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Encyclopedia > U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services

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 Reorginization Act of 1946 following US victory in the Second World War. It merged the responsibilities of the Senate Naval Affairs Committee (established in 1816) and the Senate Military Affairs Committee (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. Seal of the Senate The United States Senate is one of the two chambers of the Congress of the United States, the other being the House of Representatives. ... The United States Department of Defense, abbreviated as DoD or DOD and sometimes called the Defense Department is a civilian Cabinet organization of the United States government. ... The phrase research and development (also R and D or R&D) has a special commercial significance apart from its conventional coupling of research and technological development. ... See also Nuclear power for the commercial production of electricty from nuclear energy. ... Security measures taken to protect the Houses of Parliament in London, England. ... This article is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Mushroom cloud from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rising 18 km into the air. ... 1816 was a leap year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... 1816 was a leap year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... For the generic term for a high-tension struggle between countries, see cold war (war). ... -1... 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ...


The committee was created in 1947 by the merger of the Military Affairs and Naval Affairs committees. 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ...

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Members, 109th Congress

The Committee is chaired by Republican John Warner of Virginia, and the Ranking Minority Member is Democrat Carl Levin, of Michigan. The 109th United States Congress is the current meeting of the United States legislature, comprised of the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... John William Warner (born February 18, 1927) is an American statesman and politician, who served as Secretary of the Navy from 1972-1974 and has served as a Republican senator from Virginia since 1979. ... State nickname: Old Dominion Official languages English Capital Richmond Largest city Virginia Beach Governor Mark R. Warner (D) Tim Kaine (D-Governor Elect) Senators John Warner (R) George Allen (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 35th 110,862 km² 7. ... Ranking member, in American politics, is a term used to refer to the member of a committee in Congress who is the longest-serving member of the party not in the majority (the longest-serving member of the majority is the chairman). ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Carl Milton Levin (born June 28, 1934) is a Democratic United States Senator from Michigan. ... State nickname: The Wolverine State, The Great Lakes State Official languages English de-facto Capital Lansing Largest city Detroit Governor Jennifer Granholm (D) Senators Carl Levin (D) Debbie Stabenow (D) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 11th 96,889 mi² / 250,941 km² 41. ...


Republicans

John William Warner (born February 18, 1927) is an American statesman and politician, who served as Secretary of the Navy from 1972-1974 and has served as a Republican senator from Virginia since 1979. ... State nickname: Old Dominion Official languages English Capital Richmond Largest city Virginia Beach Governor Mark R. Warner (D) Tim Kaine (D-Governor Elect) Senators John Warner (R) George Allen (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 35th 110,862 km² 7. ... John Sidney McCain III (born August 29, 1936) is an American politician. ... State nickname: The Grand Canyon State, The Copper State Official languages English Capital Phoenix Largest city Phoenix Governor Janet Napolitano (D) Senators John McCain (R) Jon Kyl (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 6th 295,254 km² 0. ... James Mountain Inhofe, usually known as Jim Inhofe (born November 17, 1934) is an American politician from Oklahoma. ... Oklahoma is a state in the southern United States, lying mostly in the lower Great Plains, and its U.S. postal abbreviation is OK; others abbreviate the states name Okla. ... Charles Patrick Roberts (born April 20, 1936) is a United States Senator from Kansas. ... State nickname: The Sunflower State Official languages None Capital Topeka Largest city Wichita Governor Kathleen Sebelius (D) Senators Sam Brownback (R) Pat Roberts (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 15th 82,277 mi²; 213,096 km² 0. ... Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III (born December 24, 1946) is the junior United States Senator from Alabama. ... State nickname: Camellia State, The Heart of Dixie¹, Yellowhammer State Official languages English Capital Montgomery Largest city Birmingham Governor Bob Riley (R) Senators Richard Shelby (R) Jeff Sessions (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 30th 52,423 mi²/135,775 km² 3. ... Susan Margaret Collins (born December 7, 1952 in Caribou, Maine) is the junior U.S. Senator from Maine and a Republican. ... State nickname: The Pine Tree State Official languages None Capital Augusta Largest city Portland Governor John Baldacci (D) Senators Olympia Snowe (R) Susan Collins (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 39th 86,542 km² 13. ... John Eric Ensign (born March 25, 1958) is the junior United States Senator from Nevada. ... State nickname: Silver State, Battle Born State (official) Official languages None Capital Carson City Largest city Las Vegas Governor Kenny Guinn (R) Senators Harry Reid (D) John Ensign (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 7th 286,367 km² 0. ... James Matthes Jim Talent (born October 18, 1956) is an American politician, the junior Senator from Missouri. ... State nickname: The Show Me State Official languages English Capital Jefferson City Largest city Kansas City (largest metropolitan area is Saint Louis) Governor Matt Blunt (R) Senators Kit Bond (R) Jim Talent (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 21st 69,709 mi²; 180,693 km² 1. ... Clarence Saxby Chambliss (born November 10, 1943) is the senior United States Senator from Georgia. ... Lindsey Olin Graham (born July 9, 1955) is an American politician from South Carolina. ... State nickname: Palmetto State Official languages English Capital Columbia Largest city Columbia Governor Mark Sanford (R) Senators Lindsey Graham (R) Jim DeMint (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 40th 82,965 km² 6 Population  - Total (2000)  - Density Ranked 26th 4,012,012 51. ... Elizabeth Hanford Liddy Dole (born July 29, 1936) was elected to the United States Senate in 2002 to represent North Carolina for a term ending in 2009. ... State nickname: Tar Heel State; Old North State Official languages English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Governor Michael Easley (D) Senators Elizabeth Dole (R) Richard Burr (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 28th 139,509 km² 9. ... John Cornyn III (born February 2, 1952) is the junior United States Senator from Texas. ... ... bastard ... State nickname: The Mount Rushmore State Official languages English Capital Pierre Largest city Sioux Falls Governor Mike Rounds (R) Senators Tim Johnson (D) John Thune (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 17th 199,905 km² 1. ...

