General Jim Mattis

General Jim Mattis, US Marine Corps (Ret.), is the Davies Family Distinguished Fellow at Hoover, after having served as the nation’s 26th Secretary of Defense. General Mattis commanded at multiple levels in his 43-year career as an infantry Marine. Following tours in the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean, he commanded forces in Iraq and the broader 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 U.S. 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.