US President-elect Donald Trump has named General James Mattis as his defence secretary.
“He`s our best,” Mr Trump said, as he announced the nomination to a rally of supporters in Ohio.
Gen Mattis, who is known as “Mad Dog”, was an outspoken critic of the Obama administration`s Middle East policy, particularly on Iran.
He has referred to Iran as “the single most enduring threat to stability and peace in the Middle East”.
Mr Trump made the announcement in Cincinnati at the start of a “USA Thank You Tour 2016” for his supporters.
“We are going to appoint `Mad Dog` Mattis as our secretary of defence,” he told the crowd.
“They say he`s the closest thing to General George Patton [World War Two commander] that we have.”