Democrats

Carl Milton Levin (born June 28, 1934) is a Democratic United States Senator from Michigan. ... State nickname: The Wolverine State, The Great Lakes State Official languages English de-facto Capital Lansing Largest city Detroit Governor Jennifer Granholm (D) Senators Carl Levin (D) Debbie Stabenow (D) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 11th 96,889 mi² / 250,941 km² 41. ... Edward Kennedy Edward Moore Ted Kennedy, (born February 22, 1932, in Brookline, Massachusetts) is a Democratic U.S. senator from Massachusetts. ... State nickname: Bay State Official languages English Capital Boston Largest city Boston Governor Mitt Romney (R) Senators Edward Kennedy (D), John Kerry (D) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 44th 27,360 km² 25. ... Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: Robert Byrd Robert Carlyle Byrd (born November 20, 1917) is a West Virginia Democrat serving in the United States Senate. ... State nickname: Mountain State Official languages English Capital Charleston Largest city Charleston Governor Joe Manchin (D) Senators Robert Byrd (D) Jay Rockefeller (D) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 41st 62,809 km² 0. ... Joseph Isadore Lieberman (born February 24, 1942) is a Jewish-American Democratic politician and a current U.S. senator from Connecticut. ... State nickname: The Constitution State Official languages English Capital Hartford Largest city Bridgeport Governor M. Jodi Rell (R) Senators Chris Dodd (D) Joe Lieberman (D) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 48th 14,371 km² 12. ... John Francis Jack Reed (b. ... State nickname: The Ocean State, Little Rhody Official languages None Capital Providence Largest city Providence Governor Donald Carcieri (R) Senators Jack Reed (D) Lincoln Chafee (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 50th 4,005 km² 32. ... Daniel Kahikina Akaka (born September 11, 1924) is a U.S. Senator from Hawaii and a member of the Democratic Party. ... State nickname: The Aloha State Official languages Hawaiian and English Capital Honolulu Largest city Honolulu Governor Linda Lingle (R) Senators Daniel Inouye (D) Daniel Akaka (D) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 43rd 28,337 km² 41. ... Clarence William Nelson (born September 29, 1942) is the senior U.S. Senator from Florida. ... State nickname: Sunshine State Official languages English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Governor Jeb Bush (R) Senators Bill Nelson (D) Mel Martinez (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 22nd 170,451 km² 17. ... Earl Benjamin Nelson (born May 17, 1941 in McCook, Nebraska) is an American politician from Nebraska, where he was born and has lived for most of his life. ... State nickname: Cornhusker State Official languages English Capital Lincoln Largest city Omaha Governor Dave Heineman (R) Senators Chuck Hagel (R) Ben Nelson (D) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 16th 200,520 km² 0. ... Mark B. Dayton (born January 26, 1947) is a Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party US Senator from Minnesota who took office in 2001. ... State nickname: North Star State, The Land of 10,000 Lakes, The Gopher State Official languages None Capital Saint Paul Largest city Minneapolis Governor Tim Pawlenty (R) Senators Mark Dayton (D) Norm Coleman (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 12th 225,365 km² 8. ... Birch Evans Evan Bayh III (born December 26, 1955) is an American politician who has served as a U.S. Senator from Indiana since 1999 and a former Governor of Indiana. ... State nickname: The Hoosier State Official languages English Capital Indianapolis Largest city Indianapolis Governor Mitch Daniels (R) Senators Richard Lugar (R) Evan Bayh (D) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 38th 94,321 km² 1. ... Hillary Rodham Clinton (born Hillary Diane Rodham on October 26, 1947) is the junior United States Senator from New York, serving her freshman term since January 3, 2001. ... State nickname: The Empire State Official languages English Capital Albany Largest city New York City Governor George Pataki (R) Senators Charles Schumer (D) Hillary Clinton (D) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 27th 141,205 km² 13. ...

