General Jim Mattis

Davies Family Distinguished Fellow
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General Jim Mattis, US Marine Corps (Ret.), is the Davies Family Distinguished Fellow, after having served with distinction as the nation’s 26th Secretary of Defense in the administration.

In December of 2016, President Donald J. Trump nominated Mattis for Secretary of Defense and he was confirmed a month later. Mattis left Hoover to apply his extraordinary knowledge and experience to help the President shape his national defense policy.

General Mattis commanded at multiple levels in his forty-three year career as an infantry Marine. As a lieutenant in the western Pacific, he served as a rifle and weapons platoon commander in the Third Marine Division. As a captain in the Pacific and Indian Ocean, he commanded a rifle company and a weapons company in the First Marine Brigade. As a major he was the battalion officer at the Naval Academy Prep School and commanded Marine recruiters in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii. As a lieutenant colonel he commanded an assault battalion breaching the Iraqi minefields in Operation Desert Storm. As a colonel he commanded 7th Marine Regiment and, on Pentagon duty, he served as the Department of Defense Executive Secretary. As a brigadier general he was the Senior Military Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense.

Following 9-11 he commanded the First Marine Expeditionary Brigade and Naval Task Force 58 in operations against the Taliban in southern Afghanistan. As a major general, he commanded the First Marine Division during the initial attack and subsequent stability operations in Iraq. In his first tour as a lieutenant general, he was in charge of Marine Corps Combat Development at Quantico and subsequently served as Commander, I Marine Expeditionary Force/Commander, U.S. Marine Forces in the Middle East. As a general he served concurrently as the Commander of U.S. Joint Forces Command and as NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander for Transformation.

Before retiring in 2013 he was the Commander of U.S. Central Command, directing military operations of over 200,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen, Coast Guardsmen, Marines and allied forces across the Middle East. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead, and the co-editor of the book, Warriors & Citizens: American Views of Our Military.

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Jim Mattis On Leadership And Staying Mum On Trump

interview with General Jim Mattisvia Amanpour (CNN International)
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow James Mattis discusses his latest book Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Leadand his time as secretary of defense.

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James Mattis, Bing West Discuss The Lessons In 'Call Sign Chaos'

interview with General Jim Mattisvia Morning Joe (MSNBC)
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow James Mattis talks about his new book Call Sign Chaos: Learning To Lead.

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US Finally Looking More Honestly At China's Actions: Gen. James Mattis

interview with General Jim Mattisvia Fox Business
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

 Hoover Institution fellow James Mattis discusses Hong Kong and China, and how finally the US is dealing with China more honesty under under President Trump.

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Fmr. Sec. Of Defense Jim Mattis Says Americans 'Admire' The Military Because 'We Are Apolitical'

interview with General Jim Mattisvia Morning Joe (MSNBC)
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow James Mattis discusses how the American public admires the military's 'apolitical' status and why he believes military leaders should keep their political opinions private.

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James Mattis Derides 'Cowardice' From Anonymous Official Who Penned New York Times' Anti-Trump Op-Ed

interview with General Jim Mattisvia Fox News
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow James Mattis discusses how the military responds to disaster as well as his new book Call Sign Chaos: Learning To Lead

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General James Mattis: Verify Then Trust Before Agreeing To Any Peace Deal With The Taliban In Afghanistan

interview with General Jim Mattisvia Fox News
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow James Mattis talks about his new book Call Sign Chaos: Learning To Lead. Mattis explores the life lessons he never forgot from his time in jail, why he chose to join the Marines, learning to delegate responsibility to lower ranking personal in the military, why he was not in agreement with the Obama Administration's decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan and Iraq, and much more.

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Mattis: We Haven’t Gotten A Military Intervention Right Since Desert Storm

interview with General Jim Mattisvia Breitbart
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow James Mattis says military interventions must have clear end states, something he says the US has not gotten right since 1991.

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Jim Mattis On Call Sign Chaos: Learning To Lead

interview with General Jim Mattisvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Call Sign Chaos is Jim Mattis’s memoir of his lifelong journey from marine recruit to four-star general and secretary of defense. It’s also the story of his quest to learn from every experience and pass on those lessons, so that future generations can plan better, lead better, and do and be better, thus creating a safer and more successful United States and world.

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Jim Mattis on Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead

interview with General Jim Mattisvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Call Sign Chaos is Jim Mattis’s memoir of his lifelong journey from marine recruit to four-star general and secretary of defense. It’s also the story of his quest to learn from every experience and pass on those lessons, so that future generations can plan better, lead better, and do and be better, thus creating a safer and more successful United States and world.

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Distinguished Voices Series With Jim Mattis

interview with General Jim Mattisvia Council on Foreign Relations
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow James Mattis discusses his latest book Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead.

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