The US Air Force is adopting an Infrastructure Investment Strategy (abbreviated as I2S) praised and possibly created in part by former Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, despite the fact that Wilson has resigned.
The new strategy reportedly changes the way in which the USAF maintains its facilities, using a system that focuses on getting work done in a timely matter and preventing delays in installation upkeep.
“This new approach is going to make a difference on our bases for decades to come,” Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson said in an Air Force Release. “We’ll get more out of every dollar we are spending and, over time, we will improve the quality of life of our Airmen and their families.”
The USAF will now fund 2 percent of replacement value in buildings each year, and attempt to improve infrastructure significantly over the next two years.
“We will commit to a base level of funding and use data to inform decisions,” said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein. “Ultimately, this is about making targeted investments at the right time and in the right place. As an Air Force, we fight from our bases and must keep them ready to meet our national security challenges.”
Most importantly, the infrastructure will be updated to ensure that America maintains dominance in the air and in space.
“Infrastructure resilience is critical to our ability to fight, but the mission succeeds or fails at the squadron level,” said Brig. Gen. John Allen, the Air Force director of civil engineers who worked with his team at the Pentagon to get the strategy approved. “So we’re focused on supporting our civil engineer Airmen to sustain this strategy for the long haul.”
Wilson will officially step down in May of this year, and has since been nominated to be the president of the University of Texas- El Paso.
According to the El Paso Times, Wilson’s nomination has brought opposition due in part to some of Wilson’s public statements and her votes as a US congresswoman, particularly in regards to gay rights. In addition, she also supported the building the US-Mexico border fence in 2006.
However, Wilson said earlier this month that she would “approach to LGBT issues is to treat everyone with dignity and respect.”
Others have complained of the secretive nature of presidential selection within the university, and were hoping a Latino/Latina would be nominated.
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