James Mattis is sworn in as Defense Secretary by Vice President Mike Pence.
Read Mattis’ Rousing Memo To The DoD
After his confirmation, Defense Secretary James Mattis wrote a memo to his new department.
Naval vessels from five nations sail in parade formation for a rare photographic opportunity at sea.
Carrying ‘A Big Stick’ Isn’t Enough — America Has To Use It
National security expert Eliot Cohen suggests that soft power isn’t always enough.
Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta delivers remarks to the Center for Strategic and International Studies dinner  and meeting in Washington, D.C., October 4, 2012.
Leon Panetta On Why Civilian Control Of The Military Is Important
In an exclusive interview with Task & Purpose, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta explains why it’s important for civilians to maintain control of the military.
U.S. Army Reserve Maj. Lisa Jaster, center, became the third woman to graduate from the U.S. Army’s elite Ranger School, Oct. 16, 2015, in Fort Benning, Ga. Jaster, 37, joins just two other women, Capt. Kristen Griest, 26, left, and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver, 25, right, in gaining the coveted Ranger tab.
10 Rules To Help Women Entering Combat Arms Succeed
The advice is garnered from the experience of women who have served in combat units in the U.S. as well as some foreign militaries.
Marine Corps Cpl. Benjamin Peagler yells out an order to his team while participating in a platoon assault drill as a part of Exercise Cold Response 16 on range U-3 in Frigard, Norway, Feb. 23, 2016.
Real Leaders Don’t Motivate Their Troops By Being Angry
Getting angry might be emotionally satisfying, but it’s usually ineffective as a means of motivating people.
Lieutenant Gen. James N. Mattis, Commanding General, U.S. Marine Forces Central Command and I Marine Expeditionary Force, visits with a Marine at Camp Taqaddum's Shock and Surgical Trauma Platoon facility on Sep. 13, 2006.
15 Things Mattis Taught Me About Real Leadership
Mad Dog is the wrong nickname for a man who never yells and supports his people first, last, and always.
An U.S. Army cultural support team member with the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force scans the terrain while sitting in the back of a Humvee in Sarobi district, Afghanistan, Dec. 6, 2013.
An Infantry Master Sgt On Why Leaders Need To Embrace Gender Integration
A 26-year infantry NCO argues that military leaders at every echelon need to lead the way in terms of accepting and embracing this directive.
Marines pose with General James Mattis, Commanding General, CENTCOM, at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sunday, May 8, 2011. S.K. Vemmer/Dep
Being SecDef Could Ruin Mattis’ Legacy
Though many see Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis as perfect for Defense secretary, there are some downsides too.
Maj. Gen. Russell Sanborn, commanding general, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, speaks with Capt. Jeffrey Ward, commanding officer of amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) in the hangar bay.
General’s Experience As POW Is A Lesson For Young Marines
The Code of Conduct is a valuable lesson for dealing with many of life’s adversities.
Photo from a protest against waterboarding, on the occasion of Condoleezza Rice's visit to Iceland, by Campaign Against Military Bases.
Don’t Wait Until The Trump Administration Gives An Illegal Order To Think About How You’ll Respond
The president-elect has backed off a little, but Mike Pence says the administration won’t rule anything out.
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Heather Pavlic, 7th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, shows Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody her dormitory April 6, 2015, at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas.
Why Everyone Benefits When Male Leaders Mentor Women
A new book by two Naval Academy professors argues that men and women both benefit from mentoring across gender lines.
Life-like replicas of superheroes are displayed in Richard Cornwell’s office at the Alaska National Guard Central Issue Facility on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. Cornwell is a CIF materials handler and artist who paints murals and art focusing on super heroes as a hobby.
‘Action Man’ Or ‘Planning Man’: Know Your Role At Every Level Of Command
The organization suffers when leaders forget the level at which they’re supposed to lead.
U.S. Marine Recruits with B. Co., 1st Battalion, and O. Co., 4th Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment, receive a class on U.S. Marine Corps history at Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) Albany, Ga., Oct. 7, 2016.
The Consequences Of Gender Segregation In Marine Boot Camp
The segregation of men and women at this most foundational level of indoctrination reinforces negative stereotypes about the abilities of servicewomen over their entire careers.