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Patrick Shanahan, acting defense secretary, succeeds James Mattis just 18 months after arrival

Jan 01, 2019 - The Washington Times

The U.S. military is waking up to a new boss with the new year, one who is definitely not the same as the old boss.

Outgoing Defense Secretary James Mattis, a retired four-star Marine Corps general, handed over the reins at the Pentagon on Monday night to a 30-year veteran of the aerospace industry, and military analysts say new acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan will bring his trademark business-like approach to the role and largely steer clear of the bitter policy fights with P...