H.R. McMaster

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  • National Security Advisor to President Trump (2017-18)
  • Lieutenant General, U.S. Army (Retired)
  • NYT Bestselling Author, 'Battlegrounds' and 'Dereliction of Duty'
  • Senior Fellow, The Hoover Institution



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." He is the author of two important and New York Times bestselling books on national security: Battlegrounds and 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 serves as an Advisory Board Member for Spirit of America, geospatial-intelligence corporation Edgybees, C3 AI, and Strider Technologies, as a Board Member of Zoom Video Communications, and is a member of Atlantic Council's Board of Directors. 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 from 2010-2017, and is currently a Senior Fellow at The Hoover Institution.

 

 

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Reemerging from the Crisis: The Political & Economic Implications of COVID-19

The combination of H.R. McMaster’s scholarship and extensive experience as a soldier and statesman make him uniquely qualified to explain how the COVID-19 experience will effect crucial political and economic competitions that predated the pandemic. A New York Times bestselling author, his new book, ...

The combination of H.R. McMaster’s scholarship and extensive experience as a soldier and statesman make him uniquely qualified to explain how the COVID-19 experience will effect crucial political and economic competitions that predated the pandemic. A New York Times bestselling author, his new book, Battlegrounds, describes the greatest challenges we face and recommends how the United States and partners across the free world can secure a future of peace and prosperity for future generations. As a retired general and former combat commander who was named by Forbes to its annual list of the world's 50 greatest leaders, McMaster writes and speaks about how competent, empathetic leadership is essential for the United States to emerge from the COVID-19 crisis stronger and restore confidence in our democratic principles, institutions and processes.

Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World

Former National Security Advisor, Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster provides a bold and provocative examination of the most critical foreign policy and national security challenges that face the United States, and an urgent call to compete to preserve America’s standing and security.   McMaster's re ...

Former National Security Advisor, Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster provides a bold and provocative examination of the most critical foreign policy and national security challenges that face the United States, and an urgent call to compete to preserve America’s standing and security. 

 McMaster's remarkable first-hand experience includes 34 years of service in the U.S. Army with multiple tours of duty in battlegrounds overseas, as well as his 13 months as National Security Advisor in the Trump White House. In his illuminating, substantive remarks, he brings this experience to life, and dives into the world-shifting events chronicled in his new book Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World. McMaster also provides a powerful call for Americans and citizens of the free world to transcend the vitriol of partisan political discourse, better educate themselves about the most significant challenges to national and international security and work together to secure peace and prosperity for future generations. 

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 whose 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 whose 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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<p><strong>Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster is highly sought-after for his in-depth analysis of the war in Ukraine and the broader geo-strategic competitions with Russia and China</strong></p>

Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster is highly sought-after for his in-depth analysis of the war in Ukraine and the broader geo-strategic competitions with Russia and China

General H. R. MCMASTER has been in-demand for his analysis of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the wide-reaching implications for international security, trade, energy security, and U.S. foreign, defense, and economic policies. From the battlefields overseas to the White House, the Former National Security Advisor distinguished himself through bold leadership, thorough analysis, and clear recommendations. In an appearance on CBS Mornings, the Hoover Institution Senior Fellow called the Russian invasion “the end of our holiday from history,” explaining how the recent past produced our present from the collapse of the Soviet Union to the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine.

McMaster, who holds a Ph.D. in Military History, places current trends and events in historical context and sheds fresh light and understanding on what we must do to overcome challenges, take advantage of opportunities, and build a better future for generations to come. His insights have been sought-after for events with Blackstone Group, the Munich Security Conference, Georgetown University, and many more. In another appearance on CBS Mornings, the Battlegrounds author and host of the Battlegrounds podcast identifies what more we can do to overcome Russian aggression against Ukraine, Europe, and the free world. Hailed for his “fearless expertise on the world stage,” General McMaster is the preeminent voice providing historic context, unparalleled insights, and practical military and diplomatic judgment to our most vital conversations.

