Legislative Committees

Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities

National Senate Committee

228 Russell Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20510

Phone: 202-224-3871

Web Address:

Parent Committee: Armed Services


Responsibilities: Policies and programs to counter emerging threats including the
proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, and illegal drugs; homeland
defense; technology base programs; special operations programs; and emerging
operational concepts.
o Special additional areas: Foreign Military Sales; technology export policies;
Department of Defense (DOD) and Department of Energy (DOE) nonproliferation
programs, including the Nunn-Lugar program; and nontraditional military operations,
including peacekeeping and peace enforcement, low-intensity conflict, strategic
communications and information operations, and building partner capacity.
o Oversight of budget accounts: Technology base RDT&E; operational test and
evaluation; RDT&E and procurement supporting special operations; counterdrug
programs; RDT&E supporting low-intensity conflict, peacekeeping operations, and
information warfare; combating terrorism; chemical and biological warfare defense;
chemical demilitarization; train and equip programs; and DOD and DOE non-
proliferation programs.
o Oversight of DOD offices: Assistant Secretary of Defense (Homeland Defense);
Assistant Secretary of Defense (Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict); and
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering.
o Oversight of DOD commands and agencies: Special Operations Command; Northern
Command; Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency; Defense Threat Reduction
Agency; and Defense Security Cooperation Agency.