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United States House Committee on Armed Services

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House Armed Services Committee
Standing committee

United States House of Representatives
118th Congress
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FormedAugust 2, 1946
PrecededCommittee on Military Affairs, Committee on Naval Affairs
Formerly known asCommittee on National Security
ChairMike Rogers (R)
Since January 3, 2023
Ranking memberAdam Smith (D)
Since January 3, 2023
Vice chairRob Wittman (R)
Since January 25, 2023[1]
Political partiesMajority (31)
  •   Republican (31)
Minority (28)
Policy areasDefense policy, military operations
Oversight authorityDepartment of Defense, Armed Forces, Department of Energy (partly)
Senate counterpartSenate 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.[2]


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.[3]


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.[4] 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, 118th Congress[edit]

Majority Minority

Resolutions electing members: H.Res. 14 (Chair), H.Res. 15 (Ranking Member), H.Res. 79 (D), H.Res. 80 (R), H.Res. 164 (D), H.Res. 205 (D), H.Res. 913 (R)


Subcommittee Chair[5] Ranking Member[6]
Cyber, Innovative Technologies and Information Systems Don Bacon (R-NE) Ro Khanna (D-CA)
Intelligence and Special Operations Jack Bergman (R-MI) Ruben Gallego (D-AZ)
Military Personnel Jim Banks (R-IN) Andy Kim (D-NJ)
Readiness Michael Waltz (R-FL) John Garamendi (D-CA)
Seapower and Projection Forces Trent Kelly (R-MS) Joe Courtney (D-CT)
Strategic Forces Doug Lamborn (R-CO) Seth Moulton (D-MA)
Tactical Air and Land Forces Rob Wittman (R-VA) Donald Norcross (D-NJ)

Historical membership rosters[edit]

114th Congress[edit]

Majority[7] Minority[8]

115th Congress[edit]

Majority[9] Minority[10]

116th Congress[edit]

Majority Minority

Resolutions electing members: H.Res. 24 (Chair), H.Res. 25 (Ranking Member), H.Res. 42 (D), H.Res. 68 (R), H.Res. 712 (D)

117th Congress[edit]

Majority Minority

Resolutions electing members: H.Res. 9 (Chair), H.Res. 10 (Ranking Member), H.Res. 62 (D), H.Res. 63 (R), H.Res. 384 (D), H.Res. 1347 (D)

Subcommittee[11] Chair Ranking Member
Cyber, Innovative Technologies and Information Systems James 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)

Chairmen since 1947[edit]

Chairman Party State Years
Walter G. Andrews Republican New York 1947–1949
Carl Vinson Democratic Georgia 1949–1953
Dewey J. Short Republican Missouri 1953–1955
Carl Vinson Democratic Georgia 1955–1965
L. Mendel Rivers Democratic South Carolina 1965–1970
Philip J. Philbin Democratic Massachusetts 1970–1971
F. Edward Hébert Democratic Louisiana 1971–1975
Melvin Price Democratic Illinois 1975–1985
Les Aspin Democratic Wisconsin 1985–1993
Ron Dellums Democratic California 1993–1995
Floyd Spence Republican South Carolina 1995–2001
Bob Stump Republican Arizona 2001–2003
Duncan Hunter Republican California 2003–2007
Ike Skelton Democratic Missouri 2007–2011
Buck McKeon Republican California 2011–2015
Mac Thornberry Republican Texas 2015–2019
Adam Smith Democratic Washington 2019–2023
Mike Rogers Republican Alabama 2023–present


  1. ^ "Wittman Named Vice Chairman of Armed Services Committee, Chairman of Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee for 118th Congress". January 25, 2023. Retrieved September 3, 2023.
  2. ^ "History of the NDAA". February 3, 2017.
  3. ^ "Jurisdiction and Rules". Armed Services Republicans. January 6, 2014. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ "ROGERS WELCOMES MEMBERS TO HASC FOR 118TH CONGRESS". Armed Services Republicans. January 25, 2023. Retrieved January 27, 2023.
  6. ^ "Rogers, Smith Announce Subcommittee Rosters for 118th Congress". House Armed Services Committee - Democrats. February 1, 2023. Retrieved February 2, 2023.
  7. ^ H.Res. 6, H.Res. 29
  8. ^ H.Res. 7, H.Res. 30
  9. ^ H.Res. 6, H.Res. 36
  10. ^ H.Res. 7, H.Res. 45, H.Res. 95
  11. ^ "Smith, Langevin Announce New Subcommittee for the 117th Congress". February 3, 2021.

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