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Patrick Shanahan to Take Acting Defense Secretary Role

President Donald Trump has announced that Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan will serve as secretary of the Department of Defense on an interim basis starting Jan. 1, Military Times reported Sunday. Trump made the announcement in a tweet posted Sunday days after James Mattis disclosed his plan to resign from his …

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Mattis: ‘No Enemy’ ‘Has Done More Harm’ to Military than Sequestration

“For all the heartache caused by the loss of our troops during these wars, no enemy in the field has done more to harm to the readiness of our military than sequestration,” said Defense Secretary James Mattis, a 40 year Marine veteran commander, who argued that it will “require years …

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Billions in Defense Spending to be Withheld Until Trump Submits ISIS Strategy

Of the $15 billion in supplemental wartime spending in the 2017 federal spending bill, $2.5 billion will be withheld until 15 days after the president provides Congress with a strategy to defeat the Islamic State (ISIS). The defense secretary and secretary of state will also be required to update the Armed …

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Report: James Mattis Agrees to Cut Ties With General Dynamics If Confirmed as Defense Secretary

Defense Secretary nominee James Mattis has agreed to resign from his board position at General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) and divest all of his business holdings with the company if the Senate confirms him as the next leader of the Defense Department, Politico reported Saturday. Jeremy Herb and Connor O’Brien write Mattis, who received formal nomination last …

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