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Gen. Jim Mattis is a Guest Speaker at Utah State University

Friday, Apr. 04, 2014

flyer for Gen. Jim Mattis appearance at Utah State University

Gen. Jim Mattis, the Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, is a guest speaker at Utah State University Tuesday, April 8. His free lecture is sponsored by USU’s Center for the Study of American Constitutionalism and begins at noon at the Eccles Conference Center on USU’s Logan campus. His visit is coordinated by Anthony A. Peacock, professor and department head for USU’s Political Science Department.

The title of Gen. Mattis’ presentation is “The Soldier and the State: U.S. Civil-Military Relations.” The presentation is free and all are invited.

Gen. Mattis is a recently retired four-star Marine Corps general. He earned his expertise on national security issues across a number of commands during his 42 years in the United States Marine Corps, most recently as head of U.S. Centeral Command (CENTCOM) 2010-13. In that position he was responsible for military operations involving more than 200,000 U.S. soldiers, sailors, airmen, Coast Guardsmen and Marines in Afghanistan, Iraq and 18 other countries in the Middle East and south-central Asia.

Gen. Mattis may be best known for popularizing the phrase “No better friend, no worse enemy,” the motto of the First Marine Division — the force he led during the initial attack and subsequent stability operations in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

According to Peacock, Gen. Mattis continues to engage in national conversations on strategy, innovation, the effective use of military force and the Middle East. He currently heads a project on the gap between civil and military perspectives and is writing a book on leadership.

During his two-day visit at Utah State University, Gen. Mattis will meet with a variety of student groups and classes.

For more information, contact USU’s Political Science Department, 435-797-1306,

Related links:

USU Political Science Department

USU College of Humanities and Social Sciences

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