WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Michael Turner (R-Ohio) was tapped in December to head the House Armed Services Committee’s strategic forces subcommittee in the 112th Congress that convened  the week of Jan. 3.

The strategic forces subcommittee has oversight of the nation’s military space and missile defense programs, as well as its nuclear arsenal.

A member of the House Armed Services Committee since 2003, Turner is an outspoken advocate of missile defense and national security space programs. He supported the House version of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2011 that recommended increased funding for missile defense, though he criticized U.S. President Barack Obama’s overhaul of plans for defending European allies and deployed forces from ballistic missiles.