• Defense Department,  Psychological Struggle,  Public Diplomacy,  State Department

    Best Thing for State Department Since General Marshall

    By Amb. Brian Carlson "The Administration’s intention to put General James Mattis in charge of the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) is the best thing to happen to the State Department since General George C. Marshall showed up in Foggy Bottom to become Secretary of State. Mattis is one of the "outliers" — one of the few top commanders who understand that America’s enemies will not be defeated in a pitched battle on a field, but rather through the slow change of hearts and minds around dinner tables and tribal councils in countries in conflict. General Mattis used to lead the "Pinnacle" seminars at Joint Forces Command in Norfolk. Pinnacle is…