Washington D.C.House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member, Congressman Adam Smith, released the following statement after President Obama announced two appointments to his national security team:

“Both the incoming director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the incoming Secretary of Defense will face a myriad of difficult challenges such as sequestration, confronting Iran’s nuclear ambitions and continuing the battle against Al Qaeda and violent extremists.  In addition, the Secretary of Defense will also have to oversee the redeployment of our troops from Afghanistan and manage tighter budgets.

“John Brennan is an excellent choice to lead the Central Intelligence Agency.  As Deputy National Security Advisor, Brennan has clearly demonstrated the ability to work with the President's national security team and achieve results. His experience and judgment, honed first through 25 years of service at the CIA and then as Deputy National Security Advisor in the Obama Administration, have been vitally important to the Administration’s successful efforts to combat terrorism and protect the homeland.  As Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, I believe he will continue that successful record.

“Former Senator Chuck Hagel has strong credentials. He had a long career in the Senate focused on national security and foreign policy, and he served bravely in the Vietnam War, earning two purple hearts. As we move through the nomination process, I look forward to learning more about his qualifications and vision for the Department of Defense.

“The addition of new faces also means the departure of trusted leadership. Secretary Panetta will be sorely missed. His tenure as Secretary of Defense was marked with a number of key accomplishments. He oversaw the end of the Iraq war, laid the groundwork to end the war in Afghanistan and ended the discriminatory policy of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. I wish him the all the best.”


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10/12/16 Smith Statement on the U.S. Military’s Disaster Relief Efforts
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9/9/16 Smith Statement on North Korean Nuclear Test
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8/29/16 Smith Statement on the Situation in Yemen
8/1/16 Smith Statement on Air Strikes in Libya
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7/20/16 Smith Statement on the Passing of Congressman Mark Takai
7/16/16 Smith Statement on the Attempted Coup in Turkey
7/12/16 Statement by Armed Services & Foreign Affairs Democrats on South China Sea Decision
7/11/16 Smith Statement on New Troop Levels and the Readiness Crisis
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6/30/16 Smith Statement on the Defense Department’s New Policy on Transgender Servicemembers Files
6/30/16 Smith Statement on Navy Report into the Farsi Island Incident
6/27/16 Democrats Issue Benghazi Report and Release Interview Transcripts
6/21/16 Smith Introduces Bill to Reduce Excess Military Infrastructure
6/9/16 Smith Statement on the House Republicans' National Security Agenda
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5/18/16 Smith Announces Opposition to FY2017 NDAA
5/18/16 HASC Democratic Summary of the FY17NDAA Files
5/17/16 Statement on the Rules Committee’s “Dead-of-Night” Move to Overturn Women in the Selective Service Provision
5/16/16 Smith Letter: Benghazi Committee’s Credibility Shredded by Statements From Benghazi Committee’s Own Counsel
5/12/16 Smith Statement on Defense Appropriations Bill
5/8/16 Smith Statement on the Two-Year Anniversary of the Benghazi Committee
5/2/16 Ranking Member Smith Statement on Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth’s Final NDAA Markup
5/2/16 Ranking Member Smith Statement on Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez’s Final NDAA Markup
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4/28/16 Republicans Vote to Allow Confederate Flag to Fly at The Citadel
4/28/16 Smith Statement on Passage of the FY2017 NDAA Out of Committee
4/26/16 Ranking Member Smith Statement on NDAA Funding
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