Statement by Director of Defense Intelligence Garry Reid on Terrorist Attack

January 17, 2020 – Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for joining us. On January 13th of 2020, the attorney general announced the results of the Department of Justice investigation of the December 6th, 2019, attack at Naval Air Station Pensacola that resulted in the death of three U.S. service members and the wounding of eight other Americans. The…

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Naval Aviation Achieves SECDEF Readiness Target

September 24, 2019 – Commander, Naval Air Forces (CNAF) announced Sept. 24 that Naval Aviation has achieved its Secretary of Defense-mandated readiness target of an 80 percent mission-capable (MC) rate for both its operational F/A-18 E/F “Super Hornet” and EA-18G “Growler” fleets. After a year of reforms across Navy squadrons, maintenance and supply depots and other key readiness-enabling commands, Super…

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General Dynamics Elects Jim Mattis to Board of Directors

August 7, 2019 – The board of directors of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) has elected James N. Mattis to be a director of the corporation, effective August 7. Mattis, age 68, is the Davies Family Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He served as the 26th United States Secretary of Defense from January 2017 to December 2018.…

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James “Mad Dog” Mattis Resigns as SECDEF

December 20, 2018 – James N. Mattis became the 26th Secretary of Defense on January 20, 2017. A native of Richland, Washington, Secretary Mattis enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve at the age of 18. After graduating from Central Washington University in 1971, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his more than four…

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US Navy Flag Officer Announcements

Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis announced today that the president has made the following nominations: Navy Vice Adm. Christopher W. Grady for appointment to the rank of admiral, and for assignment as commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Norfolk, Virginia. Grady is currently serving as commander, Sixth Fleet; commander, Task Force Six; commander, Striking and Support Forces NATO; deputy commander,…

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US Navy Flag Officer Announcements

Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis announced today that the president has made the following nominations: Navy Rear Adm. Brian B. Brown for appointment to the rank of vice admiral, and for assignment as commander, Naval Information Forces, Suffolk, Virginia. Brown is currently serving as director, Warfare Integration Directorate, N2/N6F, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Pentagon, Washington, District…

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Carl Vinson to Visit Vietnam in March

The United States and Vietnam are “like-minded partners” that have a forward-looking relationship, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said today as he concluded a visit to the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi. Mattis and Vietnamese Defense Minister Ngo Xuan Lich met today to discuss regional security issues. The secretary said he also met with the president of Vietnam and the general…

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US Navy Flag Officer Announcements

Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis announced that the president has made the following nominations January 24th: Vice Adm. Matthew J. Kohler for reappointment to the grade of vice admiral and assignment as deputy chief of naval operations for information warfare, N2/N6, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations; and director of naval intelligence, Pentagon, Washington, District of Columbia. Kohler…

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Acquisitions Chief Details DoD Efforts to Speed, Reform Acquisition Processes

By Jim Garamone Defense Department is charging ahead in using new authorities to streamline, speed up and reform the acquisition system to ensure warfighters get what they need when they need it, the Pentagon’s top acquisition official told the Senate Armed Services Committee today. Ellen M. Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, told said her office is…

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Defence Secretary welcomes US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis to the UK

March 31, 2017 – Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon welcomed Secretary Jim Mattis to London today for his first visit to the UK as US Defense Secretary. They reviewed a number of defence and security issues, including the need for NATO modernization and increased defence spending by all members, progress in the fight against extremism, including Daesh in Iraq and…

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Mattis Reaffirms US Commitment to NATO

By Cheryl Pellerin February 16, 2017 – NATO arose out of strategic necessity and the alliance must evolve in response to the new strategic reality, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said today during a press conference after the Defense Ministerial meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels. Mattis is traveling in Europe this week on his second international trip as secretary. After…

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Mattis, Canadian Defense Minister Meet at Pentagon

February 6, 2017 – Defense Secretary Jim Mattis hosted Canada’s Minister of National Defense Harjit Sajjan at the Pentagon today, Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said in a statement. It was Mattis’ first time hosting a defense counterpart as secretary of defense, Davis said. Mattis and Sajjan reaffirmed the U.S.-Canada defense relationship, emphasizing their commitments to the North American…

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