WASHINGTON, D.C. (WSFA) - Alabama’s only Democratic representative in the U.S. House is taking on another duty after her party gained control of the chamber in the most recent election cycle.
Wednesday, Rep. Terri Sewell, D-District 7, was appointed to lead the House Subcommittee on Defense and Warfighter Support. She’ll also serve on the Subcommittee on Intelligence Modernization and Readiness.
Sewell said she looks forward to the task "to advance and ensure our military readiness with respect to the accurate, timely and relevant dissemination of intelligence critical to our military operations. In this challenging time, it is more important than ever that we work actively to advance our defense intelligence capabilities and tactics to address the global threats to our national security.”
Sewell’s office released descriptions on both posts.
The Subcommittee on Defense Intelligence and Warfighter Support oversees policies and programs focused on providing the nation’s warfighters accurate, timely and relevant intelligence in support of military operations. This subcommittee will foster greater awareness, collaboration and more effective deployment of resources across the Intelligence Committee related to the collection, processing, exploitation and dissemination of strategic and tactical intelligence.
The Subcommittee on Intelligence Modernization and Readiness oversees policies and programs focused on ensuring that the intelligence enterprise is staffed, trained and equipped to advance its mission and that all 17 members of the I have the workforce, infrastructure and services they need to succeed, while leveraging the totality of the nation’s resources. This subcommittee will foster greater awareness, collaboration and more effective deployment of resources across the Intelligence Community on issues of human capital management, security clearance reform, IT modernization and an array of enterprise-wide, cross-cutting initiatives.
Alabama has a robust national security presence in Huntsville, Anniston, Montgomery and the Wiregrass, Sewell said, adding the state is home to federally-recognized military and civilian leaders in the cyber security field and to Boeing, EADS, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and other numerous defense contractors and aerospace research companies that support thousands of jobs for citizens throughout the state.
In addition to these duties, Sewell is Vice Chair of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee and a Chief Deputy Whip.