Donald Trump reportedly selected James Mattis aka ‘Mad Dog’ as his secretary of defense on Dec. 1, filling another position in his new administration! Don’t know much about the retired U.S. Marine Corps General? Learn all about him before the presidential inauguration here!
1.) James Mattis has a prestigious background.
He’s a retired United States Marine Corps general who served from Aug. 11, 2010 to March 22, 2013. President Obama appointed him to replace General Petraeus on Aug. 11, 2010. James is known for implementing the COIN strategy, which aims at containing insurgency (a rebellion against authority) and addressing its root causes.
2.) James was reportedly chosen as Donald Trump’s new secretary of defense.
The President-Elect selected James for the role on his coming administration on Dec. 1, sources with knowledge of the transition told CNN. If James was indeed chosen, it would mean he would be the leader and chief executive officer of the Department of Defense. The official announcement won’t be until next week however.
3.) In order to be appointed the job, it would involve change.
James will need Congress to pass new legislation to bypass a federal law in order to be secretary of defense. The current one states that defense secretaries must not have been on active duty in the last seven years. Interestingly, there has only been one similar exception in 1950, when General George C. Marshall was appointed the job.
4.) James has some pretty epic nicknames.
He’s been called “Mad Dog,” and “Warrior Monk.” James has received a lot of respect as a retired four-star general, especially for his leadership of Marines in the 2004 Battle of Falluja in Iraq. However, he also faced controversy the very next year for saying, “it’s fun to shoot some people” while addressing service members.
5.) He’s a life-long bachelor.
James graduated from the U.S. Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School, U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and the National War College. He devoted his life to studying and fighting war, thus giving him the name “Warrior Monk.” James has never been married and has no children.
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