Cybersecurity subcommittee's role outlined

By John Liang / February 6, 2017 at 3:44 PM

The Senate Armed Services Committee has updated its website with a section on the roles and functions of the panel's cybersecurity subcommittee.

The subcommittee's overall responsibilities include "policies and programs related to cyber forces and capabilities," according to the committee's website.

The budget accounts the subcommittee will have oversight of include: "Information Technology base RDT&E; cyber-related operational test and evaluation; RDT&E and procurement supporting cyber capabilities; combating cyber threats and attacks; cyber-related train and equip programs."

The Defense Department's office of the principal adviser on military cyber force matters will be dealing a lot with the cyber subcommittee, and the panel will also have oversight of "U.S. Cyber Command; the cyber capabilities of the DOD components, commands, and agencies," according to the panel.

The subcommittee will be chaired by Sen. Michael Rounds (R-SD) and the ranking member is Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL). Other Republicans on the panel include Sens. Deb Fischer (NE), David Perdue (GA), Lindsey Graham (SC) and Ben Sasse (NE). Democrats include Claire McCaskill (MO), Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) and Richard Blumenthal (CT).