Watch H. R. McMaster’s keynote on Putin for the Hoover Institution here >>

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<p><strong>H.R. McMaster’s newest book <em>Battlegrounds</em> is a bold and provocative examination of the most critical foreign policy and national security challenges that face the United States</strong></p>

H.R. McMaster’s newest book Battlegrounds is a bold and provocative examination of the most critical foreign policy and national security challenges that face the United States

Lieutenant General H. R. MCMASTER is a preeminent voice on leadership, global security, and international affairs, and his book Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World is garnering praise for being a serious book about serious issues. The groundbreaking work is an in-depth look at national security and the geopolitical landscape impacting industries here at home and abroad, and an urgent call to preserve America’s standing and security in the world. The former National Security Advisor was interviewed on CBS News' 60 Minutes about his book, which opens, "this is not the book that most people wanted me to write." McMaster dives into his efforts to fundamentally shift policies while he was National Security Advisor, and provides a clear pathway forward to improve strategic competence and prevail in complex competitions against our adversaries. Recognized for his leadership in the Gulf War, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom, General McMaster – who also holds a Ph.D. in History – is precisely the speaker for any organization seeking to understand how the changing geopolitical landscape will impact their industry and the world.

Whether it’s NPR's feature of General McMaster’s newest book, or USA TodayNational ReviewMSNBCCNNThe Washington PostPoliticoThe Hoover InstituteAxios, ABC’s Good Morning America, or even The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, everyone agrees Battlegrounds is an important book by a statesman who brings our focus back to critical issues and solutions. In his illuminating, substantive remarks, he brings his experience and insights from Battlegrounds to life, and meeting planners rave, “he was great. He connected well with the students, donors, and other VIPs… I am impressed, as others were, with how accessible he is.” (Boise State University)

<p>H.R. McMaster gives informed and timely commentary on the future of the free world</p>

H.R. McMaster gives informed and timely commentary on the future of the free world

National Security expert H.R. MCMASTER gives audiences informed and timely commentary on the future of the free world. McMaster hosts Battlegrounds, a Hoover video broadcast, featuring compelling and important interviews, such as an episode with three leading experts who analyzed the implications of the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Watch here >> He is frequently sought out to write and comment on the past and future of Afghanistan, speaking on TODAY, on the Honestly with Bari Weiss podcast, MSNBC’s Morning Joe, PBS’s News Hour, Fox News, CBS This Morning, Jewish Insider’s Limited Liability podcast, publishing recent op eds in the Wall Street Journal, and The Sunday Times, and being written about in Axios. He’s also sought out to speak on China for the Aspen Ideas Festival, NPR’s Morning Edition, and wrote an op ed for Politico.

McMaster’s highly acclaimed Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World was recently released in paperback, with new text from McMaster discussing the January 2021 assault on the U.S. Capitol and recommending how citizens across the free world can work together to restore confidence in democratic institutions and processes. Author of Dereliction of Duty on the errors of the political and military leadership that led to defeat in Vietnam, McMaster draws on his extensive expertise and military background to discuss current world affairs. McMaster is a highly sought after speaker, recently appearing at SALT Venture Group LLC, Alphatec Spine, Chief Executives Organization, and Credit Union National Association, Inc., and engaged to speak at the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation, Baystate Financial, Hinson Ltd. Public Relations, and the Society of Orators, LLC.

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H.R. McMaster in the news

Former National Security Advisor Lieutenant General H.R. McMASTER is a preeminent voice on leadership, global security and international affairs. 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." Sought out for his extensive insights and recent global experience, General McMaster makes many appearances in the media.  Follow his latest here:

7.4.2022  It’s up to us to restore America’s national pride and confidence  |  The Hill

4.3.2022  McMaster says "utter failure" of Russian army prompted shift in Ukraine | Face the Nation

3.7.2022  H.R. McMaster: 'I believe Ukraine can win the war' | FRANCE 24 English

3.7.2022  Ukraine Invasion: 'Putin has failed already' says former US National Security Adviser  |  Sky News

3.4.2022  Former national security adviser H.R. McMaster discusses Russia's attack of Ukrainian nuclear complex  |  CBS Mornings

2.27.2022  McMaster says Putin "got a lot more than he bargained for" with Ukraine invasion  |  Face the Nation

 

<p><strong>VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING: General H.R. McMaster is a leading voice on global politics, the Presidency, and the United States' national security</strong></p>

VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING: General H.R. McMaster is a leading voice on global politics, the Presidency, and the United States' national security

