Deborah Lee James, president of Science Applications International Corp.‘s (NYSE: SAI) technology and engineering sector, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as Air Force secretary, Defense News reported Thursday.
Jeff Schogol writes James, if confirmed, would become the second female civilian head in the branch’s history.
Obama said in a statement that James’ leadership and public service experience makes her a qualified candidate for the position.
“I look forward to working with her to keep our Air Force the very best in the world and to keep faith with our extraordinary Air Force personnel and their families, ” the President said.
Before joining SAIC, James was the assistant defense secretary for reserve affairs and a staff member at House armed services panel.
She also served as vice president of international operations and marketing at United Technologies Corp.
The report notes Eric Fanning has been the AF secretary on an interim basis since Michael Donley stepped down in June.