• AP EXPLAINS: Why officers can't easily become Pentagon heads

    One year ago - By The Seattle Times

    WASHINGTON - Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, President-elect Donald Trump's pick for defense secretary, will need more than the usual Senate confirmation before being able to take office. U.S. law states that a nominee for defense secretary must have been out of the active-duty military for seven years. Mattis, 66, retired in 2013 after [...]
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