Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Introducing the 112th Congress' Senate Armed Services Committee

Chairman Carl Levin
The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) is one of the main committees that ROA works with on military personnel issues including end strength and preparedness, retirement, education, military voting, health care and other areas. ROA also works with SASC via The Military Coalition and the National Military and Veteran Alliance.

The Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) have not changed. Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) remains the Chairman and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) the Ranking Member.

Sens. Levin and McCain worked together on passage of the Levin-McCain Weapons Acquisition Reform Act in 2009 to address system-wide problems in the Department of Defense’s acquisition system. Chairman Levin promotes cost controls of procurement for the military and led the charge for the most recent round of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC).

Ranking Member John McCain
The subcommittees and their chairmen include the following:

•    Airland – Chairman Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.)
•    Emerging Threats & Capabilities – Chairman Kay Hagan (D-N.C.)
•    Personnel – Chairman Jim Webb (D-Va.)
•    Readiness & Management Support – Chairwoman Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.)
•    Seapower – Chairman Jack Reed (D-R.I.)
•    Strategic Forces – Chairman Ben Nelson (D-Neb.)

Freshmen senators on the committee include: Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), and Rob Portman (R-Ohio).

SASC Links:
-Full committee membership
-Subcommittee members

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