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 allowed me to serve alongside our men and women of the Department in defense of our citizens
 and our ideals
 I am proud of the progress that has been made over the past two years on some of the
 key goals articulated in our National Defense Strategy: putting the Department on a more sound
 budgetary footing, improving readiness and lethality in our forces, and reforming the
 Department's business practices for greater performance. Our troops continue to provide the
 capabilities needed to prevail in conflict and sustain strong U.S. global influence
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 to the strength of our unique and comprehensive system of alliances and partnerships. While
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 serve that role effectively without maintaining strong alliances and showing respect to tho
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 gaining veto authority over other nations' economic, diplomatic, and security decisions to
 promote their own interests at the expense of their neighbors, America and our allies. That is
 why we must use all the tools of American power to provide for the common defense.
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 actors and strategic competitors are strongly held and informed by over four decades of
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 that is most conducive to our security, prosperity and values, and we are strengthened in this
 effort by the solidarity of our alliances
 Because you have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are bette
 aligned with yours on these and other subjects, I believe it is right for me to step down from my
 position. The end date for my tenure is February 28, 2019, a date that should allow sufficient
 time for a successor to be nominated and confirmed as well as to make sure the Department's
 interests
 are properly articulated and protected at upcoming events to include Congressional
 posture hearings and the NATO Defense Ministerial meeting in February. Further, that a full
 transition to a new Secretary of Defense occurs well in advance of the transition of Chairman of
 the Joint Chiefs of Staff in September in order to ensure stability within the Departmen
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Dear Mr President I have been privileged to serve as our country's 26th Secretary of Defense which has allowed me to serve alongside our men and women of the Department in defense of our citizens and our ideals I am proud of the progress that has been made over the past two years on some of the key goals articulated in our National Defense Strategy putting the Department on a more sound budgetary footing improving readiness and lethality in our forces and reforming the Department's business practices for greater performance Our troops continue to provide the capabilities needed to prevail in conflict and sustain strong US global influence One core belief I have always held is that our strength as a nation is inextricably linked to the strength of our unique and comprehensive system of alliances and partnerships While the U serve that role effectively without maintaining strong alliances and showing respect to tho allies Like you I have said from the beginning that the armed forces of the United St should not be the policeman of the world Instead we must use all tools of American p provide for the common defense including providing effective leadership to our alliances NATO's 29 democracies demonstrated that strength in their commitment to fighting alongside us following the 9-11 attack on America The Defeat-ISIS coalition of 74 nations is further proof S remains the indispensable nation in the free world we cannot protect our interests or ower to Similarly I believe we must be resolute and unambiguous in our approach to those countries whose strategic interests are increasingly in tension with ours It is clear that China and Russia for example want to shape a world consistent with their authoritarian model gaining veto authority over other nations' economic diplomatic and security decisions to promote their own interests at the expense of their neighbors America and our allies That is why we must use all the tools of American power to provide for the common defense y views on treating allies with respect and also being clear-eyed about both malign actors and strategic competitors are strongly held and informed by over four decades of immersion in these issues We must do everything possible to advance an international order that is most conducive to our security prosperity and values and we are strengthened in this effort by the solidarity of our alliances Because you have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are bette aligned with yours on these and other subjects I believe it is right for me to step down from my position The end date for my tenure is February 28 2019 a date that should allow sufficient time for a successor to be nominated and confirmed as well as to make sure the Department's interests are properly articulated and protected at upcoming events to include Congressional posture hearings and the NATO Defense Ministerial meeting in February Further that a full transition to a new Secretary of Defense occurs well in advance of the transition of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in September in order to ensure stability within the Departmen I pledge my full effort to a smooth transition that ensures the needs and interests of the 5 million Service Members and 732079 DoD civilians receive undistracted attention of the Department at all times so that they can fulfill their critical round-the-clock mission to protect the American people 21 I very much appreciate this opportunity to serve the nation and our men and women in uniform Meme

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