Congressman Jim Himes (D-4th) today was named chair of the Strategic Technologies and Advanced Research (STAR) Subcommittee of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
This subcommittee oversees the development and implementation of emerging and advanced technologies used in intelligence collection and national security. This includes cyber security, overhead systems, artificial intelligence/machine learning and computing, as well as data and systems integrity.
“When it comes to national security, if we’re not thinking at least 10 years down the road, we’ve already lost,” Himes said in a press release announcing his appointment. “Every day we face emerging cyber and technological threats not only from our geopolitical rivals, but also from lone wolves and other asymmetrical actors. Our ability to stay several steps ahead of these threats is integral to our nation’s safety. We are very, very good at it, but maintaining our superiority requires constant vigilance.
“I’m eager to work with our intelligence agencies, the Defense Department, technology firms and innovative members of the private sector to ensure a holistic effort to explore bleeding-edge technology, how to use it, and how to protect ourselves against it.”