Tag: Secretary of Defense

7 Things to Know About Secretary of Defense Nominee James Mattis

Retired Marine General James N. Mattis, named on Thursday as President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for Secretary of Defense, is a larger-than-life figure with a fascinating career. Following are some choice details from his biography, and some lines of attack the Trump team might want to be on guard against.

Ashton Carter (Michelle Moons / Breitbart News)

Ashton Carter Backs Trans-Pacific Partnership

SIMI VALLEY — U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter “strongly” urged passage of the highly controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal in the midst of addressing U.S. challenges from Russia and China during his keynote address to a host of Reagan National Defense Forum attendees on Saturday afternoon.

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Impossible Rules of Engagement: ‘Zero Civilian Casualties’ in ISIS Battle

Ever since the weird non-war against ISIS began, we have heard loud boasts from the Obama Administration about how many fabulously expensive airstrikes coalition forces were conducting. And yet, the Islamic State remains on the march in Iraq and Syria, and is confident enough to launch a new campaign for control of devastated post-Obama, post-Clinton Libya.