Defense and National Security


As a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, Susan fully understands America’s need for a strong military and the critical role our service members play in our national security.  In Congress, she has been a consistent advocate for improving the lives of our service men and women and their families. Susan’s role on the House Armed Services Committee provides San Diego with a strong voice on military issues that most affect our community.

Click here for information about the Armed Services Committee and for a schedule of upcoming hearings.  Susan also periodically sends out a Defense E-News, updating how defense and veterans policies coming out of Washington will impact San Diego County. You can sign up to get Susan’s Defense E-News here.

As a past Chairwoman and Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel, she has been at the forefront on issues that directly impact service members and their families, such as increases in pay and benefits, improved housing and a health care system worthy of their service and sacrifice.

Susan has devoted countless hours addressing number of key issues, including sexual assault, women in combat, military suicides, and TBI/PTSD.  Susan’s passion for our service men and women drives her to fight for their rights and create an equal and fair environment for anyone who desires to succeed in the military.

Military Sexual Assault

Sexual assault within the ranks is not only harmful to its victims but it is antithetical to the trust and camaraderie that defines military culture. Any sexual assault undermines the moral foundation of our Armed Forces and does irreparable harm to unit cohesion. As the then-Chair and current Ranking Member of the Military Personnel Subcommittee, Susan has taken a leading role to put policies in place to prevent sexual assault in the ranks and to prosecute these crimes.

Moving forward, Susan will continue to press military leaders on the need to implement, enforce and improve upon the policies put in place to end sexual assault in our military.

Military Suicides

With the number of suicides and attempted suicides of our returning warriors at alarming rates, Susan has been working with her colleagues and the Department of Defense to ensure that every resource is available for our brave men and women. She is working to increase the number of mental health professionals and reduce wait times for servicemembers seeking help.

Readiness Subcommittee

Ensuring our men and women in uniform have the tools and resources to carry out their mission has always been a top priority to Susan. Susan serves as one of the most senior members of the Readiness Subcommittee, which oversees military readiness, training, and logistics; and deployment preparation and processes. The Subcommittee also has jurisdiction over military construction, depot policy, housing issues, and the base closure process.

From her position on the Readiness and Military Personnel Subcommittees, she is a voice for San Diego’s servicemembers and their need to have the best equipment, training and benefits available to them.

Supporting the Naval Fleet

As the home to one of the largest concentrations of naval forces in the world, the regional economy of San Diego benefits significantly from federal defense spending.  In fact, defense spending impacts more than 300,000 jobs, a number that has grown steadily over the past decade.  Susan works hard to maintain the unique economic role played by San Diego’s defense community, especially small businesses. 

Susan was proud to welcome to USS John P Murtha as the Navy announced that the San Antonio-class amphibious landing ship will be homeported in San Diego.

Having the Navy to continue multi-ship multi-option (MSMO) contracts for naval ships is critical to guaranteeing that ship maintenance of six months or less can be accomplished at its homeport. This means increasing the number of jobs for San Diego. Susan continues to press this issue with the Navy. 


More on Defense and National Security

Dec 6, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Reps. Susan Davis (D-CA), Joe Wilson (R-SC), Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Brian Mast, (R-FL), and Jacky Rosen (D-NV) introduced bipartisan legislation in the House of Representatives to increase healthcare opportunities for disabled veterans.

The Fair Access to Insurance for Retired (FAIR) Heroes Act will allow veterans who were medically discharged to choose their healthcare coverage through Medicare or TRICARE.

Nov 14, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Susan Davis, a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, successfully fought to extend survivor benefits for 63,000 military widows in the final version of the National Defense Authorization Act that passed the House today. These widows will receive approximately $2.8 billion in benefits over the next ten years.

Oct 13, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC — U.S. Representatives Jackie Speier (CA-14), Charlie Dent (PA-15), Susan Davis (CA-53), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27), Adam Smith (WA-09), and Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09) today announced the introduction of H.R. 4041, a bipartisan bill to protect transgender members of the U.S. military by preventing the Department of Defense (DoD) from removing currently serving members of the Armed Forces based solely on their gender identity. Transgender troops have been openly serving in the military since June 2016. This legislation is the House companion bill to S.

Oct 5, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Susan Davis joined over 100 of her House colleagues in introducing legislation to ban bump stocks like the those used in the mass shooting in Las Vegas where 59 people were murdered.

Aug 25, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego), a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on President Trump ordering a ban on transgender Americans from serving their country.

“Transgender servicemembers have and are serving with honor, distinction, and courage.  No evidence has been ­­­­­­presented to warrant this ban, which is based solely on discrimination.

Aug 4, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego), a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, joined more than 50 House colleagues in urging Defense Secretary Mattis and Joint Chiefs Chairman General Dunford to reject Trump’s ban on transgender servicemembers.  

Jul 27, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego), a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on the security minibus spending bill that includes $1.6 billion for a border wall.

“There are far better ways we can spend $1.6 billion, such as fixing roads and bridges or training Americans for good paying jobs.

Jul 26, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego), a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on President Trump’s tweets on banning transgender Americans from serving in the military.

“The one thing this President needs to convey to our transgender servicemembers and veterans is gratitude – gratitude that they stood up and raised their right hand and said, ‘Send me.’ They volunteered for our country courageously and they continue to serve. 

Jun 29, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Susan Davis (D-San Diego), a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, added a number of provisions to the national defense bill to expand benefits for military personnel.