General James N. Mattis gives Policy Exchange’s sixth Colin Cramphorn Memorial Lecture

Feb 5, 2011

The Colin Cramphorn Memorial Lecture was established by Policy Exchange in memory of the Chief Constable of West Yorkshire, who died of cancer at the age of 50 in 2006. Since then, it has established itself as one of the pre-eminent events in the security and intelligence calendar.

General Mattis has been described by one historian as “the most celebrated Marine officer of the twenty-first century” — and was a key figure in producing the United States’ new joint counterinsurgency field manual. A native of the Pacific Northwest, General Mattis graduated from Central Washington State University and was commissioned into the US Marine Corps in 1972. He is also a graduate of the Amphibious Warfare School, the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and the National War College. As a lieutenant, he served as a rifle and weapons platoon commander in the 3rd Marine Division. As a captain, he commanded a rifle company and a weapons company in the 1st Marine Brigade. As a lieutenant colonel, he commanded 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, one of Task Force Ripper’s assault battalions in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Upon promotion to Brigadier General, he commanded first the 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade and then Task Force 58, during Operation Enduring Freedom in southern Afghanistan. As a Major General, he commanded the 1st Marine Division during the initial attack and subsequent stability operations in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Most recently, General Mattis served as both NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Transformation and as commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command. He was appointed as head of CENTCOM in August 2010.

In his Colin Cramphorn lecture, General Mattis discusses National Security and Contemporary Warfare.



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