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- May 26, 2023
USAF Secretary Heather Wilson Resigns
U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson has resigned her position to become president of the University of Texas at El Paso, officials confirmed today.
Her resignation is effective on May 31. She assumed office on May 16, 2017, meaning her tenure will last just over two years.
“I am proud of the progress that we have made in restoring out nation’s defense,” Wilson said in a statement. “We have cut years out of acquisition schedules and gotten better prices through competition; we have repealed hundreds of superfluous regulations; and we have strengthened our ability to deter and dominate in space.”
The Air Force secretary had clashed with the White House over the proposed Space Force. President Donald Trump wanted it to be a separate, sixth branch of the Armed Forces. Wilson, whose views prevailed in a proposal now before Congress, wanted it to be a new command within the Air Force.
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this is an enormous loss
I’d say it’s more like good riddance. Having demonstrated herself to be a formidable resister of much-needed reform at USAF, she’s now very well qualified to begin resisting equally much-needed reform at one of our nation’s rapidly decaying institutions of higher learning.
you have so far demonstrated here that you have zero expertise to make that judgment
As usual, you don’t want to address the actual argument so you seize on my alleged lack of “expertise.” Why don’t we try sticking to the obvious facts of the situation. Wilson proved to be an utterly typical service secretary, defending her service like a junkyard dog in the face of its obvious and long-standing derelictions and stupidities. She chose USAF turf protection over the best interests of the nation. She also scrupled to oppose her boss, the Commander in Chief. I’d say he was fairly magnanimous in letting her stay on until she lined up another gig.
Convincing you of anything – especially anything the least bit obvious – is an exercise in futility on par with teaching pigs to sing barbershop quartets.
she stood up against an idiot who has as much expertise on the subject as you do or less. Wilson moved toward a robust field of access to space, which is essential for the military and US intel agencies to do their job there. the policies she set in motion will make access to space easier and cheaper…plus she dodged lunacy programs like starship.