Respected for his knowledge and objectivity, Jim is regarded as a "defense intellectual" in Congress. The only member of the Armed Services Committee without a major military base or defense contractor in his district, he isn't beholden to entrenched interests and looks out for what's best for the country.
He was Chairman of the Panel on Roles and Missions, and works to streamline defense acquisition to save tax payer money and get the right equipment to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Jim focuses on the changing demands on our military and other national security institutions in the 21st Century. His first question when considering any national security issue is "How do we keep America number one?"