Subcommittees

The Committee on Armed Services is divided into six subcommittees. Each subcommittee is chaired by a Republican who is not permitted to also chair the full committee. Each subcommittee also has a ranking Democrat opposition leader.


Subcommittee on Airland

This subcommittee has jurisdiction over army and air force operations, bases and appropriations. It is chaired by John McCain, (R-AZ) and its ranking Democrat is Joseph I. Lieberman, (D-CT). John Sidney McCain III (born August 29, 1936) is an American politician. ... Joseph Isadore Lieberman (born February 24, 1942) is a Jewish-American Democratic politician and a current U.S. senator from Connecticut. ...


Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities

Established in 1999, this subcommittee focuses on nontraditional threats, such as terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. It is chaired by John Cornyn, (R-TX) and its ranking Democrat is Jack Reed, (D-RI) Terrorism is not defined. ... Weapons of mass destruction (WMD) generally include nuclear, biological, chemical and, increasingly, radiological weapons. ... John Cornyn III (born February 2, 1952) is the junior United States Senator from Texas. ... John Francis Jack Reed (b. ...


Subcommittee on Personnel

This subcommittee has oversight on all matters relating to active and reserve military personnel, including pay rates, benefits, training programs, and military justice. It is chaired by Lindsey Graham, (R-SC) and its ranking Democrat is E. Benjamin Nelson, (D-NE). Lindsey Olin Graham (born July 9, 1955) is an American politician from South Carolina. ... Earl Benjamin Nelson (born May 17, 1941) is an American politician from Nebraska, where he was born and has lived for most of his life. ...


Subcommittee on Seapower

This subcommittee has oversight on all matters relating to the United States Navy and Navy Reserve forces. It is chaired by James M. Talent, (R-MO) and its ranking Democrat is Edward M. Kennedy, (D-MA) The United States Navy (USN) is the branch of the United States armed forces responsible for naval operations. ... The United States Navy Reserve is the reserve component of the United States Navy. ... James Matthes Jim Talent (born October 18, 1956) is an American politician, the junior Senator from Missouri. ... Edward Kennedy Edward Moore Ted Kennedy, (born February 22, 1932, in Brookline, Massachusetts) is a Democratic U.S. senator from Massachusetts. ...


Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support

This subcommittee's jurisdiction includes military readiness, logistics, environmental issues, business operations and working capital funds, real property maintenance, military construction, base realignment and closure, Armed Forces Retirement Home, readiness procurement and depots and shipyards. It is chaired by John Ensign (R-NV) and its ranking Democrat is Daniel Akaka (D-HI). John Eric Ensign (born March 25, 1958) is the junior United States Senator from Nevada. ... Daniel Kahikina Akaka (born September 11, 1924) is a U.S. Senator from Hawaii and a member of the Democratic Party. ...


Subcommittee on Strategic Forces

This subcommittee oversees legislation relating to nuclear weapons, national defense and nuclear detterrance. It is chaired by Jeff Sessions, (R-AL) and its ranking Democrat is Bill Nelson, (D-FL). The mushroom cloud of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan, 1945, rose some 18 km (11 mi) above the epicenter. ... Any activity or effort performed to protect a nation against attack or other threats. ... Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III (born December 24, 1946) is the junior United States Senator from Alabama. ... Clarence William Nelson (born September 29, 1942) is the senior U.S. Senator from Florida. ...


