Committee on Armed Services

Mac Thornberry

Washington Post: Defense Reform is about spending, but also about national security

2015/01/29

First hearing examines threats to America’s technological edge... Read More

A Case for Reform: Improving DOD’s Ability to Respond to the Pace of Technological Change

2015/01/28

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View Hearing Live Stream

2015/01/28

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Thornberry, Smith Announce Final Subcommittee Rosters

2015/01/28

Washington D.C. – House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry and Ranking Member Adam Smith today announced the final majority and minority members who will lead and serve on subcommittees for the 114th Congress.

Below are the members for the subcommittees in the 114th Congress:     

Emerging Threats and Capabilities

  • Mr. Wilson, Chairman
  • Mr. Kline
  • Mr. Shuster
  • Mr. Hunter
  • Mr. Nugent
  • Mr. Zinke
  • Mr. Franks
  • Mr. Lamborn
  • Mr. Brooks
  • Mr. Byrne
  • Ms. Stefanik

Minority Members

  • Mr. Langevin, Ranking Member
  • Mr. Cooper
  • Mr. Garamendi
  • Mr. Castro
  • Mr. Veasey
  • Mr. Norcross
  • Mr. Ashford
  • Mr. Aguilar

Military Personnel

  • Dr. Heck, Chairman
  • Mr. Jones
  • Mr. Kline
  • Mr. Coffman
  • Mr. MacArthur
  • Ms. Stefanik
  • Mr. Cook
  • Mr. Knight

Minority Members

  • Mrs. Davis, Ranking Member
  • Mr. Brady
  • Ms. Tsongas
  • Ms. Speier
  • Mr. Walz
  • Mr. O'Rourke

Oversight and Investigations

  • Mrs. Hartzler, Chairwoman
  • Mr. Miller
  • Mr. Conaway
  • Dr. Heck
  • Mr. Scott
  • Ms. McSally

Minority Members

  • Ms. Speier, Ranking Member
  • Mr. Cooper
  • Mr. Johnson
  • Ms. Graham

Readiness

  • Mr. Wittman, Chairman
  • Mr. Bishop
  • Mrs. Hartzler
  • Mr. Scott
  • Ms. Stefanik
  • Mr. LoBiondo
  • Mr. Rogers
  • Mr. Gibson
  • Mr. Palazzo
  • Mr. Nugent
  • Dr. Wenstrup
  • Mr. Graves

Minority Members

  • Ms. Bordallo, Ranking Member
  • Mrs. Davis
  • Mr. Courtney
  • Mr. Castro
  • Ms. Duckworth
  • Mr. Peters
  • Ms. Gabbard
  • Mr. O'Rourke
  • Mr. Gallego

Seapower and Projection Forces

  • Mr. Forbes, Chairman
  • Mr. Conaway
  • Mr. Palazzo
  • Mr. Byrne
  • Mr. Wittman
  • Mr. Hunter
  • Mrs. Hartzler
  • Mr. Cook
  • Mr. Bridenstine
  • Mrs. Walorski
  • Mr. Zinke
  • Mr. Knight

Minority Members

  • Mr. Courtney, Ranking Member
  • Mr. Langevin
  • Mr. Larsen
  • Ms. Bordallo
  • Mr. Johnson
  • Mr. Peters
  • Ms. Gabbard
  • Ms. Graham
  • Mr. Moulton

Strategic Forces

  • Mr. Rogers, Chairman
  • Mr. Franks
  • Mr. Lamborn
  • Mr. Coffman
  • Mr. Brooks
  • Mr. Bridenstine
  • Mr. Forbes
  • Mr. Bishop
  • Mr. Turner
  • Dr. Fleming

Minority Members

  • Mr. Cooper, Ranking Member
  • Ms. Sanchez
  • Mr. Larsen
  • Mr. Garamendi
  • Mr. Takai
  • Mr. Ashford
  • Mr. Aguilar

Tactical Air and Land Forces  

  • Mr. Turner, Chairman
  • Mr. LoBiondo
  • Dr. Fleming
  • Mr. Gibson
  • Mr. Cook
  • Dr. Wenstrup
  • Mrs. Walorski
  • Mr. Graves
  • Ms. McSally
  • Mr. Knight
  • Mr. MacArthur
  • Mr. Jones
  • Mr. Wilson

