James Mattis

Nuclear Threats Rise in Concert With Trump's Ascension
Odds of war with Russia are rising

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has said there might be the need for legislation that would prohibit the president from launching a first-strike nuclear attack without a congressional declaration of war. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Since the Cold War ended 25 years ago, Americans haven’t thought much about nuclear war. That changed slightly in the recently concluded presidential campaign, but it needs to change dramatically, many experts say.

A growing cadre of security analysts says the risk that nuclear weapons might be used by nations or terrorist groups is increasing, and it may even be higher than it was in the Cold War.

Mattis and West Could Be in Same Chain of Command
Trump’s defense chief pick had said West ‘watched too many Hollywood movies’ after Iraq incident

Former Rep. Allen West, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, met Monday with members of President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team. (Kevin Hagen/Getty Images)

Former Rep. Allen West is eyeing a job that might put him in the same chain of command as Gen. James Mattis, who once chastised West for an incident in Iraq.

West met Monday with Vice President-elect Mike Pence, Gen. Michael Flynn, President-elect Donald Trump’s national security adviser appointee, and K.T. McFarland, who Trump has chosen as deputy national security adviser, McClatchy reported.

Vote on Giving Mattis a Waiver Seen for Next Congress
Trump’s pick to lead the Pentagon needs congressional exemption to serve

Retired Gen. James Mattis will be formally nominated for Defense secretary by President-elect Donald Trump as an event in North Carolina on Tuesday. (Courtesy Department of Defense)

The decision on whether to give former Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis an exemption to serve as President-elect Donald Trump’s secretary of Defense will fall to the next Congress, if some defense-minded lawmakers have their way.

House Armed Services Committee spokesman Claude H. Chafin told Roll Call on Monday that Chairman Mac Thornberry of Texas is among those negotiating standalone legislation that would exempt Mattis from a law that prevents members of the military from taking one of the Pentagon’s top three civilian posts if they have actively served in the past seven years. 

Mattis May Prove Antidote to Trump on Defense
Key differences remain over waterboarding, Russia, Iran

President-elect Donald Trump selected retired U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis as his pick to head the Defense Department. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Donald Trump has chosen a man to run the Pentagon who is in important ways the president-elect’s opposite, and many experts think that’s a good thing.

James Mattis went by the call sign “Chaos” and was widely known as “Mad Dog” and “the Warrior Monk” when he was a Marine Corps general. He earned a reputation as a blustery cowboy. “It’s fun to shoot some people,” he once said, one of many such Patton-like quotes.

Mattis Could Clash in Confirmation Over PTSD, Women in Combat
Trump's Defense pick supports Iran treaty,

Retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, right, has said that women might not be suited for combat and has suggested that veterans might be convinced that they have PTSD if enough people tell them they do. . (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, President-elect Donald Trump's choice for defense secretary, has ruffled feathers within the Obama administration with his controversial opinions on women in combat and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The former head of U.S. Central Command has said in various speeches that women may not be suited for the “intimate killing” of combat, and allowing men and women to work in close quarters would be detrimental to their success in combat zones, according to Military.com

Trump Picks Mattis to Lead Defense Department
McCain endorsed ex Marine Corps general

President-elect Donald Trump speaks as he stands with retired United States Marine Corps general James Mattis after their meeting at Trump International Golf Club, November 19, 2016 in Bedminster Township, New Jersey. Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

President-elect Donald Trump has selected former Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis to be the next Defense secretary, The Washington Post reported on Thursday, citing sources familiar with the decision.

The choice would require a congressional waiver for the recently retired four-star to take the Pentagon’s top civilian post.