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Mac Thornberry: Cyber, Nuclear Deterrence, Special Ops Among HASC Priorities in 2016

Mac Thornberry
Mac Thornberry

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) has said the panel will focus on cybersecurity, nuclear modernization, special operations and the Third Offset Strategy in 2016, Defense News reported Wednesday.

Jen Judson writes that the lawmaker noted the Defense Department‘s efforts to ensure U.S. technological superiority into the future and urged focus on matters beyond technology.

“We have to be able to fight and win in cyberspace so the committee is pushing issues related to people, organization [and] rules of engagement in that domain to try to make sure we close the gap between the threat and the policies we now have to deploy,” Thornberry said at a National Press Club event, according to the report.

He also cited nuclear deterrence as the foundation of U.S. defense efforts amid Russia’s work on nuclear technology and North Korea’s reported hydrogen bomb test.

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