Posts tagged as Defense Secretary Jim Mattis

Pentagon deploying troops from 39 units to US-Mexico border

Thursday, November 1, 2018

The Pentagon has notified some 7,000 active-duty servicemembers that they could be sent to support its new operation along the U.S.-Mexico border as the military prepares to expand the mission beyond the initial 5,200 troops set to deploy by the weekend, officials said Wednesday. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday dismissed concerns raised by some Democratic lawmakers and others that the deployment was a political move ahead of the Nov.…

Mattis says US will look at possible base sites in Poland

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The U.S. military is investigating sites for a potential base in Poland, a country that has offered up to $2 billion toward developing infrastructure for stationing a permanent American military force. The Pentagon will look at land the Poles have offered to determine if a base makes sense there, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday. “The first thing we have to do is look at what are they offering, because…

Pentagon chief defends his reversal on Space Force, says it’s the right thing to do

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Sunday he is satisfied that creating a Space Force as a separate military service is the right way to reorganize the Pentagon’s approach to space. Mattis, who last year opposed moves in Congress to create a separate space service, said his emphasis then was on establishing a consensus about what the Pentagon’s space problem is before recommending a way to fix it. “I was…

Mattis focusing on strategic security issues in China talks

Monday, June 25, 2018

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis laid out plans for a less contentious, more open dialogue with Chinese leaders as he travels to Asia, less than a month after he slammed Beijing at an international conference for its militarization of islands in the South China Sea. Speaking to reporters on his plane Sunday en route to a stop in Alaska, Mattis avoided any of the sharp criticism of China that he had…