Securing Tomorrow with Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson
On Wednesday, July 25, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson sat down for an in-depth interview with Washington Post columnist and associate editor David Ignatius. They discussed America’s military readiness, the role of women in combat and her response to President Trump’s recent call to create a Space Force, an independent sixth branch of the military. Secretary Wilson, a United States Air Force Academy graduate who served as an Air Force officer from 1982 to 1989, also detailed her plans for modernizing the Air Force and evaluated emerging national security threats facing the United States.
Highlights
U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson says she is "very glad" that President Trump and others are talking about how to better protect and defend America in space.
U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson describes potential threats America faces from adversaries in space, acknowledging that some of our adversaries may already have weapons in space.
U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson sends a message to U.S. adversaries saying "have no doubt" that, if challenged, the Air Force will defend America in space.
U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson discusses the offensive advantages of hypersonic weapons, which can travel at five-to-six times the speed of sound.
U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson lays out modernization plans for the Air Force: "Our roots are in the innovators," Wilson said.
U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson discusses new initiatives to inspire more women to enter science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. "Sometimes the way in which we talk about engineering is not resonating with our daughters, and it is with our sons," Wilson said.
Guest
Heather Wilson
Secretary of the Air Force
Heather Wilson is the 24th Secretary of the Air Force and is responsible for the affairs of the Department of the Air Force, including the organizing, training and equipping and providing for the welfare of 670,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve, and civilian forces as well as their families. From 1998 to 2009, Wilson was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, where she served on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Interviewed by David Ignatius
David Ignatius is a Columnist for The Washington Post. He writes a twice-a-week foreign affairs column and contributes to the PostPartisan blog.
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