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.”


Date Title
3/24/15 Ranking Member Adam Smith on Afghanistan
3/18/15 Ranking Member Smith Appoints Hale to Army Commission
3/18/15 Smith’s Statement for Hearing with Carter, Dempsey
3/17/15 Ranking Member Smith’s Statement at Hearing with Service Leaders
3/4/15 Ranking Member Smith on Iran Negotiations
3/4/15 Ranking Member Smith’s Statement for Afghanistan Hearing
3/3/15 Ranking Member Smith’s on CENTCOM, Middle East Hearing
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2/26/15 Ranking Member Smith’s Statement for AUMF Hearing
2/25/15 Ranking Member Smith’s Statement for EUCOM Hearing
2/13/15 Ranking Member Adam Smith on DHS Funding
2/12/15 Ranking Member Adam Smith on Ukraine Ceasefire Agreement
2/11/15 Adam Smith’s Statement on AUMF
2/3/15 Adam Smith Comments on Military Compensation and Retirement Hearing
2/2/15 Adam Smith Comments on World Wide Threats Hearing
2/2/15 Smith Statement on Defense Budget
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12/9/14 Ranking Member Adam Smith’s Statement on Torture Report
12/5/14 Smith’s Statement on Ash Carter Nomination
12/4/14 Smith Statement on Passage of NDAA
12/2/14 Ranking Member Adam Smith’s Statement on NDAA
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11/24/14 Ranking Member Adam Smith on Iran Negotiations
11/14/14 Ranking Member Adam Smith on Republican Calls for Ground Combat Forces
11/13/14 Ranking Member Adam Smith’s Statement for ISIL Hearing
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9/18/14 Ranking Member Adam Smith’s Statement at ISIL Hearing
9/16/14 Ranking Member Adam Smith’s Statement on Syria Resolution
9/10/14 Ranking Member Smith’s Statement on Presidents Speech