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The White House announced on Friday night that President Donald Trump intends to nominate Army Secretary Mark Esper to be the next Secretary of Defense.

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James. Jim, sure. Jimbo, maybe. Mad Dog, never. "Chaos," always.

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has a little over a month to determine a ruling on the military’s transgender policy, with a July 1 deadline set by his predecessor, Ash Carter, rapidly approaching.

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Combat valor awards are often given to service members months or years after the action is carried out, as nominations stall within the Pentagon’s bureaucracy, but Defense Secretary Jim Mattis believes this is unacceptable. And it turns out that one of his first initiatives in taking office was to change that.

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On Tuesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called out Defense Secretary Jim Mattis for being "unprofessional" after he stood by a U.S. general that claimed Russia may be providing weapons to the Taliban in Afghanistan.

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Across America, civilians, service members, and government officials are generally pleased knowing that retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis is running the Defense Department with stabby proficiency. In fact, he’s so efficient that The Business Journals believe most corporate executives could learn a thing or two about holding meetings from him — namely, that most office assemblies are largely pointless, but can be productive if you’re a Mattis.

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