On Tuesday, United States President Donald Trump announced that he had nominated a former ambassador and Arizona businesswoman to lead the Air Force.
Barbara Barrett, 68, served as the US ambassador to Finland from 2008 to 2009 under the George W. Bush administration. She also chaired an aeronautics research and development centre, The Aerospace Corporation, until 2017.
“She will be an outstanding Secretary!” Trump tweeted.
A former lawyer and test pilot, Barrett is also a board member at the Rand Corporation, a think tank that provides research and analysis to the US armed forces.
She and her husband Craig, the former CEO of American technology giant Intel, are major Republican donors. Barrett ran for governor of Arizona on the GOP ticket in 1994, the first woman to do so, but she failed to secure her party’s nomination.