Deborah Lee James, 23rd Secretary of the Air Force


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U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James is responsible for a $139 billion budget and the welfare of nearly 660,000 active-duty, guard, reserve and civilian Airmen and their families. Sec. James says this awesome responsibility is the "honor and privilege" of her career, which includes 30-plus years in senior homeland and national security roles in both the public and private sector. Addressing Donald Trump's comments, Sec. James says "I can tell you the United States military is not any sort of disaster. It is the best military on the planet." In addition to her personal story, Sec. James discusses current events — including the operation to liberate Mosul from ISIL, the humanitarian crisis in Aleppo, Russia's provocations in the Baltics, and tensions in the South China Sea. "This is the most complex period we have ever faced during the three decades I’ve been on the scene," Sec. James says in this episode of Fortune Unfiltered, recorded at Fortune's Most Powerful Women summit on Oct. 19.

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