Advantage in Defense Strategic Competition: How the U.S. Air and Space Force Embrace Diverse Talent, Tech

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Off the Record
Foreign Policy Association

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Wednesday, March 30, 2022
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM 
New York City Bar Association
42 West 44th Street
New York , NY
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Event Description

Please join Off the Record and the Foreign Policy Association as we welcome Secretary Gina Ortiz Jones, the United States Under Secretary for the Air Force. This hybrid event will have an in-person component hosted at the New York City Bar Association (42 West 44th Street) as well as virtual attendance via Zoom. You can register for the in-person event via eventbrite:

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Event Speakers

    • Gina Ortiz Jones - Speaker
      Under Secretary, U.S. Air Force

      Gina Ortiz Jones, age 41,  is currently the Under Secretary of the U.S. Air Force, the second highest-ranking civilian leader.  She was nominated by President Biden and unanimously confirmed by the Senate in July 2021. A Filipina American, she is the first woman of color and the second member of the LGBTQ+ community to become the under secretary of any military branch. Under Secretary Jones is responsible for organizing, training, and equipping the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force. They include approximately 697,000 men and women on active duty, Guard Reserve and civilian airmen, guardians and their families worldwide. She oversees the department’s annual budget of more than $205 billion and directs strategy and policy development, risk management, weapons acquisition, technology investments, and human resource management. Under Secretary Jones also served as an intelligence officer and was deployed to Iraq, working on close air support operations.  After separating from active duty, she served on the Defense Intelligence Agency as an inaugural member of the U.S. Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany and in the Libya Crisis Intelligence Cell, among other assignments. She tweets @UnderSecAF.

    • Gina Ortiz Jones

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