Minority Members

  • Ms. Sanchez, Ranking Member
  • Ms. Tsongas
  • Mr. Johnson
  • Ms. Duckworth
  • Mr. Veasey
  • Mr. Walz
  • Mr. Norcross
  • Mr. Gallego
  • Mr. Takai
  • Ms. Graham
  • Mr. Moulton
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READOUT: Thornberry Leads Roundtable On Islamic Extremism

2015/01/21

 

 

WASHINGTON- Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, hosted a closed roundtable today for committee members titled What is the State of Islamic Extremism: Key Trends, Challenges, and Implications for U.S. Policy.  

Briefers included:

  • General John Abizaid, USA (ret.) Former Commander, U.S. Central Command

  • Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, USA (ret.) Former Director, Defense Intelligence Agency

  • Dr. Marc Lynch, Professor, The George Washington University

Following the roundtable, Chairman Thornberry said:

“The threat from Islamic extremism is clearly on the rise, and all of us, including our allies,  must understand the stakes. We heard from a panel of experts who understand the nature of this complex threat and how to combat it.  It is clear that America and her partners need a comprehensive strategy to counter this extremist ideology.  The current approach is not working. 

"Last night the President spoke about smart power. But that power can't be wielded without American leadership. I agree that all elements of national power will be needed to defeat these jihadists.  Placing arbitrary limits on the tools we most need while failing to reassure allies that we will stay in this fight is not a formula for success. 

"The roundtable provided an insightful examination of the causes of terrorism and the threat posed by Islamic extremism. We can't just look nation-by-nation, but must develop a strategy that addresses the broader, underlying ideological trends fueling terrorism.  Until we see stronger U.S. leadership and more concerted action, the dangers to Americans and our interests will grow."

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Chairman Thornberry Highlights Critical National Security Challenges ahead of SOTU

2015/01/20

WASHINGTON- Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee made the following statement prior to the President's State of the Union address. 

“Tonight the President will inform Congress on the state of our union. It is my hope that he speaks to an area of concern for many Americans, one reflected in November’s election. Our national security, and the relative peace we earned after the Cold War, is in danger. 

“Consider that hours before the President’s remarks, the State Department issued a travel advisory for Libya and we learned of a potential terrorist coup in Yemen. It’s been a busy day for the Obama Doctrine. Reality has overtaken the wishful thinking on Pennsylvania Avenue. 
 
“President Obama has not adequately addressed our national security needs. He told us terrorism was on the run. He pulled back America’s presence in places like Iraq and restricted presence in Yemen. That's allowed much greater dangers to be pulled into that void. 

“Without US leadership, there is a vacuum that becomes a breeding ground for groups like ISIL and al Qaeda. In this case, Iran has also taken advantage of the vacuum supporting their proxies in the region and are taking advantage of the United States' failed policies in Yemen and the Middle East.

“The President’s premature withdrawal from Iraq help set the stage for ISIL. His restricted policy in Yemen set the stage for a terrorist surge. We’re hampered in our response to one crisis because we’re spending resources on another crisis. Both were preventable.

"The failure of our strategy in places like Yemen, Iraq, and Syria is what gives members who are concerned about the wide release of Guantanamo Bay detainees pause. I am encouraged that Members like Jackie Walorski are working with Senator Ayotte to take another look at transfer restrictions. 

"I hope the President now does what is necessary to protect America and her interests. He has a great opportunity to speak to that this evening."

 

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Congress has a unique and irreplaceable role in defending America

2015/01/20

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Washington Post: U.S. fight against jihadism has lost its momentum

2015/01/16


The U.S. fight against jihadism has lost its momentum
The Washington Post
Editorial Board
January 15, 2015
Key Excerpts Below 

"PRESIDENT OBAMA’S neglect of the anti-terrorism march in Paris seemed reflective of a broader loss of momentum by his administration in combating Islamic jihadism. Five months after the president launched military operations against the Islamic State, fighting in Iraq and Syria appears stalemated. The training of Iraqi army units for a hoped-for counteroffensive is proceeding slowly and, according to a report by The Post’s Loveday Morris, looks under-resourced......

