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.
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.
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.
James Mattis, the Marine Corps general-turned secretary of defense, is known for many things, including his prolific reading list. We know everyone jokes that Marines can’t read, but Mattis has probably perused more books in a year than most people manage in a lifetime.