Senate Committee on Armed Services

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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.



Carl LevinDMI
Edward M. KennedyDMN
Robert C. ByrdDNC
Joseph I. LiebermanICT
Jack ReedDRI
Daniel K. AkakaDHI
Bill NelsonDFL
E. Benjamin NelsonDNE
Evan BayhDMT
Jim WebbDVA
Claire McCaskillDMO
Mark UdallDCO
Kay HaganDNC
Mark BegichDAK
Roland BurrisDCO
John McCainRAZ
James M. InhofeROK
Jeff SessionsRAL
Saxby ChamblissRGA
Lindsey O. GrahamRSC
John ThuneRSD
Mel MartinezDNM
Roger WickerRMS
Richard BurrRNC
David VitterRLA
Susan M. CollinsRME



Walter Reed

The Armed Services Committee announced on February 26, 2007 that it would be investigating the events and practices that led to Walter Reed, the premiere military medical facility in the U.S., slipping in to a state of "neglect." The announcement stated that on the 6th of March the committee would hear the testimony of several top military medical officers regarding this issue. [1]

Boeing contract

Sen. John McCain, the Ranking Member in the 110th Congress, began scrutinizing a $15 billion contract awarded to Boeing for search and rescue helicopters granted in 2006. McCain has previously derailed contracts, such as a Boeing midair refueling tanker contract several years before. [1]

Activities in the 110th Congress

Petraeus report

On September 11, 2007, General David Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker testified before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the Senate Committee on Armed Services. During his testimony he was questioned by five Presidential hopefuls, Sens. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.), Barack Obama (D-Ill.), Joe Biden (D-Del.), Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), and John McCain (R-Ariz.), along with many other senators. During the questioning, Democrats sought to portray Petraeus's description of the situation in Iraq as overly optimistic, while Petraeus and Crocker defended their assessment.[2]

Previous committee membership

110th Congress (2007-2008)

Members of the
Senate Committee on Armed Services,
110th Congress
Democrats: Republicans:

109th Congress (2005-2006)

Members of the
Senate Committee on Armed Forces,
109th Congress
Democrats: Republicans:

Votes and legislation in this committee covered by Congresspedia

Articles and Resources

Wikipedia also has an article on Senate Committee on Armed Services. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


  1. Roxana Tiron, "McCain to probe Air Force's helicopter award," The Hill, April 6, 2007.
  2. Elisabeth Bumiller, "A General Faces Questions From 5 Potential Bosses," The New York Times, September 11, 2007.

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External resources

Contact information

Committee Web site

228 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
202 224-3871