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Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) and former Chairman John Warner (R-VA) listen to Admiral Mike Mullen''s confirmation hearing before the Armed Services Committee to become Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in July 2007. The Armed Services Committee is the prime scene of discussion regarding U.S. military in the Senate.

The Committee on Armed Services 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.

  • 1 Jurisdiction
  • 2 Members, 113th Congress
  • 3 Subcommittees
  • 4 Chairmen
    • 4.1 Committee on Military Affairs, 1816–1947
    • 4.2 Committee on Naval Affairs, 1816–1947
    • 4.3 Committee on Armed Services, 1947–present
  • 5 See also
  • 6 Footnotes
  • 7 External links


According to the Senate Rules Committee, all proposed legislation, messages, petitions, memorials, and other matters relating to the following subjects are referred to the Armed Services Committee:

  • Aeronautical and space activities pertaining to or primarily associated with the development of weapons systems or military operations.
  • Common defense.
  • 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, 113th CongressIn June 2009, Armed Services Committee senators Joe Lieberman, Carl Levin (chair), and John McCain, listen to Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus deliver his opening remarks for the fiscal year 2010 budget request in June 2009. Majority Minority
    • James Inhofe, Oklahoma, Ranking Member
    • John McCain, Arizona
    • Jeff Sessions, Alabama
    • Saxby Chambliss, Georgia
    • Roger Wicker, Mississippi
    • Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire
    • Deb Fischer, Nebraska
    • Lindsey Graham, South Carolina
    • David Vitter, Louisiana
    • Roy Blunt, Missouri
    • Mike Lee, Utah
    • Ted Cruz, Texas

    Source: 2013 Congressional Record, Vol. 159, Page S296

    Subcommittees Subcommittee Name Chair Ranking Member
    Airland   Joe Manchin (D-WV)   Roger Wicker (R-MS)
    Emerging Threats and Capabilities   Kay Hagan (D-NC)   Deb Fischer (R-NE)
    Personnel   Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)   Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
    Readiness and Management Support   Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)   Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)
    Seapower   Jack Reed (D-RI)   John McCain (R-AZ)
    Strategic Forces   Mark Udall (D-CO)   Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
    Chairmen Committee on Military Affairs, 1816–1947 Chairman Party State Years
    John Williams DR TN 1816–1817
    George M. Troup DR GA 1817–1818
    John Williams DR TN 1818–1823
    Andrew Jackson DR TN 1823–1825
      William Henry Harrison NR OH 1825–1828
      Thomas Hart Benton D MO 1828–1841
    William Preston W SC 1841–1842
    John J. Crittenden W KY 1842–1845
      Thomas Hart Benton D MO 1845–1849
      Jefferson Davis D MS 1849–1851
      James Shields D IL 1851–1855
      John Weller D CA 1855–1857
      Jefferson Davis D MS 1857–1861
      Henry Wilson R MA 1861–1872
      John A. Logan R IL 1872–1877
      George E. Spencer R AL 1877–1879
      Theodore Randolph D NJ 1879–1881
      John A. Logan R IL 1881–1886
      Joseph R. Hawley R CT 1887–1893
      Edward Walthall D MS 1893–1895
      Joseph R. Hawley R CT 1895–1905
      Francis E. Warren R WY 1905–1911
      Henry A. du Pont R DE 1911–1913
      Joseph F. Johnston D AL 1913
      George E. Chamberlain D OR 1913–1919
      James W. Wadsworth, Jr. R NY 1919–1927
      David A. Reed R PA 1927–1933
      Morris Sheppard D TX 1933–1941
      Robert R. Reynolds D NC 1941–1945
      Elbert Thomas D UT 1945–1947
    Committee on Naval Affairs, 1816–1947 Chairman Party State Years
    Charles Tait DR GA 1816–1818
    Nathan Sanford DR NY 1818–1819
    James Pleasants DR VA 1819–1823
    James Lloyd F MA 1823–1825
      Robert Y. Hayne D SC 1825–1832
      George M. Dallas D PA 1832–1833
    Samuel Southard W NJ 1833–1836
      William C. Rives D VA 1836–1839
      Reuel Williams D ME 1839–1841
    Willie P. Mangum W NC 1841–1842
    Richard H. Bayard W DE 1842–1845
      John Fairfield D ME 1845–1847
      David Levy Yulee D FL 1847–1851
      William M. Gwin D CA 1851–1855
      Stephen Mallory D FL 1855–1861
      John P. Hale R NH 1861–1864
      James Grimes R IA 1864–1870
      Aaron Cragin R NH 1870–1877
      Aaron A. Sargent R CA 1877–1879
      John R. McPherson D NJ 1879–1881
      James Donald Cameron R PA 1881–1893
      John R. McPherson D NJ 1893–1895
      James Donald Cameron R PA 1895–1897
      Eugene Hale R ME 1897–1909
      George C. Perkins R CA 1909–1913
      Benjamin Tillman D SC 1913–1918
      Claude A. Swanson D VA 1918–1919
      Carroll S. Page R VT 1919–1923
      Frederick Hale R ME 1923–1933
      Park Trammell D FL 1933–1937
      David I. Walsh D MA 1937–1947
    Committee on Armed Services, 1947–present Chairman Party State Years
      Chan Gurney Republican South Dakota 1947–1949
      Millard E. Tydings Democratic Maryland 1949–1951
      Richard B. Russell Democratic Georgia 1951–1953
      Leverett Saltonstall Republican Massachusetts 1953–1955
      Richard B. Russell Democratic Georgia 1955–1969
      John C. Stennis Democratic Mississippi 1969–1981
      John Tower Republican Texas 1981–1984
      Barry Goldwater Republican Arizona 1985–1987
      Sam Nunn Democratic Georgia 1987–1995
      Strom Thurmond Republican South Carolina 1995–1999
      John Warner Republican Virginia 1999–2001
      Carl Levin Democratic Michigan 2001
      John Warner Republican Virginia 2001
      Carl Levin Democratic Michigan 2001–2003
      John Warner Republican Virginia 2003–2007
      Carl Levin Democratic Michigan 2007–present

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