Defense Secretary Jim Mattis traveled to Denmark, Lithuania and the United Kingdom to meet with U.S. partners and reaffirm key military alliances. While in Denmark, Mattis and the Danish defense minister co-hosted a meeting of senior leaders from 15 countries that are key contributors to the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
Secretary Discusses Somalia Meeting With Reporters
Mattis, Lithuanian President Speak to Reporters
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis came away from a British-sponsored conference on Somalia in London with renewed hope for the peace process in the African nation. Story
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis thanked his counterpart for the U.K.'s
sustained leadership in NATO during a visit to London where he also
reaffirmed America's defense commitment to Turkey during a meeting with that
country's defense minister. Story
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Lithuania has contributed to the NATO-led mission far away in Afghanistan and has continued to provide capable trainers in Iraq for the mission to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Story
Jim 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.