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Committee on Armed Services (sometimes abbreviated SASC for Senate Armed Services Committee on its Web site) is a committee of the United States Senate empowered with legislative oversight of the nation's military, including the Department of Defense, military research and development, nuclear energy (as pertaining to national security), benefits for members of the military, the Selective Service System and other matters related to defense policy. The Armed Services Committee was created as a result of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946 following U.S. victory in the Second World War. It merged the responsibilities of the Committee on Naval Affairs (established in 1816) and the Committee on Military Affairs (also established in 1816).
Considered one of the most powerful Senate committees, its broad mandate allowed it to report some of the most extensive and revolutionary legislation during the
Cold War years, including the National Security Act of 1947. The committee tends to take a more bipartisan approach than other committees, as many of its members formerly served in the military or have major defense interests located in the states they come from. [1 ]
Jurisdiction [ edit ]
According to the
Standing Rules of the United States Senate, all proposed legislation, messages, petitions, memorials, and other matters relating to the following subjects are referred to the Armed Services Committee: [2 ]
Aeronautical and space activities pertaining to or primarily associated with the development of weapons systems or military operations.
Department of Defense, the Department of the Army, the Department of the Navy, and the Department of the Air Force, generally.
Maintenance and operation of the Panama Canal, including administration, sanitation, and government of the Canal Zone.
Military research and development.
National security aspects of nuclear energy.
Naval petroleum reserves, except those in Alaska.
Pay, promotion, retirement, and other benefits and privileges of members of the Armed Forces, including overseas education of civilian and military dependents.
Selective service system.
Strategic and critical materials necessary for the common defense.
Members, 114th Congress [ edit ]
In June 2009, Armed Services Committee senators
, listen to Secretary of the Navy
deliver his opening remarks for the fiscal year 2010 budget request in June 2009.
John McCain, Arizona, Chair
Jim Inhofe, Oklahoma
Jeff Sessions, Alabama
Roger Wicker, Mississippi
Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire
Deb Fischer, Nebraska
Tom Cotton, Arkansas
Mike Rounds, South Dakota
Joni Ernst, Iowa
Thom Tillis, North Carolina
Dan Sullivan, Alaska
Mike Lee, Utah
Lindsey Graham, South Carolina
Ted Cruz, Texas
Jack Reed, Rhode Island Ranking Member
Bill Nelson, Florida
Claire McCaskill, Missouri
Joe Manchin, West Virginia
Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire
Kirsten Gillibrand, New York
Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut
Joe Donnelly, Indiana
Mazie Hirono, Hawaii
Tim Kaine, Virginia
Angus King, Maine [3 ]
Martin Heinrich, New Mexico
2013 Vol. 159, Page Congressional Record, S296
Subcommittees [ edit ]
Chairmen [ edit ]
Committee on Military Affairs, 1816–1947 [ edit ]
Committee on Armed Services, 1947–present [ edit ]
See also [ edit ]
External links [ edit ]