Sec. Mattis Refused to Be Late to a Briefing — What He Does Next Defines His Commitment to His Job

On Friday, Secretary of Defense James Mattis traveled to Johns Hopkins University to unveil the newest version of the National Defense Strategy. On the way, however, it looked as if his motorcade was going to be late for his scheduled appearance.

Instead of accepting the unacceptable, the retired Marine general got out and walked the last 15 minutes in order to arrive on time.

One of the biggest takeaways from the new National Defense Strategy is that the Department of Defense is pivoting to focus on maintaining a competitive military advantage to deter Russian and Chinese aggression.

Elbridge Colby, deputy assistant secretary of defense for strategy and force development, said the main pillars of the new strategy include “peace through strength, the affirmation of America’s international role, the U.S. alliance and partnership structure, and the necessity to build military advantage to maintain key regional balances of power.”

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