Outgoing U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is bid farewell during a military ceremony where he speaks about his confidence in the department's future and its ''ability to adapt and change.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: The Department of Defense hosted a farewell ceremony for Defense Secretary Ash Carter at Joint Base Myer-Henderson in Virginia on Monday (January 9). "One of the things that makes me proudest about the Department of Defense is its ability to adapt and change. And I am confident in the logic and good sense of what our leadership is doing best to keep us the best," Carter said. Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis is President-elect Donald Trump's pick for the next Secretary of Defense. Mattis, a retired Marine general, is an unorthodox choice. Because he retired only in 2013, Mattis is technically ineligible for the job since he has not been a civilian for at least seven years. Mattis, a 66-year-old commander who is revered by Marines, is known for his tough-talk, wariness of Iran and combat experience in Afghanistan and Iraq. Although Trump has played up Mattis' "Mad Dog" nickname and tough-guy image, Marines and others who served with him portrayed Mattis as a scholar and strategist who would seek to avoid open conflict.