WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, today released the following schedule of public events for the week of May 3 - 7.
Subcommittee on Readiness Hearing: “The AAV Mishap Investigation: How to Build a Culture of Safety to Avoid Preventable Training Accidents”
Monday, May 3, 2021
(11:00 a.m. ET – Virtual via WebEx – Open)
Purpose: An unclassified hearing with representatives from the Navy and Marine Corps to discuss in detail the results of the investigation into the July 2020 AAV mishap that led to the loss of nine service members. The witnesses will also discuss how to adapt the findings of this investigation into systemic changes that lower the risk of preventable mishaps and build a culture of safety in the Surface Navy and Marine Corps.
Panel 1
Mr. Peter Vienna
Father of Navy Corpsman Christopher “Bobby” Gnem
Mr. Peter Ostrovsky
Father of Pfc. Jack Ostrovsky
Panel 2
General Gary L. Thomas
Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps
Vice Admiral Roy Kitchener
Naval Surface Forces
Major General Gregg P. Olson
Assistant Deputy Commandant
Plans, Policies, Operations
Headquarters Marine Corps
Subcommittee on Intelligence and Special Operations Hearing: “Reviewing Department of Defense Strategy, Policy, and Programs for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction for Fiscal Year 2022”
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
(11:00 a.m. ET – Virtual via WebEx – Open)
Purpose: The Subcommittee will meet to receive testimony on the Department’s FY22 President’s Budget Request for the Department’s CWMD strategies, policies, priorities, programs, and state of readiness. Additionally, the hearing will provide members an opportunity to examine the roles, responsibilities, and authorities of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs; the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Global Security; the U.S. Special Operations Command; and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.   
The Honorable Jennifer Walsh
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Global Security
Performing the Duties of Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
Dr. Brandi C. Vann, PhD 
Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs
Vice Admiral Timothy G. Szymanski
Deputy Commander
U.S. Special Operations Command 
Dr. Rhys M. Williams
Acting Director, Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Subcommittees on Strategic Forces and International Development, International Organizations and Global Corporate Social Impact Hearing: “Creating a Framework for Rules Based Order in Space”
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
(3:00 p.m. ET – Virtual via WebEx – Open)
Purpose: The Subcommittees will convene to discuss why verifiable and enforceable, international rules-based order would be beneficial to govern activities in space. Discussion will focus on areas identified by the Departments of State and Defense regarding establishing norms for conduct in space, and how a rules-based order framework would more clearly define the military’s role when it comes their operations in space. The witnesses will also address aspects of the Outer Space Treaty, implications for commercial and scientific activity, United States priorities on space policy in the United Nations, and the role of international organizations in establishing norms and rules.
Lieutenant General Stephen Whiting
Commander, Space Operations Command
United States Space Force
U.S. Department of Defense
Mr. John D. Hill
Performing the Duties of Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy
U.S. Department of Defense

Mr. Bruce Turner
Senior Bureau Official
Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance
U.S. Department of State
Mr. Jonathan M. Moore
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary
Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs
U.S. Department of State
Subcommittee on Readiness Hearing: “Ship and Submarine Maintenance: Sustainment Considerations for a Changing Fleet”
Thursday, May 6, 2021
(3:00 p.m. ET – Virtual via WebEx – Open)
Purpose: An unclassified hearing with representatives from the Navy to discuss the Navy’s efforts to improve the affordability and timeliness of its ship and submarine maintenance enterprise. The witnesses will also discuss the Navy’s new optimized fleet response plan, COVID-19 impacts to ship and submarine impacts, and its planning for sustaining a reconfigured fleet.
Vice Admiral William J. Galinis
Naval Sea Systems Command
Rear Admiral Eric Ver Hage
Surface Ship Maintenance and Modernization (SEA 21)
Naval Sea Systems Command
Rear Admiral Howard B. Markle
Deputy Commander
Logistics, Maintenance, and Industrial Operations (SEA 04)
Naval Sea Systems Command


We strongly recommend that members of the media view hearings remotely. The Capitol currently has restricted access, and non-credentialed media will not be able to access House Office Buildings. Only credentialed members of the media will be allowed access to the press viewing area in committee hearing rooms and must RSVP to their respective press gallery no later than 3:00 p.m. the day prior to the hearing they wish to attend.