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Senate Committee on Armed Services

Committee Background

Year Established


Key Issues

Military and defense policy, including military readiness; cybersecurity


Military operations; aeronautical and space weapons systems and military operations; maintenance and operation of the Panama Canal; military research and development; national security aspects of nuclear energy; naval petroleum reserves, except those in Alaska; pay, promotion, retirement, and other benefits of service members; overseas education of civilian and military dependents; selective service system

Major Legislation

National Defense Authorization Act (‘NDAA’)

Committee Leadership

Chair Jim Inhofe (R - OK)
Ranking Mem. Jack Reed (D - RI)
Ranking Member

Vital Stats

Budget Authorization


Staff Levels
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