Reported Selection of James Mattis for Defense Secretary Wins Praise

James Mattis

President-elect Donald Trump’s reported selection of Gen. James Mattis as the next secretary of defense is sending shockwaves through the defense community, where insiders are praising the retired Marine Corps general as a plain spoken realist who has the leadership ability to rebuild America’s military, according to conversations with multiple sources.

Jim Mattis Is Going to Make the Military Great Again

Gen. James Mattis

He commanded the first Marines to take the fight home to al Qaeda and the Taliban after 9/11. The first conventional U.S. troops into Afghanistan, these Marines made their way to Kandahar on the longest ship-to-shore assault in American history.