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Barbara Barrett is the 25th Secretary of the Air Force and is responsible for the affairs of the Department of the Air Force, including organizing, training, equipping and providing for the welfare of 685,000 active duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian Airmen and their families. She also oversees the Air Force’s annual budget of more than $205 billion. Secretary Barrett directs the development of strategy and policy, risk management, weapons acquisition, technology investments and human resource management across a global enterprise. As the head of the Department of the Air Force, she is responsible for implementing decisions of the President and Congress and for fulfilling Combatant Commanders’ current and future operational requirements.