United States House Committee on Armed Services
United States House of Representatives
|Formed||August 2, 1946|
|Preceded||Committee on Military Affairs, Committee on Naval Affairs|
|Formerly known as||Committee on National Security|
|Chair||Adam Smith (D) |
Since January 3, 2019
|Ranking member||Mike Rogers (R) |
Since January 3, 2021
|Vice chair||Elaine Luria (D) |
Since January 3, 2021
|Political parties||Majority (31)
|Policy areas||Defense policy, military operations|
|Oversight authority||Department of Defense, Armed Forces, Department of Energy (partly)|
|Senate counterpart||Senate Armed Services Committee|
The U.S. House Committee on Armed Services, commonly known as the House Armed Services Committee or HASC, is a standing committee of the United States House of Representatives. It is responsible for funding and oversight of the Department of Defense (DoD) and the United States Armed Forces, as well as substantial portions of the Department of Energy. Its regular legislative product is the National Defense Authorization Act, which has been passed by Congress and signed into law each year since 1962.
The Armed Services Committee has jurisdiction over defense policy generally, ongoing military operations, the organization and reform of the Department of Defense and Department of Energy, counter-drug programs, acquisition and industrial base policy, technology transfer and export controls, joint interoperability, the Cooperative Threat Reduction program, Department of Energy nonproliferation programs, and detainee affairs and policy.
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The Armed Services Committee was created by the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946, which consolidated the functions of two predecessor committees: the Committee on Military Affairs and the Committee on Naval Affairs, which were established as standing committees in 1822. Another predecessor, the Committee on the Militia, was created in 1835 and existed until 1911 when it was abolished and its jurisdiction transferred to the Committee on Military Affairs. When Republicans took control of the House of Representatives in 1994, the committee was renamed the Committee on National Security. It was later renamed the Committee on Armed Services.
Members, 117th Congress
|Cyber, Innovative Technologies and Information Systems||Jim Langevin (D-RI)||Elise Stefanik (R-NY)|
|Intelligence and Special Operations||Ruben Gallego (D-AZ)||Trent Kelly (R-MS)|
|Military Personnel||Jackie Speier (D-CA)||Jim Banks (R-IN)|
|Readiness||John Garamendi (D-CA)||Mike Waltz (R-FL)|
|Seapower and Projection Forces||Joe Courtney (D-CT)||Rob Wittman (R-VA)|
|Strategic Forces||Jim Cooper (D-TN)||Doug Lamborn (R-CO)|
|Tactical Air and Land Forces||Donald Norcross (D-NJ)||Vicky Hartzler (R-MO)|
Historical membership rosters
Chairmen since 1947
|Walter G. Andrews||Republican||New York||1947–1949|
|Dewey J. Short||Republican||Missouri||1953–1955|
|L. Mendel Rivers||Democratic||South Carolina||1965–1970|
|Philip J. Philbin||Democratic||Massachusetts||1970–1971|
|F. Edward Hébert||Democratic||Louisiana||1971–1975|
|Floyd Spence||Republican||South Carolina||1995–2001|
- "History of the NDAA". February 3, 2017.
- "Jurisdiction and Rules". Armed Services Republicans. 2014-01-06. Retrieved 2017-04-07.
- Chapter 4. Records of the Armed Services Committee and Its Predecessors Guide to the Record of the U.S. House of Representatives at the National Archives, 1789-1989 (Record Group 233)
- "Smith, Langevin Announce New Subcommittee for the 117th Congress". February 3, 2021.
- H.Res. 6, H.Res. 29
- H.Res. 7, H.Res. 30
- H.Res. 6, H.Res. 36
- H.Res. 7, H.Res. 45, H.Res. 95