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Mattis to Replace Petraeus as CENTCOM Commander

by Greg on July 8, 2010

Marine Gen. James Mattis, currently commander Joint Forces Command, will replace Gen. David Petraeus as the next commander of U.S. Central Command, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced today.

This is a great move. Defense Tech readers will know we are big fans of the blunt speaking Mattis. As Gates said today, Mattis’ intellect and knowledge are truly impressive; he selected Mattis to lead the “red team” that war gamed scenarios that informed the recent QDR.

Mattis has some serious on the ground experience in the CENTCOM region, including as a battalion commander during Desert Storm, he commanded the Marine forces in Afghanistan in 2001 and the Marines in Iraq in 2003–2004.

– Greg Grant

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Craig Hooper July 8, 2010 at 3:52 pm

I'm a Mattis fan, but, just for the sake of argument, who is a better General? Mattis or Petraus?


suwanvadee October 19, 2011 at 3:16 am

Petraeus is.


solomon July 8, 2010 at 9:31 pm


No competition. Its like comparing a warrior to a politician. Mattis is the warrior, Patreus is the politician…


Engineer July 8, 2010 at 10:25 pm

You need to do a little more research and reading on GEN Petraus – he is no arm chair general.


Lance Criminal July 9, 2010 at 1:17 am

Gen. Petraeus has better street cred on the hill compared to Gen Mattis. There is no better General…they just have different leadership styles. Gen. Petraeus is probably the more notable of the two but Gen Mattis has a cult-like following in the USMC. Many were disappointed to see him not get the nod for CMC. That said, in a full scale conventional war, I'd take Gen Mattis hands down….but I would not want Gen. Mattis arguing for the EFV or JSF on capital hill though as feathers might get ruffled. They both bring amazing qualities to the table and we're lucky to have them in the positions they are currently holding.


Clement July 9, 2010 at 1:58 am

Despite being a liberal, i love both these guys. Mattis is a hard-charging leader who keeps it real. wish him the best.


Clement July 9, 2010 at 2:15 am

also that makes Mattis Petraeus's boss somehow? that's a little strange but whatever, they're both intelligent men i'm sure they can work things out together.


Oblat July 9, 2010 at 2:36 am

At least now we know who will replace Patreus in a year's time.


Bob July 9, 2010 at 1:36 pm

Gens Mathis and Patreus may be combinations of Alexander the Great and Napoleon, with a dash of Georgie Patton thown in. They still have to answer to the Great One in the Whitehouse and a democratic congress. Under our system, the greatest military genius will fail, if the civilian leadership are fools and/or want failure.


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