Air Force Nominee Heather Wilson Says to Prioritize Space Threat Awareness

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Heather Wilson

Heather Wilson, the White House’s nominee for the U.S. Air Force secretary post, has said she plans to prioritize efforts to raise awareness of threats to space assets once confirmed, Space News reported Friday.

Phillip Swarts writes Wilson, a former U.S. representative from New Mexico, told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee during her confirmation hearing Thursday that space will continue to be a “contested domain in any future conflict.”

She added she would seek to introduce changes to the Air Force’s acquisition process and advance efforts to increase the service branch’s investment in research and development initiatives.

Prior to the hearing, Wilson also responded to written questions about space such as her commitment to ceasing U.S. reliance’s on Russian-built RD-180 rocket engines as well as support to competition in the launch of national security payloads and development of offensive capabilities for space control to help counter threats to space assets, the report added.

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