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

    One year ago - By My Sanantonio

    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.
    Congress also has the authority to declare war, but as recent conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria have shown, the U.S. military can wage combat without a formal declaration of war.
    Gen. George Marshall was appointed defense secretary in 1950 by Truman, who was looking for a highly respected leader to take over as the Korean war ramped up.
    [...] leaders must maintain their credibility with...
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