A MATTIS MOMENT
“My expectation for you is quite simple. Always be ready to fight and to win. There is no room for complacency as our adversaries will do everything in their power to erode our military’s competitive edge — and even less room for a sense of cynicism or victimhood. Your primary weapons system now is your attitude, coupled with the legacy of the Air Force. Bring rigor and vigor to our forces. It is now your responsibility that our adversaries know they should always prefer to talk to our Department of State rather than face the U.S. Air Force.”
— Defense Secretary James Mattis, to 983 graduating cadets at the recent U.S. Air Force Academy commencement.