H. R. McMaster

Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow

H. R. McMaster is the Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.  He is also the Bernard and Susan Liautaud Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute and lecturer at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.  He was the 26th assistant to the president for National Security Affairs. Upon graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1984, McMaster 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 the director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center and the deputy commanding general of the US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). As commanding general of the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, he oversaw all training and education for the army’s infantry, armor, and cavalry force. His has extensive experience leading soldiers and organizations in wartime including Commander, Combined Joint Inter-Agency Task Force—Shafafiyat in Kabul, Afghanistan from 2010 to 2012; Commander, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment in Iraq from 2005 to 2006; and Commander, Eagle Troop, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment in Operation Desert Storm from 1990 to 1991. McMaster also served overseas as advisor to the most senior commanders in the Middle East, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

McMaster holds a PhD in military history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He was an assistant professor of history at the United States Military Academy from 1994 to 1996.  He is author of Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World and the award-winning Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Lies that Led to Vietnam.  He was a contributing editor for Survival: Global Politics and Strategy from 2010 to 2017.  His many essays, articles, and book reviews on leadership, history, and the future of warfare have appeared in The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, Survival, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times.  

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H. R. McMaster: The Policy “Battlegrounds” He Has Won, Lost, And Continues To Fight

interview with H. R. McMastervia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, US Army, ret., the former national security advisor and the Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution discusses his latest book, Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World, a 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.

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The Threat From North Korea And The Future Of The South Korean – American Alliance

interview with Ho-Young Ahn, H. R. McMastervia Fellow Talks
Tuesday, September 22, 2020

H.R. McMaster in conversation with Ho-Young Ahn, President of University of North Korean Studies on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 9:00 AM PT.


H.R. McMaster: China Is A Rival And We Need To Compete

interview with H. R. McMastervia Morning Joe (MSNBC)
Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow H. R. McMaster discusses US relationships with China and the Oracle/Walmart partnership with TikTok.


Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster: Russia Wants To Pit Americans Against Each Other

interview with H. R. McMastervia The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Tuesday, September 22, 2020

(1:52) Hoover Institution fellow H. R, McMaster discusses his new book Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World and says that Russia's disinformation campaign is meant to sow discord in an attempt to undermine U.S. democracy. 

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Former Top Trump Adviser Calls President's Policy 'Unwise'

mentioning H. R. McMastervia CNN Politics
Tuesday, September 22, 2020

President Donald Trump's former national security adviser H.R. McMaster said the withdrawal of US troops from places like Afghanistan and Germany are "mistakes" from a long-term national security perspective and called for a sustained commitment to assisting the Afghan government and its security forces.

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H. R. McMaster’s Battlegrounds: A Fight For The Soul Of U.S. Foreign Policy

featuring H. R. McMastervia National Interest
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
From the author: How can the U.S. gather its energies and reorient its foreign policy so as to best match the domineering challenge from China, without either losing in other directions, or engaging in a kind of strategic autism? Only the glib will suggest they already have every precise answer. This is going to take time. Meanwhile, McMaster offers hard-earned wisdom regarding the road ahead.
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Trump Blasts China In Video Speech To U.N. General Assembly

mentioning H. R. McMastervia CBS News
Tuesday, September 22, 2020

President Trump delivered a pre-taped speech to the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday and said the world must hold China "accountable" for the coronavirus. Rebecca Lissner joins CBSN to discuss that plus her new book, "An Open World: How America Can Win the Contest for Twenty-First-Century Order."

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Ex-Trump National Security Adviser Says US Leaders 'Making It Easy For Putin' To Meddle

featuring H. R. McMastervia The Hill
Tuesday, September 22, 2020

President Trump's former national security adviser H.R. McMaster said that Trump and other U.S. leaders are “making it easy” for Russian President Vladimir Putin to meddle in the U.S. election when they echo divisive messages.

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Donald Trump On H.R. McMaster

quoting H. R. McMastervia Twitter
Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Our wonderful General blew up Scarborough’s FAKE two year narrative. Thank you General H.R. McMaster. Look forward to reading your book, “Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World.”


H.R. McMaster: Trump Urges World Nations To Hold China Accountable For Coronavirus Toll

interview with H. R. McMastervia Fox News
Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow H. R. McMaster discusses China's repression of the truth as well as China's inability to take some responsibility concerning the spread of COVID-19.


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