HR McMaster

H.R. McMaster

Former Consulting Senior Fellow


  • Military History

  • Civil-Military Relations

  • Development and Security

  • Conflict and Conflict Prevention

Background: Lieutenant-General H.R. McMaster is Director of the Army Capabilities and Integration Center and Deputy Commanding General of the Futures Center at US Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Eustis. He previously served as Commanding General of the Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning from June 2012 to July 2014. 

McMaster is a graduate of the US Military Academy and holds a PhD in military history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of the book Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam (1997), and among his many other publications is the 2003 monograph, Crack in the Foundation: Defense Transformation and the Underlying Assumption of Dominant Knowledge in Future War

McMaster served as an assistant professor of history at the US Military Academy from 1994 to 1996. He is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution on War Revolution and Peace and a member of the Council of Foreign Relations. Colonel McMaster joined US Central Command in May 2003, serving as Director, Commander’s Advisory Group until May 2004. 

From June 2004 until June 2006, McMaster served as the 71st Colonel of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. During his time at IISS, he also served as Special Assistant to Commander, Multinational Force Iraq. McMaster assumed duties as Chief of Concept Development and Experimentation at the US Army's Training and Doctrine Command in 2008. 

From 2010 to 2012 he commanded a multinational and interdepartmental task force in Afghanistan charged with reducing the threat of corruption and organised crime to the Afghan state.

Joined IISS: September 2006 - February 2017

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