Barring a Republican takeover of the US Senate, Senator Jack Reed is poised to take over the chairmanship in 2015 of the Senate Armed Services Committee. That's due to just-announced plans by the current chair, Senator Carl Levin of Michigan, to not seek re-election next year.
Of course, Reed himself must win re-election next year. But he's a strong bet, considering how he has what is considered the safest seat in the US Senate.
Should he win next November, Reed will be the senior Democrat on the Armed Services Committee.
Reed's knowledge of military issues is informed by his status as a West Point graduate and former Army Ranger. He's been a frequently speculated upon choice as a future defense secretary; Reed has said all the while he wants to remain in the Senate.