General Jim Mattis, USMC (Ret), 26th Secretary of Defense

General Jim Mattis headshotDuring General Mattis’s more than four decades in uniform, he commanded Marines at all levels. He led an infantry battalion in the liberation of Kuwait; a naval task force in Afghanistan after the 9/11 terrorist attack in 2001; 1st Marine Division in the initial attack and the following stability operations in Iraq in 2003 and 2004; and subsequently led all U.S. Marine Forces in the Middle East as Commander of I Marine Expeditionary Force and Marine Forces Central Command.

During his non-combat assignments, he served on recruiting duty; as the Battalion Officer at the Naval Academy Preparatory School; Executive Secretary to the Secretary of Defense; Director of Marine Corps Manpower Plans & Policy; Senior Military Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense; and Commanding General of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command.

In joint assignments he commanded U.S. Joint Forces Command; NATO’s Supreme Allied Command for Transformation; and U.S. Central Command. At U.S. Central Command he directed military operations of more than 250,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen, Coast Guardsmen, Marines, and allied forces in combat across the Middle East. Retiring in 2013, he was a Davies Family Distinguished Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. Subsequently, he served as the 26th Secretary of Defense from January 2017 through December 2018. Currently, General Mattis continues his work at the Hoover Institution.


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Ukraine Conflict in Context: A Presidential Pop-up Panel

Ukraine Conflict in Context: A Presidential Pop-up Panel - March 7, 2022

President Davidson joins MSU Denver History faculty to help Roadrunners and the greater Denver community make sense of the conflict in Ukraine.

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Virtual President's Speaker Series with Dr. Marc Lamont Hill

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill - Nov. 18, 2020

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Lt. General H.R. McMaster - Oct. 22, 2020

Battle ground: The fight to defend the free world

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