With New Congress, Military Space Has New Overseers

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) will replace former Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) as chairman of the House’s Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which oversees the nation’s spy satellites, in the just-convened 114th Congress. Rogers did not run for re-election this past November and is now retired.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) will serve as the committee’s ranking member. Schiff replaces Rep. C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger (D-Md.), whose term on the committee expired.

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) will chair the House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee, which oversees military space and missile defense programs. Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) will head the full committee.

Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) will chair the full House Appropriations Committee, while Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.) will head the defense appropriations subcommittee.

House Democrats had not announced their full committee assignments as of press time.

In the Senate, now controlled by Republicans, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) will chair the Senate Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee, while Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) will serve as ranking member. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) will head the full committee, with Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) acting as ranking member. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), an outspoken supporter of the Operationally Responsive Space Office, joins the committee for this term.

Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) will lead the full Senate Appropriations Committee and is expected to head the defense subcommittee as well. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) will be ranking member of the full committee and ranking member on the subcommittee that funds NASA. Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) will serve as ranking member for the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee.