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LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 23: Retired Marine Corps Gen. James "Jim" Mattis speaks during the DIRECTV and Operation Gratitude day of service at the fifth annual DIRECTV Dealer Revolution Conference at Caesars Palace on July 23, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for DIRECTV)

Republican Jewish Coalition Backs ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis

The Republican Jewish Coalition, the most powerful organization among politically conservative Jews, is formally backing the nomination of retired Marine Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis as Secretary of Defense.

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 23: Retired Marine Corps Gen. James "Jim" Mattis speaks during the DIRECTV and Operation Gratitude day of service at the fifth annual DIRECTV Dealer Revolution Conference at Caesars Palace on July 23, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for DIRECTV)

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.

James Mattis (Alex Wong / Getty)

Mattis Pick Would Risk Confirmation Fight with Pro-Israel Groups

President-elect Donald J. Trump’s reported choice (via the Washington Post) of retired Marine Gen. James Mattis as Secretary of Defense risks a fight with pro-Israel groups similar to the one that faced former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel in his confirmation fight in early 2013.

Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet, a twin-engine, supersonic, all weather multirole fighter takes part in a flying display at the Farnborough Airshow, south west of London, on July 12, 2016. / AFP / ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Boeing Shifts SoCal Jobs in Preparation for Huge Military Buildup

With President-elect Donald Trump promising a huge military expansion, Boeing is moving half the jobs out of its sprawling Huntington Beach facility as the company streamlines in preparation for huge manufacturing orders coming to Southern California.

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.

Iraqi government forces celebrate while holding an al-Qaeda affiliated flag after they claimed they have gained complete control of the Diyala province, northeast of Baghdad, on January 26, 2015 near the town of Muqdadiyah. Iraqi forces have "liberated" Diyala province from the Islamic State jihadist group, retaking all populated areas …

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.