Will Space Force cost Heather Wilson her job?

(KEVN/KOTA TV) - Foreign Policy reports that Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson may be on the way out after the midterm elections.

The story is that Wilson, the former president of the School of Mines in Rapid City, is not aggressive enough in carrying out President Donald Trump’s directive to stand up a separate Space Force. Three sources reportedly told this to Foreign Policy.

The White House, according to Foreign Policy, denies that it was considering ousting Wilson.

Trump announced in June that he wanted a Space Force, entirely separate from the Air Force. The Air Force currently has primary responsibility for the Defense Department’s space role via Space Command.

A military memo that Associated Press reported on claims setting up a separate Space Force on par with the five other military branches would cost an estimated $13 billion over five years.

Besides her role as Mines president, Wilson was a U.S. House representative from 1998 to 2009, where she served on the Armed Services Committee, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the energy and Commerce Committee.

She was also on the National Security Council staff for President George H.W. Bush; and was an Air Force officer from 1982 to 1989.

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