National Defense

Providing for the common defense is the foremost Constitutional obligation of our government. Equally important, it is a sacred contract we maintain with our men and women in uniform who sacrifice on a daily basis so that we may enjoy our rights and freedoms here at home. Unfortunately, for far too long Congress has failed to provide our service members with the resources they need to safely carry out their duty. I am committed to ending over $900 billion in destructive and arbitrary defense cuts and rebuilding America’s military capabilities.

I am passionate about renewing our nation’s defenses because I believe in peace through strength. I want would-be aggressors to look at America’s military and realize that potential gains from conquest are not worth the inevitable American response. Maintaining a military beyond challenge is an investment in a stable and secure world. It takes resources and dedication, but it is ultimately a bargain compared to the horrors and destruction of war.

As a Member of the Seapower and Projection Forces and Readiness subcommittees on the House Armed Services Committee, I proudly advocate for the hardworking men and women of Marinette Marine and the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship.

Sponsored Legislation:

  • H. Res. 994 - Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States Marine Corps faces significant readiness challenges and that budgetary uncertainty impedes the Corps' ability to meet ongoing and unexpected national security threats, putting United States national security at risk.

Co-Sponsored Legislation:

  • H.R. 1441 - Repeal Sequestration for Defense Act
  • H.R. 2994 –  Securing the Homeland by Increasing our Power on the Seas (SHIPS) Act
  • H.R. 2912 – Advancing America’s Missile Defense Act of 2017
  • H.R. 2564 – Requiring an annual report on the personnel, training, and equipment needs of the non-federalized National Guard
  • H.R. 2052 – The Protecting the Rights of Individuals Against Technological Exploitation (PRIVATE) Act
  • H.R. 941 - 12 Carrier Act

  • H.R. 5731 - Securing Our Schools Act

  • H. Res. 984 - Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the use of continuing resolutions to fund defense-related activities erodes military readiness and poses an unacceptable risk to the national security of the United States.

  • H. Res. 995 - Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the Nation now faces a more complex and grave set of threats than at any time since the end of World War II, and that the lack of full, on-time funding related to defense activities puts servicemen and servicewomen at risk, harms national security, and aids the adversaries of the United States.

  • H. Res. 998 - Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States Navy's total readiness remains in a perilous state due to high operational demands, increased deployment lengths, shortened training periods, and deferred maintenance all while the Navy is asked to "do more with less" as financial support for critical areas waned in the era of sequestration and without consistent Congressional funding.

  • H. Res. 1007 - Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that not fully resourcing the United States Army in a timely manner erodes the Army's ability to maintain readiness and poses risk to the Army's ability to conduct military operations.

  • H. Res. 1009 - Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the lack of timely and predictable funding unnecessarily undermines the mission of the United States Special Operations Command and jeopardizes the security of the United States.

  • H. Res. 1010 - Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States Air Force faces significant readiness challenges due to insufficient personnel levels, a shrinking and depleted aircraft fleet, and maintenance deferrals, all of which are affected by budgetary uncertainty and impede the Air Force's ability to meet ongoing and unexpected national security threats, putting United States national security at risk.

Caucus Membership:

  • House National Security Caucus (Co-Chair)
  • House Navy and Marine Corps Caucus
  • House National Guard and Reserve Caucus
  • House Army Caucus
  • House Air Force Caucus
  • House Special Operations (SOCOM) Caucus

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More on National Defense

September 22, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee's Subcommittee on Military Personnel, today spoke on the House floor in support of the FY2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

The text of Rep. Gallagher's remarks can be found below:

September 2, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee's Subcommittee on Military Personnel, today released the following statement after securing major wins, including full funding for Marinette Marine to build the future frigate, in the FY2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

September 1, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC -  Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Military Personnel, delivered opening remarks at the FY22 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) markup. 
 
Rep. Gallagher's remarks as prepared below: 


I thank the Chairwoman and my fellow subcommittee members for showing their professionalism and dedication to bipartisanship through the unanimous adoption of the Military Personnel Subcommittee Mark at the end of July.  

August 31, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee's Subcommittee on Military Personnel, recently led his colleagues in calling on Vice Admiral Nowell to clarify comments that suggested he supports reversing policy guidance that prohibits the Navy from using official pictures in officer selection boards. In July of 2020, former Secretary of Defense Mark Esper banned official photos from being used in the selection board process to prevent discrimination and ensure officers were selected based on their own merit.

August 27, 2021 Press Release

Rep. Mike Gallagher (WI-08), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee's Subcommittee on Military Personnel, today visited Fort McCoy alongside Reps. Glenn Grothman (WI-06), Bryan Steil (WI-01), Tom Tiffany (WI-07), and Scott Fitzgerald (WI-05). During their visit, the members toured the facility and received a briefing from Major General Guthrie on the steps being taken to process refugees from Afghanistan.

August 26, 2021 Press Release

Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) today released the following statement after four Marines were killed in explosions at the Hamid Karzai International Airport.

August 3, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reps. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Rob Wittman (R-VA) today introduced the Surface Warfare Officer Leadership Enhancement (SWOLE) Act, legislation that would improve Navy Readiness by addressing two areas of concern highlighted in a recent U.S.
July 22, 2021 Columns

U.S. Naval Institute

By: Rep. Mike Gallagher

July 22, 2021

When I served in the Marine Corps, I spent most of my time as far away from ships as possible in the middle of the Iraqi desert and as a Middle East expert. In what might have been the only successful pivot in recent U.S. foreign policy, since entering Congress, I have dedicated much of my focus to maritime security in the Indo-Pacific.

July 20, 2021 Press Release

Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Military Personnel, delivered the following opening statement at a hearing on the findings and recommendations of the Independent Review Commission on Sexual Assault in the Military. 

Rep. Gallagher's remarks as prepared for delivery:

Thank you, Chairwoman Speier.  I look forward to hearing from our panels today about how the Department of Defense will approach sexual assault and sexual harassment in the future.

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