Texas Rep. Mac Thornberry has established himself as a leader in national security, and after serving as the vice chairman of the House Armed Services Committee since 2011, he has earned a reputation as an innovator and strategic thinker in defense policy.
As part of his leadership role on the Armed Services Committee, he is leading a long-term effort to reform the Department of Defense, including a review of the way the Pentagon buys goods and services. The study’s goal is to streamline the department’s acquisition process, field better weapons and save taxpayers’ money.
The 10-term congressman was one of the first in Congress to recognize the need to confront the threat of terrorism. Six months before September 11, 2001, he introduced a bill to create a new Department of Homeland Security, which formed the basis of legislation signed into law 20 months later. He has also played a major role in shaping national policy on transformation of the military and strategic nuclear issues. In addition, he is at the forefront of efforts in Congress to protect the country from threats ranging from terrorist attacks to nuclear proliferation.
Thornberry also has been a longtime supporter of Sheppard Air Force Base, which lies in his northern Texas district. From ADC’s perspective, Thornberry earned the support of not only community leaders in Wichita Falls, the home of Sheppard, but from association members from throughout the state, including the San Antonio Office of Military Affairs, the Heart of Texas Defense Alliance and TexAmericas Center.
For ensuring that national security remains one of the federal government’s top priorities, ADC is honoring Thornberry with its Congressional Leadership Award. Award winners will be recognized at a special ceremony on Capitol Hill next week during the Defense Communities National Summit.