26th United States National Security Advisor
Lt. General H. R. McMaster
About the Speaker
Lt. General H.R. McMaster, U.S. Army, ret., the former National Security Advisor and author of the bestselling classic Dereliction of Duty to present his new book: Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World.
Battlegrounds 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. Lt. Gen. McMaster offers a groundbreaking reassessment of America's place in the world, drawing from his 34 years of service in the U.S. Army (with multiple tours of duty in battlegrounds overseas) and his 13 months as National Security Advisor in the Trump White House.
H. R. McMaster, a native of Philadelphia, graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1984. He served as a U.S. Army officer for 34 years and retired as a lieutenant general in 2018. He remained on active duty while serving as the twenty-sixth assistant to the president for national security affairs. He is the Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and Stanford University. He is also the Susan and Bernard Liautaud Fellow at The Freeman Spogli Institute and Lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He serves as chairman of the advisory board of the Center for Military and Political Power at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Japan Chair at the Hudson Institute. He taught history at West Point and holds a PhD in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.