Defense Secretary

Mattis Could Clash in Confirmation Over PTSD, Women in Combat
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Retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, right, has said that women might not be suited for combat and has suggested that veterans might be convinced that they have PTSD if enough people tell them they do. . (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, President-elect Donald Trump's choice for defense secretary, has ruffled feathers within the Obama administration with his controversial opinions on women in combat and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The former head of U.S. Central Command has said in various speeches that women may not be suited for the “intimate killing” of combat, and allowing men and women to work in close quarters would be detrimental to their success in combat zones, according to Military.com