defense secretary

Patrick Shanahan
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June 18, 2019 - 1:38 pm
By Zachary Cohen (CNN) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has "decided not to go forward with his confirmation process." "Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, who has done a wonderful job, has decided not to go forward with his confirmation...
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January 05, 2019 - 7:03 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Harold Brown, who as defense secretary in the Carter administration championed cutting-edge fighting technology during a tenure that included the failed rescue of hostages in Iran, has died at age 91. Brown died Friday, said the Rand Corp., the California-based think tank which...
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In this Sept. 21, 2018, file photo, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis speaks during the 2018 POW/MIA National Recognition Day Ceremony at the Pentagon.
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December 31, 2018 - 11:45 am
By Robert Burns, AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — On his final day as secretary of defense, Jim Mattis on Monday urged all Pentagon employees, military and civilian, to "hold fast" in defense of the country. Mattis, who submitted his resignation on Dec. 20 and was in effect fired by...
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In this April 9, 2018, file photo, Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, right, listen as President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House, in Washington.
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December 24, 2018 - 11:41 am
UPDATED: 9:20 p.m. ___ WASHINGTON (AP) — The departure of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in a week will thrust President Donald Trump's largely unknown choice for acting Pentagon chief into the military hot seat and shift attention to the search for a permanent replacement who will probably face...
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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis
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December 21, 2018 - 8:09 am
(CNN) — Defense Secretary James Mattis resigned Thursday , a day after President Donald Trump's plans to withdraw troops from Syria became public. Read his letter below: ___ Dear Mr. President: I have been privileged to serve as our country's 26th Secretary of Defense which has allowed me to serve...
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