Feb 4, 2021, By Staff Report

WATERTOWN — Rep. Elise M. Stefanik was appointed this week to two new subcommittee assignments on the House Armed Services Committee for the 117th Congress.

Rep. Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, has been appointed Ranking Republican on the Cyber, Innovative Technologies, and Information Systems Subcommittee, and as a member of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee.

According to a prepared statement from the congresswoman, the former subcommittee has jurisdiction over the policies and capabilities related to cyber, artificial intelligence, quantum computing, spectrum (i.e. 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,” said Rep. Stefanik, who has served on the House Armed Services Committee since her first year in Congress.

The latter subcommittee has jurisdiction over America’s nuclear weapons, missile defense, space policy and operations, and arms control and non-proliferation.

“During my time in Congress, I have successfully worked to ensure that Fort Drum is the designated location for a future East Coast Missile Defense site,” Rep. Stefanik said. “This subcommittee appointment will allow me to better advocate for future missile defense at Fort Drum.”

Fort Drum has been designated by the U.S. Department of Defense as the preferred location for an East Coast missile defense site, although DOD has yet to make a determination if the project will proceed.

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