Former National Security Advisor under President Trump, Lieutenant General H. R. MCMASTER is a preeminent voice on leadership, global security, and international affairs. In a recent WSJ Op-Ed about the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA), McMaster praised citizens' capacity to demand more of their government's economic policies through political action or protest. Speaking on the pandemic, at a recent virtual event for the University of Pennsylvania's Perry House entitled "The Geopolitics of the Covid-19 Pandemic", McMaster shed light on how the virus could leave lasting and potentially major effects on the global order itself. In a podcast interview with Rethink, General McMaster shares the importance of empathy as a leadership trait required to bridge divides within companies, communities, and countries. He provided further insight into the geopolitical and geoeconomic implications of the coronavirus on the Hoover Institute's Virtual Policy Briefing, and penned a highly-influential article in the May 2020 edition of The Atlantic "How China Sees the World." His latest book, Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World is a bold and provocative re-examination of the most critical foreign policy and national security challenges that face the United States, and an urgent call to compete to preserve America’s standing and security. Rave reviews from McMaster's recent engagements include: "He was great. He connected well with students, donors and other VIPs... I am impressed, as others were, with how accessible he is." (Boise State University) Just tapped to join the board of Zoom, where he will work to help the platform become the "world's most secure," McMaster is an in-demand leader and voice amid challenging times. 

<p>Virtual Programming: Geopolitical Outlook with H.R. McMaster</p>

Virtual Programming: Geopolitical Outlook with H.R. McMaster

Former National Security Advisor, Lieutenant General H. R. MCMASTER is a preeminent voice on leadership, global security and international affairs. Just tapped to join the board of Zoom, where McMaster will work to help the platform become the "world's most secure," McMaster is an in-demand leader and voice amid challenging times. He's recently been sought-out for a virtual event for the University of Pennsylvania's Perry House entitled "The Geopolitics of the Covid-19 Pandemic", McMaster shed light on the ways in which the virus could leave lasting and potentially major effects on the global order itself: on the balance of power, the health of international institutions, and more.He addresses questions such as: How are the great powers competing for world recognition, and how are they exploiting each other’s weaknesses in this time of crisis? On the other hand, how might they cooperate to address the common threat to humanity? Finally, how might this crisis reshape geopolitical dynamics? McMaster provided further insight into the geopolitical and geoeconomic implications of the coronavirus on the Hoover Institute's Virtual Policy Briefing. He also penned a highly-influential article in the May 2020 edition of The Atlantic "How China Sees the World." 

McMaster's latest book, Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World (April, 2020) is a bold and provocative re-examination of the most critical foreign policy and national security challenges that face the United States, and an urgent call to compete to preserve America’s standing and security. His remarkable first-hand experience includes 34 years of service in the U.S. Army with multiple tours of duty in battlegrounds overseas, as well as his 13 months as National Security Advisor in the Trump White House. In his illuminating, substantive remarks, he brings his experience and insights to life. Rave reviews from McMaster's recent engagements include: "He was great. He connected well with students, donors and other VIPs... I am impressed, as others were, with how accessible he is." (Boise State University)

<p>H.R. McMaster is a preeminent voice on leadership and international affairs</p>

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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<p>H.R. McMaster shares insights on the energy sector </p>

H.R. McMaster shares insights on the energy sector 

Former National Security Advisor (2017-18) and retired Lieutenant General H.R. MCMASTER was sought-out as the keynote speaker for the Argus Americas Crude Summit where he shed illuminating light on the impact of foreign affairs on the energy sector. Diving into key issues such as sanctions on Venezuela and security affairs in the Middle East, McMaster addressed hundreds of attendees from across the crude oil supply network. He also serves on the Board of Advisors to Getka Group, an company focused on oil and gas energy alternatives. A three-star general who until recently served as National Security Advisor under President Donald Trump, McMaster has "an impeccable reputation as a warrior-intellectual" (according to the New Yorker), and is renowned for his leadership in the Gulf War, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.  A current Senior Fellow at The Hoover Institution, he has also been named to TIME's "100 Most Influential People in the World" and Fortune's "50 World's Greatest Leaders."

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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. H.R. is the Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and lecturer at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.

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.

McMaster has extensive experience leading soldiers and organizations in wartime in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom, in Iraq during Operation Desert Storm, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He also served overseas as advisor to the most senior commanders in the Middle East. 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.

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. He teaches graduate courses at Stanford on contemporary challenges to international security and building strategic competence.

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. Reviewers describe his most recent bestseller, Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World, as “indispensable” and “an illuminating source of geopolitical insight.” 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, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, New Republic and The New York Times. He was a contributing editor for Survival: Global Politics and Strategy from 2010-2017.

He is a distinguished graduate of the United States Military Academy. His military awards include the Silver Star Medal, the Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster, and the Purple Heart.