Air Force nominee Barrett calls for assertive U.S. posture on space, says Space Force is a ‘key imperative’12 Sep 2019, 13:50 UTC
WASHINGTON — Former U.S. ambassador Barbara Barrett, the president’s nominee to be the next secretary of the Air Force, said the United States has to prepare to defend its assets in space and deter adversaries by investing in advanced space technology, training and education. In testimony on Thursday. Barrett voiced strong support for the Trump administration’s proposal to establish a a separate military space service under the Department of the Air Force. She said standing up a Space Force is a “key imperative.”
Barrett appeared in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee at a joint confirmation hearing with Army secretary nominee Ryan McCarthy. A full Senate vote on their nominations is scheduled for Sept. 19.
Trump announced on May 21 he had selected Barrett to replace former secretary Heather Wilson, but the actual nomination was submitted to the Senate Sept. 9. Since Wilson’s departure May 31, undersecretary Matt Donovan has served as acting secretary.
Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee already have indicated they will back her nomination. Barrett was introduced at the hearing by fellow Arizonan Sen. Martha McSally. McSally called Barrett a “phenomenal choice” to be secretary of the Air Force.
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