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Secretary of the Air Force

Portrait of Deborah Lee James, Acting Secretary of the Air Force
(U.S. Air Force graphic/Corey Parrish)

Deborah Lee James is the Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C. She was confirmed as 23rd Secretary of the Air Force on Dec. 13, 2013, and was appointed to the position Dec. 20, 2013. She is responsible for the affairs of the Department of the Air Force, including organizing, training, equipping and providing for the welfare of its more than 664,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian Airmen and their families.

Biography

Viewpoints and Speeches

Remarks at Boston Air Force Innovation Forum
Remarks by Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, April 22, 2016, at the inaugural Air Force Innovation Forum in Boston.

Space Symposium Remarks
Remarks by Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, April 12, 2016, at  the 32nd Annual Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

- Remarks at the Opening at the FOB of the Future
Remarks by Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, March 22, 2016, at the opening of the FOB of the Future at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.

AFCEA TechNet Air Conference
Remarks by Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, March 22, 2016, at the AFCEA TechNet Air 2016 conference in San Antonio, Texas.

House Armed Services Committee (HASC) Oral Testimony
Opening oral testimony by Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, March 16, 2016, to the House Armed Services Committee in Washington, D.C.

Women in Aviation International Conference
Remarks by Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, March 11, 2016, at the Women in Aviation International Conference in Nashville, Tenn.

State of the Air Force Press Briefing March 7, 2016
Opening remarks during the press briefing by Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, March 7, 2016, on the State of the Air Force.

Air Warfare Symposium Keynote Feb. 2016
Remarks by Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, Feb. 26, 2016, during the Air Force Association's 2016 Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Fla.

Remarks at AFA Airpower Breakfast
Remarks by Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, Feb. 12, 2016, at the Air Force Association Airpower Breakfast in Arlington, Va.

Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC-D) Testimony
Testimony by Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, Feb. 10, 2016, to the Senate Appropriations Committee Defense subcommittee in Washington, D.C.

-National Press Club Speech
Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James speaks during a National Press Club event, Dec. 2, 2015, in Washington D.C.

- Media Event at Dubai Air Show
Media event by Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Lt. Gen. CQ Brown, Nov. 10, 2015, at the Dubai Air Show.

Women in Negotiation Summit
Remarks by Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, Oct. 1, 2015, at the Women in Negotiation Summit in New York City.

Airmen & Family Programs Senior Leader Town Hall
Remarks by CSAF Gen. Mark A. Welsh III & Mrs. Betty Welsh, SECAF Deborah Lee James and Mr. Frank Beatty, and CMSAF James Cody and Mrs. Athena Cody at the 2015 Air and Space Conference, Sept. 14, 2015, in National Harbor, Maryland.

Reinventing the Aerospace Nation
Remarks by Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James at the 2015 Air and Space Conference, Sept. 14, 2015, in National Harbor, Maryland.

- House Appropriations Committee (SAC-D) Testimony Opening Statement
Opening Statement by Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, Feb. 27, 2015, to the House Appropriations Committee Defense subcommittee in Washington, D.C.

Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC-D) Testimony
Testimony by Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, Feb. 25, 2015, to the Senate Appropriations Committee Defense subcommittee in Washington, D.C

State of the Force February 2015
Remarks by Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, Feb. 13, 2015, during the Air Force Association's 2015 Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Fla.

State of the Air Force January 2015 update
Press briefing by Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, Jan. 15, 2015, on the State of the Air Force

Defense Industrial Policy Series
Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James speaks during the Defense Industrial Policy Series Atlantic Council Jan. 14, 2015, in Washington, D.C.

State of the Air Force 
Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James speaks during the Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition, Sept. 15, 2014, in Washington, D.C.

State of the Air Force July 2014 Update 
Press briefing by Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, July 30, 2014, on the State of the Air Force. 

- Defense Writers Group by Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, June 18, 2014
Remarks by Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James at Defense Writers Group in Washington, D.C., June 18, 2014

- Press Briefing on the AFGSC CDI, FIP investigations update March 2014
Press briefing by Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Lt. Gen. Stephen Wilson, the commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, March 27, 2014.