Armed Services Committee, Senate

The Senate Armed Services Committee is the main legislative body responsible for policy construction and oversight relative to the American armed forces. This entry provides a brief overview of the committee’s purpose, organization, historical development, and place within the larger national security community.

Legislative and Oversight Purpose of the Senate Armed Services Committee

The committee’s sphere of public policy includes all legislative and oversight activities that the Senate engages in relative to the American military and its corresponding policies. The committee has primary legislative review of bills and resolutions that deal with military activities and prerogatives such as basing, funding, weapons procurement, strategic and structural policies, personnel recruitment/retention, training, and real-world force deployments, as well as the evaluation, revision, and articulation of military mission parameters, objectives, and ...

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