Highest ranking female Air Force fighter pilot fired from overseeing top secret DOD programs
WASHINGTON — The Air Force’s highest ranking female fighter pilot was removed from her job leading the Pentagon office responsible for overseeing some of the military’s closest-held secret programs, defense officials said Tuesday.
Maj. Gen. Dawn Dunlop was removed from her position as the director of the Defense Department’s Special Access Programs Central Office on May 31 by Ellen Lord, the Pentagon’s acquisition chief, according to the officials. The office, known as SAPCO, is responsible for oversight of the Pentagon’s special access programs, which are highly classified projects that require security and safeguards beyond the scope of typical secret information.
“The department can confirm that as of May 31, 2019, Air Force Maj. Gen. Dawn Dunlop is no longer the director for the Department’s Special Access Programs Central Office,” Air Force Lt. Col. Michael Andrews, a Pentagon spokesman, said in a statement. “The department will not provide any additional comments.”
Andrews did say Dunlop had been moved to serve as a special assistant to Stephen Wilson, the Air Force’s vice chief of staff.
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