U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Saratoga, will serve as the ranking Republican on the House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Cyber, Innovative Technologies, and Information Systems in the new Congress, her office announced Thursday.
She will also serve as a member of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over nuclear weapons, missiles and space policy, and arms control.
“These subcommittees will focus on critical issues that will be essential to securing America’s national security at home and abroad in the years ahead,” Stefanik, who represents the 21st Congressional District, said in announcing the appointments.
The Cyber, Innovative Technologies, and Information Systems Subcommittee is new, and will have jurisdiction over the policies and capabilities related to cyber, artificial intelligence, quantum computing, 5G information technology and information operations, and defense-wide research, development, test and evaluation.
“These issues will be at the forefront of our national defense strategy and policy in the 21st Century,” Stefanik said.
In Congress, Stefanik — whose district includes Fort Drum on the outskirts of Watertown — has worked to have Fort Drum be the designated location for a future East Coast missile defense site.
“This subcommittee appointment will allow me to better advocate for future missile defense at Fort Drum,” she said. “This subcommittee is also a critical component to advancing deterrence against our adversaries.”