Hagan set to head committee on emerging threats

Kay Hagan (D–N.C.) is slated to become the chairwoman of the Armed Services Committee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities.

The subcommittee holds a variety of functions, including jurisdiction over biological and chemical weapons development, the emerging threat of weapons of mass destruction and nonproliferation programs, special operations forces operations, and some scientific developments, according to NewsObserver.com.

The Armed Services Committee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities also oversees the sales of U.S. military technology to foreign countries and works with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to develop new military weapons and defense systems.

Hagan has remained interested in increasing her state’s share of defense jobs and will remain focused on that aspect in her new role, especially in the research area, NewsObserver.com reports.

She is also likely to push for increased attention to benefit the Special Operations commands in her state that are headquartered at the Army’s Fort Bragg and the Marine Corp’s Camp Lejeune.

"North Carolina is the most military friendly state in the nation, and we have an extensive Special Operations Community from Fort Bragg to Camp Lejeune to Pope Army Airfield," Hagan said, according to her website. "As chair, it will be a priority of mine to ensure our Special Operations forces have the tools and resources they need to complete their missions combating international terrorism and emerging threats. I am also committed to protecting our nation's defense industrial base and research and development capacity, which is crucial to staying one step ahead of threats to our nation."

Senator Rob Portman of Ohio will be the subcommittee’s top Republican and ranking member.