".... elsewhere, the Obama administration appears to be passively standing by as jihadists expand their territory, recruitment and training. In Libya, the job of stemming an incipient civil war has been left to a feckless U.N. mediator, even though the Islamic State is known to be operating at least one training camp with hundreds of recruits. In Nigeria, where a new offensive by the Boko Haram movement has overrun much of one northeastern state, a U.S. military training program was recently canceled by the government following a dispute over arms sales.

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"In a speech last May, Mr. Obama identified terrorism as the greatest threat to the country and noted the decentralization of al-Qaeda to multiple theaters. Ruling out U.S. military involvement, he said his strategy would be to forge “a network of partnerships” with local forces and governments “from South Asia to the Sahel.” While the idea was mostly sound, the execution has been weak. There is, as a practical matter, no U.S. partnership in Libya, Nigeria or Syria. In other places, such as Iraq and Yemen, it is underpowered.

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"The attacks in Paris should motivate Mr. Obama to reinvigorate a war against al-Qaeda that appears to be dangerously stalled.

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MEDIA ALERT: THORNBERRY TO UNVEIL AGENDA IN AEI REMARKS

2015/01/16

 

THORNBERRY TO UNVEIL AGENDA IN AEI REMARKS

 

*****MEDIA ALERT*****

 

WASHINGTON- Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, will unveil his agenda for the Committee in remarks to the American Enterprise Institute on Tuesday, January 20th at 10:00 AM. His remarks will be followed by a conversation with AEI Senior Fellow and former Senator Jim Talent (R-MO).

WHAT: Chairman Thornberry’s Agenda Remarks at AEI
WHEN: Tuesday, January 20th, 10:00 AM
WHERE: AEI, 1150 Seventeenth Street, NW, 12th Floor

Media interested in covering the speech should contact AEI at MediaServices@aei.org  
202-862-5829 

You can read more about the event on AEI's website HERE

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Thornberry on GTMO Transfers: "The American People are Right to be Concerned"

2015/01/15

WASHINGTON-  Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, made the following statement on the latest transfer of terrorists from Guantanamo Bay:

"Once again the President is releasing terrorists into the world with little regard to the likelihood that they will re-enter the fight, or for the risk to our forces already in harm’s way.  The Administration may claim that safeguards are in place or that the track record of re-engagement is negligible; but those of us who read intelligence reports regularly have reason to be skeptical.  Let me be clear, these GTMO detainees put Americans at risk, and the American people are right to be concerned.  
  
"Action is needed to return sanity to this process. Senator Ayotte’s recent proposal is worthy of careful consideration.  The status quo of cutting terrorists loose with little assurance that they will not take up arms or plot and plan against us is more than foolish -- it’s dangerous. The President’s actions increase the risk to both our military and Americans everywhere."  

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Organizational Meeting for the 114th Congress

2015/01/14

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2015/01/13

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1. On HASC Website

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Chairman Thornberry: "America Stands With France"

2015/01/07

WASHINGTON - House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) made the following statement about the terrorist attack in Paris, France: 

"The French have bravely stood up in the fight against terrorists. Their soldiers have fought shoulder-to-shoulder with Americans in places like Afghanistan, Mali, and the Horn of Africa. And in the wake of this attack, America stands with France.

"We do so not just because the French are our friends and allies, but because it is important for the free world to stand together against those who seek to intimidate us. My thoughts and prayers are with those who lost loved ones in this cowardly ambush." Read More

Thornberry Announces Armed Services Subcommittee Chairmen For 114th Congress

2014/12/11

WASHINGTON- Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman-elect of the House Armed Services Committee today announced the appointment of subcommittee Chairmen for the 114th Congress.  

“Our subcommittees have an immense responsibility. We are fortunate to have a talented group of subcommittee chairmen.  They share a wealth of policy and Congressional expertise. All are up to the challenge of providing for the common defense, and meeting the high expectations of the US taxpayer.
 
