WASHINGTON — President Trump announced he will nominate former U.S. Ambassador and gubernatorial candidate from Arizona Barbara Barrett to be the next secretary of the Air Force.
“I am pleased to announce my nomination of Barbara Barrett of Arizona, and former Chairman of the Aerospace Corporation, to be the next Secretary of the Air Force,” Trump tweeted on Tuesday. “She will be an outstanding Secretary! #FlyFightWin”
In 2008 and 2009, Barrett was U.S. Ambassador to Finland under President George W. Bush. She also served as senior advisor to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, is a former chairman of the State Department’s Women’s Economic Empowerment Working Group, U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy and U.S. Secretary of Commerce’s Export Conference.
From 2013 until 2017, Barrett served as chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Aerospace Corporation, a federally funded research and development center that advises the Defense Department on national security and military space systems. Barrett also was chairman of the Aerospace board. Originally elected to the Aerospace board in 2006, she served until her confirmation as U.S. ambassador to Finland in 2008. Following completion of her service in Finland, she was reelected to the Aerospace board in ...