Tuberville Named to Key Armed Services Subcommittees

Subcommittee jurisdictions include Space Command, missile defense, and counterterrorism

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) today released the following statement on his appointment to three subcommittees on the Senate Armed Services Committee: Strategic Forces; Emerging Threats and Capabilities; and Personnel:

“Alabama is home to some of the finest military installations and bravest servicemen and women in the world,” said Sen. Tuberville. “One of my top priorities in Washington is to be an effective voice for Alabama’s contributions to our national security, especially in missile defense and the incoming Space Command. These subcommittees oversee issues vital to America’s national security, our men and women in uniform, and the people of the Great State of Alabama.”

Subcommittee on Strategic Forces

Responsibilities: Nuclear and strategic forces; arms control and non-proliferation programs; space programs; Department of Energy defense nuclear and defense environmental management programs; and missile defense.

Oversight of budget accounts: Procurement and RDT&E for DOD nuclear and strategic forces, missile defense, space systems, Department of Energy defense and non-proliferation programs.

Oversight of DOD and DOE officials: Assistant Secretary of Defense (Nuclear and Chemical and Biological Defense Programs); National Nuclear Security Administration; and Assistant Secretary of Energy (Environmental Management).

Oversight of agencies, commands, and activities: U.S. Strategic Command; U.S. Space Command, U.S. Space Force as well as other components of the military departments; Space Development Agency; Missile Defense Agency; National Nuclear Security Administration; Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board; and Defense Threat Reduction Agency.

Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities

Responsibilities: Policies and programs related to science and technology, special operations, intelligence, counterterrorism, security cooperation, strategic communications and information operations, countering weapons of mass destruction, and homeland defense.

Oversight of budget accounts: Technology base RDT&E; operational test and evaluation; RDT&E and procurement supporting special operations and low-intensity conflict capabilities;  peacekeeping operations; chemical and biological warfare defense; chemical demilitarization; and security cooperation programs, including counter-narcotics.

Oversight of DOD offices: Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering; Under Secretary of Defense (Intelligence); Assistant Secretary of Defense (Homeland Defense and Global Security); and Assistant Secretary of Defense (Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict).

Oversight of DOD commands and agencies: U.S. Special Operations Command; Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency; Defense Security Cooperation Agency; National Security Agency; Defense Intelligence Agency; National Reconnaissance Office; and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

Subcommittee on Personnel

Responsibilities: Military and DOD civilian personnel policies; end strengths for military personnel; military personnel compensation and benefits; military health care; and military nominations.

Special additional areas: Professional Military Education; DOD schools; DOD child care and family assistance; civil-military programs; POW/MIA issues; Armed Forces Retirement Home; Morale, Welfare and Recreation; military commissaries and exchanges; and financial literacy and DOD implementation of the Military Lending Act.

Oversight of budget accounts: Military personnel; military retirement; Defense Health Program; DOD Medicare-Eligible Retiree Health Care Fund; and operation and maintenance for certain education and civil-military programs.

Oversight of DOD offices: Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel & Readiness); Assistant Secretary of Defense (Manpower & Reserve Affairs); Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs); and Assistant Secretary of Defense (Readiness).

Oversight of DOD agencies: Defense Health Agency; Defense Commissary Agency; and Defense Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Agency.

Senator Tommy Tuberville represents Alabama in United States Senate and is a member of the Senate Armed Services, Agriculture, Veterans’ Affairs, and HELP Committees.