AIA Lauds Service of Secretary of Defense Mattis

Statement by AIA President and CEO Eric Fanning commending Gen. James Mattis’ decades of service to America.

Arlington, Va. — Jim Mattis’ service as Secretary of Defense has been marked by principled leadership, a clear-eyed National Defense Strategy, and a commitment to supporting that strategy with sufficient and stable funding. He vigorously pursued counter-terrorism efforts against al Qaeda and ISIS, and sought to prepare the United States for potential near-peer conflict by enhancing our relationship with allies and partners and working with industry to bring speed and innovation to defense acquisition. We commend his four decades of service to our country and look forward to continuing this important work with Acting Secretary Shanahan and the entire Department of Defense.