Donald Trump has named former marine General James Mattis as his defence secretary.
Mattis was the Commander of the United States Central Command under President Obama between 2010 and 2013, but he does not have any mainstream political experience.
The appointment looks set to be a popular one among US Forces as many previous Secretaries of Defence have lacked military experience.
However, Congress will have to approve his appointment as US Law dictates that a Defence Secretary that has been a member of the military must have been out of uniform for 7 years before becoming Defence Secretary. However, that should be a formality as the Republicans control Congress.
Senator John McCain, a former naval commander said: “He is without a doubt one of the finest military officers of his generation and an extraordinary leader who inspires a rare and special admiration of his troops.”
Mattis will take his place on Donald Trump’s cabinet on January 20th, when the President-elect is inaugurated.