On this episode of the AEI Events Podcast, Mackenzie Eaglen sits down with Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson. From cutting-edge hypersonic missiles to humble propeller-driven attack aircraft intended for counterterrorism operations, Secretary Wilson previewed experimental programs that will provide tomorrow’s airmen with the capabilities they need to fly, fight, and win. The secretary also articulated her concept of “defendable space” meant to revolutionize how the Air Force acquires and operates systems for use outside the stratosphere.

Asked to reflect on the most important lesson from her storied career, Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson noted that nothing is more critical than living by a consistent set of values.

Implementing these changes requires not only great leaders but also an effective team. Few could match the Air Force in this regard; Secretary Wilson noted that when parents were asked which military service they thought their child should join, most said the Air Force.

This event took place on April 20, 2018.

Watch the full event here.

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  1. Joe D. Lincoln
    Joe D.
    @JosephDornisch

    I need more monies, we’re not flying officers around for free on our jets, or sending our married soldiers off on retreats or a myriad of other things, or experimenting with crazy diversity initiatives, or trying to power everything with ethanol. How about before you go asking the tax payer for more money for more weapons to fight more wars we’d rather not be involved in, if you first cut things back to your core missions.

    Why do we need pilot testing locations in prime real estate locations (Geiger Key for example). Or for that matter, why do we have bases in some of the most expensive areas of the world (Stuttgart Germany – some ally by the way).

    Oh and by the way, I’m planning on joining Space Force any day now. I can only imagine what a boondoggle whatever results from that will be for us taxpayers.

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