Mattis to CENTCOM

General James Mattis, who some feel was snubbed for Marine Commandant last month, has landed in arguably a more important role: succeeding David Petraeus at CENTCOM.

General James Mattis, who some feel was snubbed for Marine Commandant last month,  has landed in arguably a more important role:  succeeding David Petraeus at CENTCOM.

In my New Atlanticist post “Mattis Next CENTCOM Chief,” I note that he and Petraeus were, respectively, the 2010 and 2009 winners of the Council’s Distinguished Military Leadership Award.

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  1. […] (July 8):  While this move was certainly not intended three weeks ago, Mattis has arguably landed in an even better slot:  succeeding David Petreaus as head of CENTCOM.   Until Stanley McChrystal’s infamous Rolling Stone interview, that opening was not […]