H.R. McMaster

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  • 26th Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs
  • Lieutenant General, U.S. Army, Retired
  • New York Times Bestselling Author

Former National Security Advisor Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster is a preeminent voice on leadership, global security and international affairs, recognized for his leadership in the Gulf War, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Named one of TIME's "100 Most Influential People in the World" and Fortune's "50 World's Greatest Leaders", McMaster is renowned as a "warrior-intellectual" who not only excelled in combat but also wrote an award-winning and New York Times bestselling book, Dereliction of Duty.

McMaster was commissioned in the United States Army upon graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1984.  His command assignments in the United States Army include: Commanding General, Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning; Commander, Combined Joint Inter-Agency Task Force Shafafiyat (Transparency) in Kabul, Afghanistan; and Commander, Third Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Carson, Colorado and Iraq.  He also served as Special Assistant to Commander, Multinational Force Iraq, and as an Assistant Professor of History at West Point. He was a research fellow at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace, and a Senior Consulting Fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. McMaster has published scores of essays, articles, and book reviews on leadership, history, and the future of warfare in many publications including Foreign Affairs, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times.  He was a contributing editor for Survival magazine from 2010-2017. 

 

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Major General Herbert Raymond McMaster might be the 21st century Army’s pre-eminent warrior-thinker... H.R. is also the rarest of soldiers — one who has repeatedly bucked the system and survived to join its senior ranks.

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted H.R. McMaster
  • Atlantic Council in Washington 
  • Munich Security Conference
  • Georgetown Univeristy
  • University of Virginia 
  • National Holocaust Museum
  • Reagan National Defense Forum
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • National Infantry Museum
  • Pritizker Military Museum and Library
  • Virginia Military Institute Center for Leadership and Ethics
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Leadership in Challenging Times

A three-star general and former U.S. National Security Advisor, H.R. McMaster has led large and diverse teams, often in the most perilous and challenging of situations. Drawing on his extensive experience in the field and in the White House, McMaster shares his lessons on effective leadership, from ...

A three-star general and former U.S. National Security Advisor, H.R. McMaster has led large and diverse teams, often in the most perilous and challenging of situations. Drawing on his extensive experience in the field and in the White House, McMaster shares his lessons on effective leadership, from how to be strategic in times of crisis to how to foster loyalty, support and teamwork. 

Geopolitics and the State of the World Today

Renowned as a pre-eminent "warrior-thinker," H.R. McMaster shares his views on the state of the world today and what we can expect from the future. A three-star general heralded for his leadership in Afghanistan and Iraq, and a historian who's groundbreaking book Dereliction of Duty has become requi ...

Renowned as a pre-eminent "warrior-thinker," H.R. McMaster shares his views on the state of the world today and what we can expect from the future. A three-star general heralded for his leadership in Afghanistan and Iraq, and a historian who's groundbreaking book Dereliction of Duty has become required reading in military circles, McMaster offers informative, in-depth, and refreshingly candid analysis of the key issues and players shaping the geopolitical landscape. 

Technology and the Evolving Nature of Global Security

The most recent U.S. National Security Advisor, H.R. McMaster is uniquely qualified to shed light on the leading security threats of our time and how they are being handled at the highest levels of government. Decoding the evolving nature of global security and the opportunities and risks of new tec ...

The most recent U.S. National Security Advisor, H.R. McMaster is uniquely qualified to shed light on the leading security threats of our time and how they are being handled at the highest levels of government. Decoding the evolving nature of global security and the opportunities and risks of new technologies, McMaster shares sharp insights and cutting-edge information on how both nations and organizations can protect themselves in today's ever-changing security landscape.    

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H.R. McMaster is a preeminent voice on leadership and international affairs

National Security Advisor (2017-18) Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster is a preeminent voice on leadership, global security and international affairs, renowned for his leadership in the Gulf War, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Named one of TIME's "100 Most Influential People in the World" and Fortune's "50 World's Greatest Leaders", McMaster was described in a recent New Yorker profile as having "an impeccable reputation as a warrior-intellectual" who "in addition to excelling in combat... has written a Ph.D dissertation that became a landmark book, 'Dereliction of Duty.'"A three-star general who until recently served as National Security Advisor under President Donald Trump, McMaster has been at the helm of large and diverse teams, often in the most perilous and challenging of situations. He rose to fame during the Gulf War, where as a captain McMaster led an outnumbered cavalry troop to victory over Iraqi forces in what is considered the last great tank battle of the 20th century. From the battlefield to the White House he has distinguished himself for his bold, effective leadership, and he offers unparalleled insights into everything from how to be strategic in times of crisis, to how to foster loyalty, support and teamwork. Already the author of a New York Times bestseller, Dereliction of Duty, McMaster is working on a highly-anticipated upcoming book. Sought-out to address audiences everywhere from the Atlantic Council to Georgetown University, McMaster is in-demand thanks to his leadership, security, and global affairs expertise. 

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Until recently, H. R. McMaster was the 26th Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs.  He served as a commissioned officer in the United States Army for thirty-four years before retiring as a Lieutenant General in June 2018. 

From 2014 to 2017 McMaster designed the future Army as Director, Army Capabilities Integration Center and Deputy Commanding General, Futures, US Army Training and Doctrine Command.  As Commanding General, Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning, he oversaw all training and education for the Army’s infantry, armor, and cavalry force. His extensive experience leading soldiers and organizations in wartime includes Commander, Combined Joint Inter-Agency Task Force Shafafiyat in Kabul, Afghanistan from 2010 to 2012; Commander, Third Armored Cavalry Regiment in Iraq from 2005 -2006; and Commander, Eagle Troop Second Armored Cavalry Regiment in Operation Desert Storm from 1990-1991.  McMaster also served overseas as advisor to the most senior commanders in the Middle East, Iraq, and Afghanistan.  

H.R. led important strategic assessments including the revision of Iraq strategy during the ‘surge’ of 2007 and efforts to develop security forces and governmental institutions in post-war Iraq.  In 2009-2010 he led an assessment and planning effort to develop a comprehensive strategy for the greater Middle East. 

McMaster was as an assistant professor of history at the United States Military Academy from 1994 to 1996 where he taught undergraduate courses in military history and history of the Korean and Vietnam Wars as well as a graduate course on the history of military leadership for officers enrolled in the Columbia University MBA program. 

H.R. has published scores of essays, articles, and book reviews on leadership, history, and the future of warfare in many publications including Foreign Affairs, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times.  He was a contributing editor for Survival magazine from 2010-2017.  His award-winning book, Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Lies that Led to Vietnam, is a New York Times bestseller. 

H.R. was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army upon graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1984. He holds a PhD in military history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  His military awards include the Silver Star Medal, Army Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster, and the Purple Heart.