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Mattis visits the Pentagon, hints at closer ties with intelligence agencies and State Department

ARLINGTON, VA - JANUARY 21: U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis (R) is greeted by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford (L) as he arrives for the first day January 21, 2017 at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. Retired General Mattis was confirmed as President Donald Trump's defense secretary by the Senate and sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence yesterday. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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.

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.

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