Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster

Visiting Fellow / National Security Affairs Fellow 2002-2003
Biography: 

Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster is a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution. He was a national security affairs fellow at Hoover from 2002 to 2003.

He assumed duties as the Director, Army Capabilities Integration Center and Deputy Commanding General, Futures, US Army Training and Doctrine Command on 15 July 2014. Prior to his arrival at Fort Eustis he served as Commanding General, Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning from June 2012 to July 2014. Previously he served as Commander, Combined Joint Inter-Agency Task Force Shafafiyat (Transparency) in Kabul, Afghanistan. He 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.

LTG McMaster's previous command assignments include Eagle Troop, Second Armored Cavalry Regiment in Bamberg, Germany and in Southwest Asia during the 1991 Persian Gulf War; 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry in Schweinfurt Germany from 1999 to 2002; and 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Carson, Colorado and in Iraq from June 2004 to June 2006. Staff assignments include Director of Concept Development and Learning at the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command from August 2008 to May 2010; Special Assistant to the Commander, Multinational Force-Iraq from February 2007 to May 2008; Director, Commander's Advisory Group at US Central Command from May 2003 to 2004; and squadron executive officer and regimental operations officer in the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment from July 1997 to July 1999. He also served as an assistant professor of history at the United States Military Academy from 1994 to 1996.

He is the author of the award-winning book Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam. He has published numerous articles on historical and national security affairs topics in edited volumes, newspapers, magazines, and professional journals.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, contributing editor for Survival magazine and a senior consulting fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London.

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"Think-Learn-Analyze-Implement: How the Army Develops Capability and Capacity to Develop the Future Force" at College of William and Mary

by Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The US Army develops capabilities to improve the combat effectiveness of the future force by using the "Think-Learn-Analyze-Implement" construct.

Harbingers of Future War: Implications for the Army with Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster

by Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

LTG H.R. McMaster discusses the harbingers of future war and implications for the United States Army.

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LTG McMaster Keynote Speech at the 100th Anniversary of ROTC at Norwich University

by Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The importance of ROTC to our nation in creating leaders and connecting the military to those in whose name they fight.

#Leadership Through Example

by Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster
Thursday, March 31, 2016

Advice for battalion and squadron commanders before assuming command.

Battle of 73 Easting: Victory from Chaos

by Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster
Monday, February 29, 2016

Panel discussion at the George Bush Presidential Library/ Annenberg Presidential Conference Center, Texas A&M University on 25 February 2016 marking the 25th anniversary of the Battle of 73 Easting.

Eagle Troop at the Battle of 73 Easting: Lessons for Today's Small Unit Leaders

by Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster
Thursday, February 25, 2016

Advice for young combat leaders through the story of the Battle of 73 Easting on 25 February 1991.

California Gold Star Parents event, "A Toast to America's Finest" with Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster at the Marines' Memorial Club

by Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster
Friday, February 19, 2016

Remembering the sacrifices of fallen soldiers and Gold Star families and their enduring example as warriors and humanitarians.

Continuity and Change: The Army Operating Concept and Clear Thinking About Future War

by Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster
Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Anticipating the demands of future armed conflict requires an understanding of continuities in the nature of war as well as an appreciation for changes in the character for armed conflict.

The Uncertainties of Strategy

by Lieutenant General H. R. McMastervia Taylor & Francis
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Lawrence Freedman's Strategy: A History draws out the need for strategy to be consistent with the enduring nature of war.

The Pipe Dream of Easy War

by Lieutenant General H. R. McMastervia New York Times
Saturday, July 20, 2013

FORT BENNING, Ga. — “A GREAT deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep,” the novelist Saul Bellow once wrote. We should keep that in mind when we consider the lessons from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — lessons of supreme importance as we plan the military of the future.

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