Senator Cochran serves as vice chairman of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, the Senator takes seriously the constitutional responsibility to “provide for the common defense” of the United States, as well as the nation’s commitment to the men and women who have bravely served in the Armed Forces.
Senator Cochran advocates policies and programs to ensure that the U.S. military has the best trained and equipped personnel in the world. He is gratified by Mississippians’ traditional devotion to national defense and Mississippi’s role as host to major Air Force bases and Navy installations, the Army National Guard’s primary mobilization installation, a premiere Special Operations training center, a leading Air Force aeromedical evacuation unit, numerous National Guard installations and two of six Department of Defense supercomputers.
Senator Cochran is proud of the role that the Mississippi defense industry employees play in providing service personnel with the best equipment and services, and he takes particular interest in shipbuilding, aerospace, space, unmanned technologies, composite materials, and other sectors important to Mississippi and the nation.