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Mattis offers optimism, avoids talking Trump during speech in Spokane

The former defense secretary avoided his reportedly tumultuous tenure in President Donald Trump’s White House. Instead, he offered an optimistic view of America that he said would be well-served by preparing young people to make sacrifices for its preservation.

Shawn Vestal: The jokes were great, General Mattis, but let’s get serious

Gen. Jim Mattis is speaking in Spokane on Thursday night. The appearance by the former Secretary of Defense comes in the wake of a growing chorus of observers calling upon him to raise his voice and make a clearer case for his obvious concerns about the president he briefly served.

Charles Lane: Mattis shows way on defying Trump

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has shown us a third possible answer to the bureaucrat’s dilemma: Limit the damage Trump does while you’re in office, resign over policy disagreements when they get too wide – but refrain from overt, public condemnation of the commander in chief during or after your service.

Mattis resignation letter lays out challenges for successor

The extraordinary resignation letter that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis handed to a surprised President Donald Trump was not just a product of two years of accumulating frustration with an impulsive boss, but an outline of the strategic hazards facing the next Pentagon chief.

Mattis: Military already moving equipment to southern border

The U.S. military has already begun delivering jersey barriers to the southern border in conjunction with plans to deploy active duty troops there, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said as a caravan of Central Americans slowly heads across Mexico toward the United States.

Pentagon redoing space defenses, but will Trump demand more?

President Donald Trump wants a Space Force, a new military service he says is needed to ensure American dominance in space. But the idea is gaining little traction at the Pentagon, where the president’s defense chief, Jim Mattis, says it would add burdensome bureaucracy and unwanted costs.

Mattis warns China over ‘militarization’ of South China Sea

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Saturday raised the prospect of additional American steps against China if its “militarization” of the South China Sea keeps apace. He said Beijing was intimidating and coercing others in the region by putting weapons systems on manmade islands.

Mattis says U.S. competitive warfighting edge has eroded

Countering China’s rapidly expanding military and an increasingly aggressive Russia are now the U.S. military’s top national security priorities, outpacing the threat of terrorism, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday. He said competition with those adversaries has threatened America’s military advantage around the world.

Mattis: ‘Storm clouds gathering’ over Korean Peninsula

“Storm clouds are gathering” over the Korean Peninsula, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis declared Friday. And as diplomats try to resolve the nuclear standoff, he told soldiers that the U.S. military must do its part by being ready for war.

Pentagon chief accuses North Korea of threatening ‘catastrophe’

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis accused North Korea on Friday of building a nuclear arsenal to “threaten others with catastrophe” and said the Trump administration remains committed to compelling the North to accept complete nuclear disarmament.

Questions loom as Mattis visits South Korea: Can diplomacy work?

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is visiting the Korean Peninsula at a momentous juncture in the faltering effort to persuade Pyongyang to halt and dismantle its nuclear weapons program. Ominous questions hang in the air. Is diplomacy failing? Is war approaching?

Trump studying options for new approach to Afghan war

President Donald Trump huddled with his top national security aides in the seclusion of Camp David on Friday, trying to formulate a winning Afghanistan strategy after 16 frustrating years of war.

Transgender troops: A presidential tweet is not an order

Unmoved by President Donald Trump’s proclamation-by-Twitter, top Pentagon leaders declared on Thursday they’ll allow transgender troops to remain in uniform until Defense Secretary Jim Mattis receives an authoritative directive to remove them.

Trump hands to Pentagon decisions on troop levels in Afghanistan

President Donald Trump’s decision to allow his Pentagon chief to set U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan won’t mean an immediate infusion of troops but should improve management of the war effort, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday. Still missing: an overall Trump strategy for America’s longest conflict.