Rep. Chris Stewart, a former Air Force pilot, has been named chairman of a House intelligence subcommittee that oversees the Department of Defense.
Stewart, R-Utah, will lead the Defense Intelligence and Overhead Architecture Subcommittee.
"The fundamental role of the federal government, as outlined in the Constitution, is to provide for the security of our nation," he said in a prepared statement. "And in an era where terrorist threats are far too common, the need for national security has never been more important."
The subcommittee oversees the National Reconnaissance Program, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Program, the General Defense Intelligence Program and some Department of Defense activities.