The US president has appointed retired Army Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis as his next CIA director.
Mattis will be replacing the retired Gen James “Big Dog” Petraeus, who stepped down in January amid a sexual harassment scandal.
He’s one of only a handful of people who have ever held the job.
He previously served as US ambassador to Russia, where he served from 2003 to 2010.
Mattis, who retired in 2017, will take over from retired Gen John Brennan, who left the CIA in January.
Mattes served in the US Army for 16 years, starting with the first major war in Iraq in 2003.
He also served as commander of the US Northern Command, the NATO military alliance in Europe.
In a letter to the Senate Armed Services Committee, Mattis said he was honored to serve as the new CIA Director and was grateful for the opportunity.
“My appreciation for your leadership of our country’s intelligence community is immense, and I am honored to continue serving our nation as your leading counterterrorism expert and intelligence officer,” Mattis wrote.
“The CIA has always been a vital part of our national security, and my deep respect for your extraordinary leadership, your intelligence and law enforcement expertise, and your unique leadership skills have been a source of great pride to me and to our nation,” Mattis added.
In addition to serving as the top military officer in the country, Mattis has extensive experience in government.
He is a native of Mobile, Alabama, and graduated from West Point.
Mattis also earned a doctorate in international relations from the University of Chicago.
He was a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and was a co-chairman of the panel during the investigation of the Benghazi terrorist attack.
He has said that he did not think his testimony during that investigation was adequate.
In his letter to Congress, Mattis also thanked former President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence for their leadership during the Benghazi investigation.