Afghanistan is the epicenter of where al Qaeda planned and launched the 9/11 attacks against innocent Americans and continues to be an operational location for al Qaeda and its affiliated groups.

Defense Reform

On March 15, 2016, Chairman Thornberry introduced H.R. 4741 The Acquisition Agility Act, a bill to enact reforms in the defense acquisition system to ensure that the military can respond to rapidly changing threats. Bill text and other materials can be found below.

GTMO Reengagement

Mr. Obama has repeatedly vowed to close GTMO, but congressional lawmakers in both parties continue to block his efforts based on serious concerns about U.S.


"It is morally wrong to task someone with a mission for which they are not fully prepared and fully supported with the best weapons and equipment this nation can provide.  Our Committee has found serious shortcomings today, and they will worsen without immediate action."

- Chairman Mac Thornberry

Taliban 5

On May 31, 2014, the Department of Defense transferred five detainees to Qatar from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in connection with securing the recovery of U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.

Military Sexual Assault Prevention

The FY17 National Defense Authorization Act continues the vigorous oversight and protection of our troops from sexual assault.  The bill includes improvements to the Special Victims program.  These improvements include a requirement that victims be notified of their right to Special Victim’s Counsel prior to questioning by law enforcement, a requirement for DoD to establish min