Military & National Security

Our women and men in uniform make up the strongest, best-trained, most well-equipped military in the world. New Mexicans have long answered the call of duty to serve. This tradition runs deep in our state’s history, and at times New Mexico has had the highest rate of military volunteerism of any state in the country.  As a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, I am firmly committed to ensuring that our military and intelligence communities have the tools they need to keep our nation safe, fight terrorism, and support our allies. With military bases at Cannon, Holloman, Kirtland, and White Sands Missile Range, and two national laboratories, New Mexico plays a pivotal role in our national security and defense, and are at the forefront of research and development that contribute to our country’s safety.

I am also strong supporter of human and constitutional rights, and believe in the notion that America can be both safe and free. I opposed the authorization of the PATRIOT Act and was an active proponent of doing away with the discriminatory military policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”


  • Heinrich Secures Major Wins For New Mexico In Annual Defense Spending Bill

    Aug. 2, 2018) - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced provisions he secured in the fiscal year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that support New Mexico's men and women in uniform, military installations, national laboratories, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), and job-creating initiatives throughout the state. The bill includes an amendment sponsored by Senator Heinrich to establish the nation's first U.S. policy on cyber warfare. Read More

  • Senator admits he's been targeted by possible Russian hackers

    Senator Heinrich, Democrat from New Mexico and a member of the Intelligence Committee, gives insight into Russian hacking and admits he and his family have been targeted: "In today's world that kind of activity, especially spear-fishing, happens all the time," adding, “You certainly can’t be shocked" if the hackers were backed by the Russian government. Read More

  • Heinrich Statement On Facebook Announcement On Election Meddling

    U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement today after Facebook announced that it removed 32 Pages and accounts from Facebook and Instagram that showed connections to and activity consistent with previous Russian disinformation efforts: Read More

  • Heinrich Honors Intelligence Professionals for Service to Nation

    U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, is honoring the courage and dedication of the men and women of the U.S. intelligence community by introducing a bipartisan resolution designating today, July 26, 2018 as "United States Intelligence Professionals Day." Read More

  • Udall, Heinrich Oppose Letting Putin Question U.S. Officials

    U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich today voted for a resolution affirming Congress' opposition to making U.S. diplomats, officials, and members of the Armed Forces available for questioning by the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The resolution comes after President Trump expressed an openness to a request by Putin to question former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul and other Americans, calling the request part of "an incredible offer." Then, just yesterday, the Trump administration again refused to rule out such an arrangement with the Russians. Read More

  • Heinrich To Participate In Groundbreaking Of NNSA Albuquerque Complex Project

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - On Monday, July 2 at 9:30 a.m., U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) will participate in the groundbreaking ceremony of the new Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Albuquerque Complex Project in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The project will provide a modern, safe, and secure workspace for approximately 1,200 employees who support NNSA’s vital national security missions.  Read More

  • Senate Intel Committee Passes 2019 Intelligence Authorization Act

    U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich voted to advance the Matthew Young Pollard Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019. This legislation, which unanimously passed the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence yesterday, authorizes funding for key intelligence priorities, including programs to address threats emanating from Russia, North Korea, China, and Iran, and enhances congressional oversight of the U.S. Intelligence Community.  Read More