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New Leadership Announced for Senate Subcommittees Responsible for Nuclear Strategic Forces, CBRN Security

The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) appoints new leadership for the 117th Congress. Photo credit: Joe Legros

Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) Chairman Jack Reed (D-RI) and Ranking Member Jim Inhofe (R-OK) announced the subcommittee assignments for the 117th Congress on Feb 16, including the top Democrat and Republican for each subcommittee. 

“The Senate Armed Services Committee has twenty-six members, seven subcommittees, and one goal: providing for the common defense with strong oversight and accountability.  We are pleased to welcome several new subcommittee Chairs and Ranking Members.  Together, we will continue our proud bipartisan tradition of working together to provide our brave service men and women and their families with the resources they need to defend our nation and uphold our shared values,” said Chairman Reed and Ranking Member Inhofe in a joint statement.

The SASC subcommittee Chairs, Ranking Members, and rosters for the remainder of the 117th Congress are as follows, with members listed in order of subcommittee seniority:


(12 members)
Chairman: Sen. Angus King (I-ME)
Ranking Member: Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE)

Responsibilities: Nuclear and strategic forces; arms control and non-proliferation programs; space programs; Department of Energy defense nuclear and defense environmental management programs; and 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 (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; U.S. Space Command, U.S. Space Force as well as other components of the military departments; Space Development Agency; Missile Defense Agency; National Nuclear Security Administration; Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board; and Defense Threat Reduction Agency.

Subcommittee Members:
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ)
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD), Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL)

Note: Senator Reed and Senator Inhofe, as Chairman and Ranking Member of the Armed Services Committee, serve as ex-officio (non-voting) members of all subcommittees.


(12 members)
Chairman: Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ)
Ranking Member: Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA)

Responsibilities: Policies and programs related to science and technology, special operations, intelligence, counterterrorism, security cooperation, strategic communications 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 counter-narcotics.
Oversight of DOD offices: Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering; Under Secretary of Defense (Intelligence); Assistant Secretary of Defense (Homeland Defense and Global Security); and Assistant Secretary of Defense (Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict).
Oversight of DOD commands and agencies: U.S. 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.

Subcommittee Members:
Sen.Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE), Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL), Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL)

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