“I am pleased to welcome both new and returning subcommittee chairmen to the Armed Services Committee."
 
The new subcommittee Chairmen for the House Armed Services Committee for the 114th Congress are as follows:
 
Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities – Rep. Joe Wilson, South Carolina (bio)
 
Seapower and Projection Forces – Rep. J. Randy Forbes, Virginia (bio)
 
Military Personnel – Rep. Joe Heck, Nevada (bio)
 
Tactical Air and Land Forces – Rep. Mike Turner, Ohio (bio)
 
Strategic Forces – Rep. Mike Rogers, Alabama (bio)
 
Readiness – Rep. Rob Wittman, Virginia (bio)
 
Oversight and Investigations- Rep. Vicky Hartzler, Missouri (bio Read More

Russian Arms Control Cheating and the Administration’s Responses

2014/12/10

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Chairman-Elect Thornberry Welcomes New Members To The House Armed Services Committee

2014/12/09

WASHINGTON—Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman-Elect of the House Armed Services Committee, today welcomed new majority members to the Committee.  Members are assigned to committees by the Steering Committee.  The assignments were announced today. 

"The Armed Services Committee has always taken its constitutional responsibilities to the country and to our men and women in uniform very seriously.  With the world growing more dangerous and a shrinking military, we have an enormous task ahead of us.  I am very impressed with the qualifications of the new members of the Committee and with their commitment to our national security.  I look forward to working with them and all members of the Committee on both sides of the aisle to meet the many challenges we face,” Thornberry said.

New Members:

Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO)

Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT)

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY)

Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ)

Rep. Steve Knight (R-CA)

Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ)

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FY2015 NDAA Summary 12/2/2014

2014/12/02


National Defense Panel Assessment of the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review

2014/12/02

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Hearing Video Stream

2014/12/02

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The Role of Maritime and Air Power in DoD’s Third Offset Strategy

2014/12/02

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Membership

Rob Bishop

UTAH's 1st DISTRICT

Jim Bridenstine

OKLAHOMA's 1st DISTRICT

Mo Brooks

ALABAMA's 5th DISTRICT

Bradley Byrne

ALABAMA's 1st DISTRICT

Mike Coffman

COLORADO's 6th DISTRICT

Michael Conaway

TEXAS' 11th DISTRICT

Paul Cook

CALIFORNIA's 8th DISTRICT

John Fleming

LOUISIANA's 4th DISTRICT

J. Randy Forbes

VIRGINIA's 4th DISTRICT

Trent Franks

ARIZONA's 8th DISTRICT

Chris Gibson

NEW YORK's 19th DISTRICT

Vicky Hartzler

MISSOURI's 4th DISTRICT

Joe Heck

NEVADA's 3rd DISTRICT

Duncan Hunter

CALIFORNIA's 50th DISTRICT

Walter Jones

NORTH CAROLINA's 3rd DISTRICT

John Kline

MINNESOTA's 2nd DISTRICT

Doug Lamborn

COLORADO's 5th DISTRICT

Frank LoBiondo

NEW JERSEY's 2nd DISTRICT

Buck McKeon

CALIFORNIA's 25th DISTRICT

Jeff Miller

FLORIDA's 1st DISTRICT

Kristi Noem

SOUTH DAKOTA

Rich Nugent

FLORIDA's 11th DISTRICT

Steven Palazzo

MISSISSIPPI's 4th DISTRICT

Scott Rigell

VIRGINIA's 2nd DISTRICT

Mike Rogers

ALABAMA's 3rd DISTRICT

Jon Runyan

NEW JERSEY's 3rd DISTRICT

Austin Scott

GEORGIA's 8th DISTRICT

Bill Shuster

PENNSYLVANIA's 9th DISTRICT

Mac Thornberry

TEXAS' 13th DISTRICT

Michael Turner

OHIO's 10th DISTRICT

Jackie Walorski

INDIANA's 2nd DISTRICT

Brad Wenstrup

OHIO's 2nd DISTRICT

Joe Wilson

SOUTH CAROLINA's 2nd DISTRICT

Rob Wittman

VIRGINIA's 1st DISTRICT