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Jim Mattis and the Duty of Reserve

The former defense secretary said the greatest threat to national security is domestic disunity.
Source: Kristoffer Tripplaar

Before serving and then resigning as secretary of defense in the Trump administration, Jim Mattis was a general in the U.S. Marine Corps. In an appearance Thursday at The Atlantic Festival, he noted security challenges facing the U.S., including China asserting itself in a growing sphere of influence, Russia’s misbehavior under Vladimir Putin, and terrorism. Yet in his estimation, the biggest threat to U.S. national security is domestic, not foreign. The biggest threat to

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