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Jim Mattis

Jim Mattis became the 26th defense secretary Jan. 20, 2017. During more than four decades in uniform, he commanded Marines at all levels, including in combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Following his retirement from the U.S. Marine Corps in 2013, Secretary Mattis served as the Davies Family Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, specializing in the study of leadership, national security, strategy, innovation and the effective use of military force.

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis speaks during a joint press conference with Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada following a meeting between the two leaders at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo, Feb. 4, 2017. DoD photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith
Mattis Says U.S. Remains Committed to Japan Alliance Story | Video | Flickr Album | Transcript | Travels | Special Report
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, left, speaks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, second from right, and Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada, right, in Tokyo, Feb. 3, 2017. DoD photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith
Mattis Highlights Long-Term Alliance With Japan Story | Flickr Album | Travels | Special Report
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, center left, greets South Korean National Security Advisor Kim Kwan-ji during a visit to Seoul, South Korea, Feb. 2, 2017. DoD photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith
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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, center left, meets with South Korean National Security Advisor Kim Kwan-jin during a visit to Seoul, South Korea, Feb. 2, 2017. DoD photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith
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