Smith, Langevin Announce New HASC Subcommittee for the 117th Congress

Feb 3, 2021 Issues: Armed Services, Cybersecurity

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representatives Adam Smith (D-Wash.), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, and James Langevin (D-R.I.), today issued the following joint statement announcing the formation of a new subcommittee under the House Armed Services Committee rules, which will be Chaired by Representative Langevin.

“Over the last two years, the House Armed Services Committee has committed significant time and attention to cyber, emerging threats, and the future of warfare. The Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee advanced the development of cyber and artificial intelligence capabilities, funded defense research, and championed practices to attract and retain science and engineering talent at the Department. The Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act has widely been touted as the most significant piece of cybersecurity legislation ever to pass Congress. The committee established policies that will keep our nation safer and ready to respond to our adversaries. While we are proud of what has already been accomplished, we considered how a more targeted focus could help us achieve even more objectives in the domain.

“As technology continues to advance at an incredibly rapid rate – from artificial intelligence to biotechnology and everything in between – it is critical that the Armed Services Committee redoubles our efforts to bridge the gap between current capabilities and future requirements.

“To that end, as we formally convene the House Armed Services Committee and organize for the 117th Congress, we will create a new, seventh subcommittee. This new subcommittee – the Subcommittee on Cyber, Innovative Technologies, and Information Systems (CITI) – will allow the full committee to build on the good work completed in the 116th Congress, while focusing more intently on these critical issues moving forward.”

The Subcommittee on Cyber, Innovative Technologies, and Information Systems (CITI) will have the following jurisdiction:

  • Cyber Security, Operations, and Forces
  • Information Technology, Systems, and Operations
  • Science and Technology Programs and Policy
  • Defense-Wide Research and Development (except Missile Defense and Space)
  • Artificial Intelligence Policy and Programs
  • Electromagnetic Spectrum Policy
  • Electronic Warfare Policy
  • Computer Software Acquisition Policy