A Strong National Defense
“Nothing is more important than keeping America safe, secure, and free. My top priority is protecting the homeland and ensuring that the United States Military remains both the strongest fighting force in the world, and also the greatest force for good.” – Senator Hassan
Senator Hassan is working across party lines to ensure that America’s service members have the support that they need to carry out their vital missions, to combat both foreign and domestic terrorist threats, and to confront any nation that may seek to break international norms or undermine American interests, including Russia, Iran, North Korea, and China.
As a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Senator Hassan has worked on bipartisan legislation to eliminate the ability of foreign terrorist organizations like ISIS and Al-Qaeda, or their followers, to attack the homeland by cracking down on terrorist financing and penalizing any country that supports, funds, or provides a safe haven to terrorists.
Senator Hassan also successfully worked to pass the bipartisan DHS Data Framework Act – which is now law – to help ensure that analysts at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) can more efficiently identify terrorist threats.
Due to the increasing number of cyber threats to government agencies and critical infrastructure, Senator Hassan introduced the bipartisan Hack DHS Act, which the President signed into law, to strengthen cyber defenses at DHS. The bipartisan Hack DHS Act utilizes ethical hackers to help identify unique and undiscovered vulnerabilities within DHS’s networks that bad actors could exploit.
Additionally, Senator Hassan worked to include critical priorities for New Hampshire and the entire country in the National Defense Authorization Act, including securing a pay raise for all U.S. military personnel and directing crucial funding for projects at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and the New Hampshire National Guard, which are integral to America’s security.
Senator Hassan is also working to pursue a range of bipartisan solutions to address the security and humanitarian challenges at the southern border. Senator Hassan has visited both the northern and southern borders to hear firsthand from agents on the ground about what resources and support they need.
Senator Hassan will continue fighting to ensure that all of America’s national security professionals – from the intelligence community to the military – have the resources and support that they need to strengthen national security and keep all Granite Staters and Americans safe, secure, and free.
September 23, 2021
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan today questioned top administration cybersecurity officials on ways to strengthen cybersecurity at all levels of government during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.Read More
September 21, 2021
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan participated in a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on the key national security threats facing the country 20 years after 9/11. During the hearing, the Senator questioned Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and FBI Director Christopher Wray on how the United States is preparing to protect the country against a possible resurgence of Al-Qaeda.Read More
September 17, 2021
Senator Hassan Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill to Address Security Threat Posed by Huawei, Other Chinese State-Backed Tech Companies
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan cosponsored the bipartisan Secure Equipment Act of 2021 that would direct the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to close a loophole and help prevent telecommunications equipment sold by companies that pose a national security threat from being deployed in the United States. These companies include Chinese state-backed or directed firms such as Huawei, ZTE, Hytera, Hikvision, and Dahua.Read More
September 02, 2021
NEW BOSTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan yesterday toured the New Boston Space Force Station, which is part of the U.S. Space Force Delta 6 – Space Access and Cyberspace Operations, and met with military officials, civilian employees, and contractors to discuss American satellites and defense systems.
August 30, 2021
NEW HAMPSHIRE -- U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan issued the following statement on the news that all U.S. troops have left Afghanistan:
August 24, 2021
Senator Hassan and New Hampshire Cybersecurity Leaders Discuss Importance of State and Local Cybersecurity Funding in Bipartisan Infrastructure Package
MANCHESTER, NH - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan yesterday discussed the state and local cyber security grant program that she helped secure in the bipartisan infrastructure package at a roundtable at the University of New Hampshire at Manchester. In addition, New Hampshire now has a State Cybersecurity Coordinator following passage of the annual defense bill that included Senator Hassan’s provision to create this position in every state. Senator Hassan was joined by cybersecurity experts in New Hampshire, including Denis Goulet, Chief Information Officer for the State of New Hampshire, and other local leaders on cybersecurity, including those who have been directly impacted by cyberattacks.Read More
August 19, 2021
Senator Hassan Joins Bipartisan Effort Led by Shaheen, Ernst in Urging the Administration on Immediate Evacuation of SIV Applicants & Full Implementation of their SIV Legislation
( U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan joined a bipartisan efforts led by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Joni Ernst (R-IA) in urging the Biden administration to address the quickly deteriorating situation in Afghanistan that threatens the lives of tens of thousands of Afghan partners.Read More