Chairmen

Chairmen of the Senate Committee on Military Affairs, 1816-1947

  • John Williams (R-TN) 1816-1817
  • George M. Tghgfhgfdroup (R-GA) 1817-1818
  • Thomas Hart Benton (D-MO) 1845-1849

fg235465] (R-NY) 1919-1927 John Williams (1778–1837) was an American lawyer, soldier, and statesman from Knoxville, Tennessee. ...

n-GA) 1816-1818 David Aiken Reed (December 21, 1880–February 10, 1953) was an American lawyer and Republican party politician from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... John Morris Sheppard (May 28, 1875 - April 9, 1941) was a United States Congressman and a Senaor from Texas. ... Robert Rice Reynolds (18 June 1884 - 13 February 1963) was a Democratic U.S. senator from the state of North Carolina between 1932 and 1945. ...

4533466565) 1839-1841 Nathan Sanford (November 5, 1777–October 17, 1838) was an American statesman. ... James Pleasants (1769–1836) was an American politician who served in the U.S. Senate from 1819 to 1822 and was the governor of Virginia from 1822 to 1825. ... James Lloyd may refer to: James Lloyd (United Kingdom), actor James Tilghman Lloyd (Missouri), U.S. Congressman James Lloyd (Maryland), U.S. Senator James Lloyd (Massachusetts), U.S. Senator James Fredrick Lloyd (California), U.S. Congressman James Lloyd (Artist) 1905-1974 This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which...

545545564(D-CA) 1851-1855 tryttttytytyttr1-1864 Willie Person Mangum (May 10, 1792–September 7, 1861) was a U.S. Senator from the state of North Carolina between 1831 and 1836 and between 1840 and 1853. ... David Levy Yulee was the first Jewish American U.S. Senator. ...

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John Rhoderic McPherson (born May 9, 1833 in Livingston County, New York, died October 8, 1897 in Jersey City, New Jersey) was a United States Senator from New Jersey who served three terms of office, from 1877 - 1895. ... James Donald Cameron (May 14, 1833–August 30, 1918) was an American politician. ... James Donald Cameron (May 14, 1833–August 30, 1918) was an American politician. ... George Clement Perkins (August 23, 1839–February 26, 1923) was Governor of California from January 8, 1880 to January 10, 1883. ... Benjamin Tillman Benjamin Ryan Tillman (August 11, 1847 - July 3, 1918) was an American politician who served as governor of South Carolina from 1890 to 1894 and as a United States Senator from 1895 until his death. ... Claude Augustus Swanson (March 31, 1862–July 7, 1939) was an American politician. ... Park Trammell (April 9, 1876 - May 8, 1936) was the twenty-first governor of Florida and U.S. Senator. ... David Ignatius Walsh (November 11, 1872 - June 11, 1947) was a United States politician from Massachusetts. ...

Chairmen of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, 1947-present

Millard Evelyn Tydings (April 6, 1890-February 9, 1961) was an attorney, author, soldier, state legislator, and served as a Representative and Senator in the United States Congress from Maryland. ... A statue of Russell is placed in the rotunda of the Russell Senate Office Building. ... Leverett Saltonstall (September 1, 1892 – June 17, 1979) was an American politician who served as Governor of Massachusetts (1939 - 1945) and as a United States Senator (1945 - 1967). ... A statue of Russell is placed in the rotunda of the Russell Senate Office Building. ... Sen. ... John Tower John Goodwin Tower (September 29, 1925 – April 5, 1991) was a conservative Republican United States Senator from Houston, Texas. ... Barry Goldwater Barry Morris Goldwater (January 1, 1909 – May 29, 1998) was a United States politician and a founding figure in the modern conservative movement in the USA as well as being a major inspiration for many of his youthful followers to join the libertarian movement. ... Sam Nunn Samuel Augustus Nunn (born September 8, 1938) is co-chairman and chief executive officer of the NTI (Nuclear Threat Initiative), a charitable organization working to reduce the global threats from nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. ... James Strom Thurmond (December 5, 1902 – June 26, 2003) represented South Carolina in the United States Senate from 1954 to April 1956 and November 1956 to 1964 as a Democrat and from 1964 to 2003 as a Republican. ... John William Warner (born February 18, 1927) is an American statesman and politician, who served as Secretary of the Navy from 1972-1974 and has served as a Republican senator from Virginia since 1979. ... Carl Milton Levin (born June 28, 1934) is a Democratic United States Senator from Michigan. ... John William Warner (born February 18, 1927) is an American statesman and politician, who served as Secretary of the Navy from 1972-1974 and has served as a Republican senator from Virginia since 1979. ... Carl Milton Levin (born June 28, 1934) is a Democratic United States Senator from Michigan. ... John William Warner (born February 18, 1927) is an American statesman and politician, who served as Secretary of the Navy from 1972-1974 and has served as a Republican senator from Virginia since 1979. ...

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