; and military commissaries and exchanges.
  • Oversight of budget accounts: Military personnel; military retirement; Defense Health Program; DOD Medicare-Eligible Retiree Health Care Fund; and operation and maintenance for certain education and civil-military programs.
  • Oversight of DOD offices: Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel & Readiness); Assistant Secretary of Defense (Manpower & Reserve Affairs); Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs); Assistant Secretary of Defense (Readiness).
  • Oversight of DOD agencies: Defense Health Agency; Defense Commissary Agency; and Defense Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Agency.
Senator Tillis, Chairman Senator Gillibrand, Ranking Member
Senator Ernst Senator McCaskill
Senator Graham Senator Warren
Senator Sasse  

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Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support

  • Responsibilities: Military readiness including training, logistics, and maintenance; military construction; housing construction and privatization; contracting and acquisition policy; business and financial management; base realignment and closure; and defense energy and environmental programs.
  • Special additional areas: Conventional ammunition procurement; RDT&E infrastructure; National Defense Stockpile; defense industrial and technology base policies; facility and housing maintenance and repair; land and property management; information technology management policy (excluding cyber); and industrial operations, including depots, shipyards, arsenals, and ammunition plants.
  • Oversight of budget accounts: Operation and maintenance; RDT&E support programs; conventional ammunition procurement; military construction and family housing; base realignment and closure; working capital funds; the National Defense Stockpile Transaction Fund.
  • Oversight of DoD offices: Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics)*; Department of Defense Deputy Chief Management Officer; and the Chief Management Officers of the military departments.
  • Oversight of DOD agencies and commands: U.S. Transportation Command; Defense Logistics Agency; Defense Finance and Accounting Service; Defense Investigative Service; Defense Contract Audit Agency; DOD Inspector General.
Senator Inhofe, Chairman Senator Kaine, Ranking Member
Senator Rounds Senator Shaheen
Senator Ernst Senator Hirono
Senator Perdue  
Senator Strange  

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Subcommittee on Seapower 

  • Responsibilities: Navy and Marine Corps programs.
  • Special additional areas: Maritime issues.
  • Oversight of budget accounts: Navy and Marine Corps procurement and RDT&E; National Sea-Based Deterrence Fund; and National Defense Sealift Fund.
Senator Wicker, Chairman Senator Hirono, Ranking Member
Senator Cotton Senator Shaheen
Senator Rounds Senator Blumenthal
Senator Tillis Senator Kaine
Senator Sullivan Senator King
Senator Strange  

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Subcommittee on Strategic Forces

  • Responsibilities: Nuclear and strategic forces; arms control and non-proliferation programs; space programs; Department of Energy defense nuclear, and defense environmental management programs; and ballistic missile defense.
  • Oversight of budget accounts: Procurement and RDT&E for DOD nuclear and strategic forces, missile defense, space systems, Department of Energy defense and non-proliferation programs.
  • Oversight of DOD and DOE officials Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Chemical and Biological Defense Programs; National Nuclear Security Administration; and Assistant Secretary of Energy (Environmental Management).
  • Oversight of agencies, commands, and activities: U.S. Strategic Command; space commands of the military departments; Missile Defense Agency; National Nuclear Security Administration; and Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board; Defense Threat Reduction Agency.
Senator Fischer, Chairman Senator Donnelly, Ranking Member
Senator Inhofe Senator Heinrich
Senator Cotton Senator Warren
Senator Sullivan Senator Peters
Senator Cruz  
Senator Graham  

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Note: Senator McCain and Senator Reed, as Chairman and Ranking member of the Armed Services Committee, serve as ex-officio (non-voting) members of all Subcommittees.
*On February 1, 2018, Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics) will be replaced by Undersecretary of Defense (Acquisition and Sustainment) and Undersecretary of Defense (Research and Engineering).  Oversight of these two offices will fall to the Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support, and the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, respectively.