Air ForceÂ Secretary Heather WilsonÂ has saidÂ the contract award for the service branchâs new trainer aircraft is likely to be delayed if Congress resorts to a continuing resolution to fund the Defense Department, Defense News reported Friday.
The report said the military branch is expected to award this year the T-X contract that covers the production of 350 trainer jets.
Wilson said in a Thursday interview a CR could also delay the Air Forceâs efforts to hire additional pilots and cybersecurity professionals.
âYou probably have a hard freeze, if not a chill, on hiring,â she said.
âThis becomes very quickly an extremely difficult problem.â
Wilson said she is concerned that issues such as Hurricane Harveyâs aftermath and North Koreaâs missile threats could divert Congressâ attention away from military funding efforts.