Mattis to Replace Petraeus as CENTCOM Commander


Marine Gen. James Mattis, currently commander Joint Forces Command, will replace Gen. David Petraeus as the next commander of U.S. Central Command, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced today.

This is a great move. Defense Tech readers will know we are big fans of the blunt speaking Mattis. As Gates said today, Mattis' intellect and knowledge are truly impressive; he selected Mattis to lead the "red team" that war gamed scenarios that informed the recent QDR.

Mattis has some serious on the ground experience in the CENTCOM region, including as a battalion commander during Desert Storm, he commanded the Marine forces in Afghanistan in 2001 and the Marines in Iraq in 2003-2004.

-- Greg Grant

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