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Udall to Head U.S. Senate Strategic Forces Subcommittee

Subcommittee Oversees Issues Critical to Colorado Aerospace Industry, Military Programs, Facilities: Missile Defense, Space Programs, Cyberdefense

Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Mark Udall, a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, continues to build his expansive jurisdiction over military, national security and intelligence issues. Udall has been named the chairman of the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, which oversees global military issues critical to Colorado's military and aerospace communities and the nation, including cyberdefense, military space programs, nuclear weapons and intelligence programs. This is Udall's first subcommittee chairmanship on the Armed Services Committee, and it reflects Udall's increasing seniority in the U.S. Senate. Udall also will serve on the Emerging Threats and Capabilities and Readiness and Management Support subcommittees.

"I am honored to chair the Strategic Forces Subcommittee, and I am committed to ensuring that the Department of Defense has the resources necessary to defend our strategic interests around the world, in space and in cyberspace," Udall said. "As a member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence committees, I know that the United States must have timely and accurate intelligence and must maintain robust deterrents and a range of offensive capabilities. Colorado's military and industrial assets play a key role in those critical missions, including a diverse set of innovative companies, NORAD and Air Force Space Command. I am looking forward to working with them to meet the national security challenges of the 21st century while ensuring that hard-earned tax dollars are spent wisely."

The issues the Senate Subcommittee on Strategic Forces oversees are critical to Colorado job creators and military institutions based in Colorado, including North American Aerospace Defense Command and Air Force Space Command, both headquartered at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, and the nation's second-largest aerospace industry. Udall also has long advocated for improved cyberdefense capabilities to protect critical infrastructure as well as civilian and military networks from cyberattacks. Those concerns were reinforced by recent reports of Chinese cyberattacks against the United States and Iran's increasing activity in cyberspace.

Udall's appointment to head the subcommittee follows a Brookings Institution report earlier this month that encouraged Colorado's congressional delegation to pursue committee assignments relevant to the aerospace industry. Udall has served on the Senate Armed Services Committee and as a member of the Senate Subcommittee on Strategic Forces since 2009.

Udall has been a strong proponent of Colorado's aerospace industry and has fought to ensure that Colorado is home to innovative companies and job creators.

For a full list of Senate Armed Services Committee subcommittee assignments, click HERE.

Udall also serves on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and chairs the Senate Subcommittee on National Parks.

By: Mike Saccone
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