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Trump to replace Mattis early

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 12/24/18, 09:57 am

President Donald Trump on Sunday announced he would replace Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Jan. 1, about two months earlier than Mattis planned to leave. Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan will take over for Mattis in an interim capacity. Mattis handed in his resignation letter Thursday but wrote that he would stay in his role until Feb.

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Mattis resignation shakes Washington

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 12/21/18, 08:45 am

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he will soon step down just one day after the White House said it would withdraw U.S. troops from Syria. In a Thursday letter to President Donald Trump, Mattis said he would leave by the end of February. “You have a right to have a secretary of defense whose views are better aligned with yours,” he wrote. Mattis and the president disagreed not only on Syria but also the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan. Trump reportedly has the Pentagon developing plans to withdraw up to half of the 14,000 American troops now serving there.

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U.S. officially launches Space Command

by Kent Covington
Posted 12/19/18, 10:17 am

President Donald Trump signed a memorandum Tuesday authorizing the Pentagon’s new Space Command, which will better organize U.S. operations in space. Vice President Mike Pence made the announcement at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center. He said a four-star general will lead the new command, establishing unified control over all military space efforts. “It will develop the space doctrine, tactics, techniques and procedures that will enable our war fighters to defend our nation in this new era,” Pence said. “A new era of American leadership in space has begun.”

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