Cornyn Assigned Four Armed Services Subcommittees

In: All News   Posted 02/07/2003

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Armed Services Committee assigned U.S. Sen. John Cornyn to four of the committee’s six subcommittees, adding to his already substantial portfolio of legislative assignments for the 108th Congress. Chairman John Warner (R.-Va.) announced that Cornyn joined the Readiness and Management Support, Strategic Forces, Personnel and Emerging Threats and Capabilities panels."These subcommittees provide me the opportunity to participate in every stage of the process when the critical issues of national security, military transformation and support for our troops come before the committee,” Sen. Cornyn said. "The looming base closure round is a tremendous concern to our state and its 17 military installations,” said Cornyn. “The Secretary of Defense will send his initial selection criteria to the committee in less than a year, and joining this subcommittee will enable me to ensure that decisions are made in a fair manner and are based on the needs of the military, not political whim.” Sen. Cornyn also serves on the Environment and Public Works, Budget and Judiciary Committees. He chairs the Constitution Subcommittee on Judiciary.THE SENATE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEEThe Committee on Armed Services has jurisdiction over all aspects of national defense and homeland security; the Department of Defense, the Department of the Army, the Department of the Navy, and the Department of the Air Force, generally; military research and development; national security aspects of nuclear energy; 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; aeronautical and space activities primarily associated with the development of weapons systems or military operations; and strategic and critical materials necessary for the common defense. Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Chairman This subcommittee has jurisdiction over several areas that are urgent matters for Texas, the United States and the world. The Subcommittee develops and oversees programs to counter terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction – two imminent threats to world security. Chemical weapons demilitarization programs are also under the jurisdiction of this subcommittee. Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.), ChairmanThis subcommittee has taken on greater importance in recent years due to the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process, a key area of jurisdiction for this subcommittee. Military construction (MILCON) and base operations are two other primary concerns of this subcommittee. Military readiness includes training, logistics and maintenance. Personnel Subcommittee Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga), Chairman the Personnel Subcommittee oversees military and civilian personnel policy, and force structure (active and reserve). Also under the jurisdiction of the subcommittee are pay, compensation and personnel benefits.Strategic Subcommittee Sen. Wayne Allard (R-Colo.), Chairman This subcommittee oversees strategic forces, space programs and ballistic missile defense (BMD), which involves such issues as a nuclear defense shield. The subcommittee also has within its jurisdiction the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration, except for nonproliferation, and Department of Defense intelligence programs.