Fox News reported Saturday that Ret. Marine Gen. James Mattis spent his first day as new Secretary of Defense by visiting the Pentagon after being confirmed on Friday following the inaguration.
NEWS ALERT: Defense Secretary Mattis starts first day on the job. https://t.co/WckvVIkn3I— Fox News (@Fox News)1485019288.0
Immediately upon confirmation, Mattis penned a memo to the troops under his command telling them, "It's good to be back" and hinting at a closer relationship between the intelligence community, the Defense Department and the department of State.
Mattis had to be confirmed using a special waiver due to federal law that mandates a Secretary of Defense — and all military officers — must be out of uniform for seven years before taking a position in the cabinet to ensure “civilian” control of the military.