Sullivan Meets with Secretary of Defense Designee General Mattis

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today after meeting with President-elect Donald J. Trump’s designee to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Defense, General James Mattis.

“It’s not every day that I get to have another Marine Corps infantry officer in my office discussing national security issues,” said Senator Sullivan. “During my meeting with General Mattis today, we discussed a wide array of issues important to Alaska and our nation’s defense including Alaska’s strategic location, a robust missile defense, the critical role of the F-35, the need for deeper engagement in the Arctic and Asia-Pacific, and the importance of having a strong network of allies. I look forward to General Mattis’s swift confirmation so that he may begin his work restoring the focus of our nation’s military on their primary mission – to close with and destroy the enemy.”