As of Friday, our new Secretary of Defense Gen. James Mattis who started implementing his plans immediately.
Starting off Mattis sent a letter to DoD employees:
“It’s good to be back and I’m grateful to serve alongside you as Secretary of Defense,” Mattis wrote. “Together with the Intelligence Community, we are the sentinels and guardians of our nation. We need only look to you, the uniformed and civilian members of the Department and your families, to see the fundamental unity of our country.”
“You represent an America committed to the common good; an America that is never complacent about defending its freedoms; and America that remains a steady beacon of hope for all mankind.
Every action we take will be designed to ensure our military is ready to fight today and in the future. Recognizing that no nation is secure without friends, we will work with the State Department to strengthen our alliances. Further, we are devoted to gaining full value from every taxpayer dollar spent on defense, thereby earning the trust of Congress and the American people.”
Mattis also showed trust in his team and believes in prompt results. His team is composed of people close to him since his days in the Defense Department.
“I am confident you will do your part,” he concluded. “I pledge to you I’ll do my best as your Secretary.”
In his letter he explained how he intends to resolve the issues that are ongoing and that have not been yet addressed.
On Friday, Mattis, was sworn in, as a result of the approval he received on behalf of President Donald Trump and Congress. This is the first time in years that a retired general was allowed to serve as secretary of defense.
In 2013, Mattis withdrew from the position of chief of U.S. Central Command.
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