At A Glance:

Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster is the Japan chair at Hudson Institute and the Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

Biography

Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster is the Japan chair at Hudson Institute and the Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He teaches courses at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and in the master of international policy curriculum at the Freeman Spogli Institute. Upon graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1984, Lt. Gen. McMaster served as a commissioned officer in the United States Army for 34 years before retiring as a lieutenant general in June 2018. His final appointment was as the 25th assistant to the president for national security affairs.

His experience leading soldiers and organizations in wartime includes 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. Lt. Gen. McMaster also served overseas as advisor to the most senior commanders in the Middle East, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

From 2014 to 2017, Lt. Gen. 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.

Lt. Gen. McMaster holds a PhD in military history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is author of the bestsellers >Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World and 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 essays, articles, and book reviews on leadership, history, and the future of warfare have appeared in many publications, including Survival, National Review, The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Wall Street Journal, The Spectator, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and New York Times.

 

Events
19
December 2022
Past Event
Strengthening the US-Japan Alliance: A Conversation with Senator Bill Hagerty
Featured Speakers:
Senator Bill Hagerty
H.R. McMaster
Fumio Kishida H.R. McMaster
19
December 2022
Past Event
Strengthening the US-Japan Alliance: A Conversation with Senator Bill Hagerty

Please join Hudson Japan Chair H.R. McMaster and Sen. Bill Hagerty, a former US ambassador to Japan, as they discuss how to deepen the US-Japan relationship.

Monday 5:00 - 6:00AM
Fumio Kishida H.R. McMaster
Featured Speakers:
Senator Bill Hagerty
H.R. McMaster
08
September 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | From Ukraine to Taiwan: Charting a New US-Japan Alliance
Featured Speakers:
H.R. McMaster
Kunihiko Miyake
President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida attend the Japan-US summit meeting at Akasaka State Guest House on May 23, 2022 in Tokyo, Japan. (Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)
08
September 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | From Ukraine to Taiwan: Charting a New US-Japan Alliance

How is Russia’s invasion of Ukraine changing the US-Japan Alliance? What lessons from Ukraine are there for Taiwan’s defense against China’s Peo

Thursday 8:00 - 9:00AM
President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida attend the Japan-US summit meeting at Akasaka State Guest House on May 23, 2022 in Tokyo, Japan. (Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
H.R. McMaster
Kunihiko Miyake
04
August 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | The Implications of Speaker Pelosi’s Visit to Taiwan
Featured Speakers:
H.R. McMaster
Rebeccah L. Heinrichs
Patrick M. Cronin
A US government plane carrying Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi takes off from Taipei Songshan Airport on August 03, 2022, in Taipei, Taiwan. (Photo by Annabelle Chih/Getty Images)
04
August 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | The Implications of Speaker Pelosi’s Visit to Taiwan

The Taiwan visit by House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi raises new questions about peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait

Thursday 6:00 - 7:00AM
A US government plane carrying Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi takes off from Taipei Songshan Airport on August 03, 2022, in Taipei, Taiwan. (Photo by Annabelle Chih/Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
H.R. McMaster
Rebeccah L. Heinrichs
Patrick M. Cronin
21
April 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | Redesigning Contingency Planning Mechanisms in Northeast Asia
Featured Speakers:
Harry B. Harris Jr.
Ken Jimbo
In-bum Chun
H.R. McMaster
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken (C) speaks during a joint press availability with South Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong (L) and Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi (R) on February 12, 2022. (Getty Images)
21
April 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | Redesigning Contingency Planning Mechanisms in Northeast Asia

This event will premiere on this page at 12:00 p.m. EDT, Thursday, April 21. Register for the event here.

Thursday 8:00 - 9:00AM
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken (C) speaks during a joint press availability with South Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong (L) and Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi (R) on February 12, 2022. (Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Harry B. Harris Jr.
Ken Jimbo
In-bum Chun
H.R. McMaster