U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) will again chair the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces for the 116th Congress. This critical panel is of major importance to the defense of our nation. It’s also an influential role for the state of Nebraska as Fischer has direct oversight of U.S. Strategic Command, which is headquartered at Offutt Air Force Base in Sarpy County. As a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, this will be Fischer’s second term chairing the subcommittee. Before choosing to chair Strategic Forces, Fischer previously chaired the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities.

“I’m proud to once again chair the Strategic Forces Subcommittee. Our nuclear forces are the bedrock of our national security, and a modern and strong nuclear deterrent is absolutely vital in today’s era of great-power competition. I am honored to lead the Senate Armed Services Committee’s oversight of the nuclear deterrence mission as there is no higher priority for the Department of Defense. I also look forward to continuing to work closely with the nearly 180,000 people who support the STRATCOM mission, including the men and women of U.S. Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base, and our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and civilians around the world,” said Senator Fischer.  

The responsibilities of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee include: nuclear and strategic forces; non-proliferation programs; space programs; nuclear weapons activities at the Department of Energy; and ballistic missile defense. 

Senator Fischer also served as chairman of the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces during the 115th Congress.

In addition to her chairmanship of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee, Fischer will serve on the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities and the Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support.