Defense Secretary James N. Mattis is traveling to Europe to reaffirm key partnerships and alliances. He plans to meet with defense leaders in Rome before traveling to Brussels for a NATO Defense Ministerial. Mattis wraps up his trip in Germany, where he will meet with the leaders and troops from U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command and attend the 54th Munich Security Conference.
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met with French Defense Minister Florence Parly during the Munich Security Conference. Story
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met with Bulgarian Defense Minister Krasimir Karakachanov during the NATO Defense Ministerial at NATO headquarters in Brussels to reaffirm and strengthen the important U.S.-Bulgaria defense relationship. Story
James N. Mattis became the 26th defense secretary Jan. 20, 2017. During more than four decades in uniform, he commanded Marines at all levels, including in combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. As a joint force commander, he commanded U.S. Joint Forces Command, NATO's Supreme Allied Command for Transformation and U.S. Central Command.