Udall to head U.S. Senate Stategic Forces subcommittee

udallSen. Mark Udall will head up a committee that oversees issues critical to Colorado’s military and aerospace communities.

Udall, who is a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, has been named the chairman of the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, which oversees such issues as cyberdefense, military space programs, nuclear weapons and intelligence programs.

“I am honored to chair the Strategic Forces Subcommittee, and I am committed to ensuring that the Department of Defense has the resources necessary to defend our strategic interests around the world, in space and in cyberspace,” Udall said.

The United States must have timely and accurate intelligence and maintain robust deterrents and a range of offensive capabilities, Udall said. Colorado’s military and industrial assets play a key role in critical missions, including a diverse set of innovative companies, NORAD and Air Force Space Command.

Udall said he is pushing for improved cyberdefense capabilities to protect critical infrastructure as well as civilian and military networks from cyberattacks. Those concerns were reinforced by recent reports of Chinese cyberattacks against the United States and Iran’s increasing activity in cyberspace, he said.