Washington, DC — The Truman Center for National Policy and Truman National Security Project commend President Biden on his nomination of two key members of the Truman community, Board Member Frank Kendall and Defense Council Member Gina Ortiz Jones, to top positions leading the United States Air Force.
Kendall, an independent consultant to defense industry firms with more than four decades of experience, has been nominated as Secretary of the Air Force. Ortiz Jones, an Air Force veteran, has been nominated as Undersecretary of the Air Force. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, she will become the first woman of color to hold the post.
“Frank Kendall is one of this nation’s top thinkers at the intersection of defense and advanced technologies. His track record of principled leadership makes him an outstanding choice to lead the Air Force at this critical time for our country. His tenure on Truman’s boards of directors has contributed directly to the growth and strategic direction of the organization and we have benefited enormously from his sage counsel,” said Jenna Ben-Yehuda, Truman President and CEO. “Gina represents the best of what Truman’s membership of next generation national security leaders has to offer: she combines deep, varied experience with an enduring commitment to democratic values and an energy born of her unique experience. She will be a tremendous asset to the Air Force at an important moment of transformation.”