President Trump announced that H. R. McMaster will be his new national security advisor after Michael Flynn stepped down last week.
“We have been working all weekend, very diligently and very hard,” Trump said. McMaster will become the national security advisor. He is a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience. I watched and read a lot over the last two days. We are very honored to have him.”
McMaster 54 years old , who earned the nickname “The Iconoclast General,” is a career Army officer who is still serving. He served in the Persian Gulf War and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Before becoming NSA, McMaster was the director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center and Deputy Commanding General, Futures at U.S Army Training.
“President, thank you very much. I would just like to say what a privilege it is to be able to continue serving our nation,” McMaster said
“I’m grateful to you for that opportunity, and I look forward to joining the national security team and doing everything that I can to advance and protect the interests of the American people. Thank you very much.”
1. McMaster Wrote the Book ‘Dereliction of Duty,’ Criticizing Vietnam-Era Officers
In 1997, McMaster published a book that criticized the military officers of the Vietnam War era for not challenging President Lyndon B Johnosn and Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara over their Vietnam strategies. Surprisingly, the book is on the Marine Corps as suggested reading for colonels and generals.
2. McMaster Warned That the Army Is ‘Out-Ranged & Outgunned by Many Potential Adversaries’
In an April 2016 he warned that the Army is too small at this point and the shrinking needs to stop.
3. McMaster Calls Cyber-Terrorism a ‘Significant Threat’
“We’ve got to work across the whole Army, because the future course of the Army is what 51 percent or more of the Army believes it is every day. So, you can’t work in a vacuum — you’ve got to work with everybody on it,”
4. McMaster’s Success at the Battle of 73 Easting Was Included in a Tom Clancy Novel
McMaster’s success during the Battle of 73 Easting was included in the Tom Clancy nonfiction book Armored Cav
5. McMaster Is a Student of Military History Who Sees Similarities in All Wars
“What we have to do is really develop the ability to think clearly about future war,” McMaster explained in 2015. “And what we have to do is identify changes in the so-called human domain and understand what is fundamentally driving conflict, which is human in nature.”