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United States Senate Committee on Armed Services

File:United States Senate Committee on Armed Services, Levin D-MI & Warner R-VA, 7-31-2007.jpg
Then-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.

Jurisdiction

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:[1]

  1. Aeronautical and space activities pertaining to or primarily associated with the development of weapons systems or military operations.
  2. Common defense.
  3. Department of Defense, the Department of the Army, the Department of the Navy, and the Department of the Air Force, generally.
  4. Maintenance and operation of the Panama Canal, including administration, sanitation, and government of the Canal Zone.
  5. Military research and development.
  6. National security aspects of nuclear energy.
  7. Naval petroleum reserves, except those in Alaska.
  8. Pay, promotion, retirement, and other benefits and privileges of members of the Armed Forces, including overseas education of civilian and military dependents.
  9. Selective service system.
  10. Strategic and critical materials necessary for the common defense.

Members, 114th Congress

File:US Navy 090604-N-5549O-031 U.S. Senators Joe Lieberman, left, Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and John McCain listen to Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Ray Mabus.jpg
In 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

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

Subcommittees

Subcommittee Name Chair Ranking Member
Airland   Tom Cotton (R-AR)   Joe Manchin (D-WV)
Emerging Threats and Capabilities   Deb Fischer (R-NE)   Bill Nelson (D-FL)
Personnel   Lindsey Graham (R-SC)   Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Readiness and Management Support   Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)   Tim Kaine (D-VA)
Seapower   Roger Wicker (R-MS)   Mazie Hirono (D-HI)
Strategic Forces   Jeff Sessions (R-AL)   Joe Donnelly (D-IN)

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

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William Henry Harrison NR OH 1825–1828

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Thomas Hart Benton D MO 1828–1841
William Preston W SC 1841–1842
John J. Crittenden W KY 1842–1845

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Thomas Hart Benton D MO 1845–1849

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Jefferson Davis D MS 1849–1851

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James Shields D IL 1851–1855

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John Weller D CA 1855–1857

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Jefferson Davis D MS 1857–1861

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Henry Wilson R MA 1861–1872

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John A. Logan R IL 1872–1877

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George E. Spencer R AL 1877–1879

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Theodore Randolph D NJ 1879–1881

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John A. Logan R IL 1881–1886

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Joseph R. Hawley R CT 1887–1893

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Edward Walthall D MS 1893–1895

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Joseph R. Hawley R CT 1895–1905

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Francis E. Warren R WY 1905–1911

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Henry A. du Pont R DE 1911–1913

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Joseph F. Johnston D AL 1913

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George E. Chamberlain D OR 1913–1919

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James W. Wadsworth, Jr. R NY 1919–1927

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David A. Reed R PA 1927–1933

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Morris Sheppard D TX 1933–1941

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Robert R. Reynolds D NC 1941–1945

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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

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Robert Y. Hayne D SC 1825–1832

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George M. Dallas D PA 1832–1833
Samuel Southard W NJ 1833–1836

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William C. Rives D VA 1836–1839

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Reuel Williams D ME 1839–1841
Willie P. Mangum W NC 1841–1842
Richard H. Bayard W DE 1842–1845

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John Fairfield D ME 1845–1847

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David Levy Yulee D FL 1847–1851

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William M. Gwin D CA 1851–1855

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Stephen Mallory D FL 1855–1861

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John P. Hale R NH 1861–1864

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James Grimes R IA 1864–1870

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Aaron Cragin R NH 1870–1877

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Aaron A. Sargent R CA 1877–1879

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John R. McPherson D NJ 1879–1881

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James Donald Cameron R PA 1881–1893

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John R. McPherson D NJ 1893–1895

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James Donald Cameron R PA 1895–1897

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Eugene Hale R ME 1897–1909

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George C. Perkins R CA 1909–1913

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Benjamin Tillman D SC 1913–1918

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Claude A. Swanson D VA 1918–1919

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Carroll S. Page R VT 1919–1923

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Frederick Hale R ME 1923–1933

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Park Trammell D FL 1933–1937

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David I. Walsh D MA 1937–1947

Committee on Armed Services, 1947–present

Chairman Party State Years

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Chan Gurney Republican South Dakota 1947–1949

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Millard E. Tydings Democratic Maryland 1949–1951

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Richard B. Russell Democratic Georgia 1951–1953

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Leverett Saltonstall Republican Massachusetts 1953–1955

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Richard B. Russell Democratic Georgia 1955–1969

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John C. Stennis Democratic Mississippi 1969–1981

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John Tower Republican Texas 1981–1984

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Barry Goldwater Republican Arizona 1985–1987

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Sam Nunn Democratic Georgia 1987–1995

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Strom Thurmond Republican South Carolina 1995–1999

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John Warner Republican Virginia 1999–2001

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Carl Levin Democratic Michigan 2001

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John Warner Republican Virginia 2001

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Carl Levin Democratic Michigan 2001–2003

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John Warner Republican Virginia 2003–2007

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Carl Levin Democratic Michigan 2007–2015

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John McCain Republican Arizona 2015-present

See also

Footnotes

  1. ^ Rule XXV: Committees, Standing Rules of the United States Senate.
  2. ^ Angus King is an independent, but caucuses with the Democrats.

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