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The U.S. House Committee on Armed Services, commonly known as the House Armed Services Committee, is a standing committee of the United States House of Representatives. It is responsible for funding and oversight of the Department of Defense (DOD) and the United States armed forces, as well as substantial portions of the Department of Energy.



The Armed Services Committee was created by the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946, which consolidated the functions of two predecessor committees: the Committee on Military Affairs and the Committee on Naval Affairs, which were established as standing committees in 1822. Another predecessor, the Committee on the Militia, was created in 1835 and existed until 1911 when it was abolished and its jurisdiction transferred to the Committee on Military Affairs.[1] When Republicans took control of the House of Representatives in 1994, the committee was renamed the Committee on National Security. It was later renamed the Committee on Armed Services.

Members, 111th Congress

The committee chairman is Ike Skelton of Missouri,[2] and the Ranking Member is Buck McKeon of California.[3]

Majority Minority



Subcommittee Chair Ranking Member
Readiness Solomon Ortiz (D-TX) Randy Forbes (R-VA)
Seapower and Expeditionary Forces Gene Taylor (D-MS) Todd Akin (R-MO)
Air and Land Forces Neil Abercrombie (D-HI) Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD)
Oversight and Investigations Vic Snyder (D-AR) Rob Wittman (R-VA)
Terrorism and Unconventional Threats Adam Smith (D-WA) Jeff Miller (R-FL)
Strategic Forces James Langevin (D-RI) Mike Turner (R-OH)
Military Personnel Susan Davis (D-CA) Joe Wilson (R-SC)


  1. ^ Chapter 4. Records of the Armed Services Committee and Its Predecessors Guide to the Records of the U.S. House of Representatives at the National Archives, 1789-1989 (Record Group 233)
  2. ^ H.Res. 8
  3. ^ H.Res. 548

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