Report from Headquarters

Secretary of the Air Force Visits Space Foundation

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Secretary of the Air Force Visits Space Foundation Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley toured the Space Foundation world headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., in January during his visit to the state with President Barack Obama.

Also touring with Donley, were Lt. Gen. Michael J. Basla, vice commander, Air Force Space Command, and Brig. Gen. Margaret B. Poore, senior military assistant to the Secretary.

In 2010, Donley was a featured speaker at the Space Foundation’s 26th National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs. Register for this year’s 28th National Space Symposium at

About Donley
Donley has more than 30 years of experience in the national security community, including service on Senate, White House and Pentagon staffs. During his career, he has been involved in strategy and policymaking at the highest levels and is a recognized expert in national security organization, planning and budgeting. Sworn in as secretary of the Air Force in October 2008, he is responsible for organizing, training, equipping and providing for the welfare of more than 300,000 men and women on active Air Force duty, 180,000 members of the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve, 160,000 civilians and their families.

Previously, Donley served as director of administration and management for the Department of Defense Organizational and Management Planning group. He has served as senior vice president at Hicks and Associates, Inc., a subsidiary of SAIC; senior fellow at the Institute for Defense Analyses; acting secretary of the Air Force and assistant secretary of the Air Force (Financial Management and Comptroller); and deputy executive secretary and director of Defense Programs for the National Security Council. He holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in international relations from the University of Southern California and served three years in the United States Army with the XVIIIth Airborne Corps and 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne).

Pictured: Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley takes a tour of Space Foundation world headquarters, led by Space Foundation CEO Elliot Pulham.


This article is part of Space Watch: February 2012 (Volume: 11, Issue: 2).