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Rounds to Chair Armed Services Cybersecurity Subcommittee in 116th Congress

Rounds chaired the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Cybersecurity during previous congress

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today announced that he will serve as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Cybersecurity in the 116th Congress. He also chaired the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity during the 115th Congress. This subcommittee was first established by the late SASC Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) in 2017, and continues to be supported by current SASC Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.)


“It is a privilege to have the opportunity to chair the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity once again,” said Rounds. “I thank Chairman Inhofe for his support of our subcommittee’s mission, which is to strengthen the Defense Department’s ability to swiftly respond to cyberattacks. Over the past two years, the work of the subcommittee has resulted in legislation that has improved the Defense Department’s cyber efforts, both offensively and defensively. We hope to build on that momentum in the coming years. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the committee and members of the administration so we can continue to make progress on U.S. cybersecurity.”


The Subcommittee on Cybersecurity has primary jurisdiction over all cyber-related oversight and legislation for the Department of Defense. In addition to his subcommittee chairmanship, Rounds will serve on the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces and the Subcommittee on Personnel.