United States Air Force Acting Secretary Eric Fanning in conversation with Stephanie Gaskell, Associate Editor, Defense One
Eric Fanning is the Acting Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C. He was confirmed as the 24th Under Secretary of the Air Force on April 18, 2013, and began to serve in the additional role of Acting Secretary of the Air Force June 21, 2013. He is responsible for the affairs of the Department of the Air Force, including the organizing, training, equipping and providing for the welfare of its more than 333,000 men and women on active duty, 178,000 members of the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve, 182,000 civilians, and their families. He also oversees the Air Force's annual budget of more than $110 billion.
By law, Mr. Fanning also serves as the Chief Management Officer of the Air Force, responsible for the efficient and effective management of Air Force resources and providing for the welfare of more than 333,000 active duty men and women, 178,000 Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve members, and 182,000 civilians. As under secretary, he is the senior Air Force energy official and the focal point for space operations, policy and acquisition issues on the Air Force staff. He serves as co-chair of the top Air Force corporate decision making body, the Air Force Council, and also leads the Air Force Space Board, the Air Force Energy Council, the Force Management and Development Council, and numerous other Air Force decision making bodies.
Stephanie Gaskell is associate editor and senior reporter for Defense One. She previously covered the Pentagon for Politico. Gaskell has covered war, politics and breaking news for nearly 20 years, including at the Associated Press, the New York Post and the New York Daily News. She has reported from Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantanamo and the World Trade Center site after 9/11. She has also launched and edited two blogs, War Zone and The War Report.
Eric Fanning, Acting Secretary of The U.S. Air Force talks about rising personnel costs in the Air Force and in the military broadly, and what needs to happen going forward to address these rising costs.