Lt. Gen. HR McMaster Named National Security Adviser

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H.R. McMaster
H.R. McMaster

Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center, has been selected by President Donald Trump to serve as national security adviser, The New York Times reported Monday.

Peter Baker and Michael Gordon write that McMaster, a West Point graduate, will continue to stay on active duty.

McMaster is “a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience… He is highly respected by everyone in the military, and we’re very honored to have him,” Trump said in a statement delivered at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

The appointment comes a week after Michael Flynn, a retired lieutenant general, resigned as national security adviser amid reported concerns by top White House officials about his phone conversations with Russia’s ambassador.

McMaster also serves as deputy commanding general for futures at the Army Training and Doctrine Command and is recognized for his leadership role in counterinsurgency efforts in Iraq in 2005, according to a report by David Jackson, Tom Vanden Brook and Jim Michaels for USA Today.

He has a doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and authored the 1997 book “Dereliction of Duty: Johnson, McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam.”

The report said he has been an advocate of a larger Army equipped with new weapon systems designed to address national security threats.

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