Capital Building

House Committee On Armed Services

Committee Background

Year Established


Key Issues

Military and defense policy, counter-drug programs; national intelligence


Defense policy generally; ongoing military operations; the organization and reform of the Department of Defense and Department of Energy; military personnel; acquisition and industrial base policy; military readiness; detainee affairs and policy; national intelligence affairs Department of Energy nonproliferation programs; emerging threats; ballistic missile defense.

Major Legislation

National Defense Authorization Act (‘NDAA’)

Committee Leadership

Chairman Mac Thornberry (R - TX)
Ranking Mem. Adam Smith (D - WA)
Ranking Member

Vital Stats

Budget Authorization


Staff Levels
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