Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster has been named President Trump’s new National Security Adviser, replacing Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who was asked to step down from the position.
McMaster was announced as the new National Security Adviser on Monday afternoon, as reported by the L.A. Times:
President Trump named Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his new national security advisor Monday, replacing Michael Flynn, who was forced to resign last week.
McMaster, a career Army officer and strategist, is known as one of the military’s most prominent intellectuals.
“He is highly respected by everyone in the military, and we’re very honored to have him,” Trump said of McMaster in making the announcement while seated in the living room of Mar-a-Lago, his estate here, between a uniformed McMaster and Keith Kellogg, who had been interim national security advisor.
Kellogg will return to his previous role as chief of staff to the jobholder, now McMaster.
Here are six reasons why conservatives will love the pick, who also happens to be six different kinds of badass.
1. Battle-Tested Veteran
As reported by Heavy.com, Lt. Gen. McMaster led troops at the Battle of 73 Easting in 1991 during the Persian Gulf War. He commanded the Eagle Troop of the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment as it easily defeated Iraqi security forces, which outnumbered American troops. Military experts still draw lessons from that battle today.
2. Military Strategist
Lt. Gen. McMaster is a forward thinker who is looking to get ahead of the curve, whether it be on the technological, political-ideological, or unconventional warfare fronts. McMaster’s commentary on battling ISIS aligns with Clausewitz’s advice in war to first define political victory before taking action; McMaster advises to put “politics at the center” of the U.S.’ conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
3. Student of Military History
The Lt. Gen. speaks at length and with erudition about a wide array of security-related topics; not just conventional warfare, but disinformation, espionage, terrorism, cyber warfare, and asymmetrical warfare. McMaster is a respected intellectual in the military history and strategy fields. His remarks on the need for U.S. to develop a unified “grand strategy” would remedy a major deficiency in America’s foreign affairs; it enables the political will through clarifying the national interest and provides a plan for preparation so the nation can better defend itself against future adversaries and enemies.
Strategy goes beyond mere material interest for McMaster, but extends into the realm of the moral. A war’s justification should be made clear to the American people, in order for parents of sons and daughters being asked to sacrifice themselves for the nation are morally reassured of the high stakes for country.
4. Alert to ‘Cyber-Warfare’ and Future War
Especially in light of cyberwarfare carried out by Russia and China against the United States, McMaster’s appointment is reassuring due to the Lt. Gen.’s comprehensive approach to various forms of warfare and willingness to develop strategies not simply to react, but to counteract, and counter-attack to such attacks when appropriate.
McMaster’s approach to fighting ISIS, for example, takes into account the various social and ideological factors contributing to the group’s ability to subsist, in addition to its weaponry, territorial control, and resources.
5. Believes Army Officers Should Hold POTUS Accountable
In his book “Dereliction of Duty,” as Heavy notes, McMaster criticizes military officers and Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, who served under LBJ, for not standing up to the president’s misguided military plans. Written as a Ph.D. thesis, the book now stands are “recommended reading” for Colonels and Generals.
6. Says Army Needs Serious Upgrade
“We are outranged and outgunned by many potential adversaries,” McMaster has said. “[And] our army in the future risks being too small to secure the nation.”
As Breaking Defense reported:
The largest service is officially on a path down to 980,000 soldiers — 450,000 full-time regulars, 530,000 mostly part-time troops in the Reserve and Guard — but with manpower the military’s biggest expense, further reductions are definitely up for debate. Army leaders have said repeatedly that 980,000 is “minimally sufficient” for a major war, and even then only at “high risk” of casualties. As the Army’s official futurist — the deputy commanding general of Training & Doctrine Command (TRADOC) for “futures” — the famously outspoken McMaster went further today.
“As we look to the future Sir, we think that risk will become unacceptable,” McMaster said to a subcommittee of the Senate Armed Services. Even now, he added, “we’re having a harder and harder time for the smaller force to keep pace with increasing demand.”
President Trump is adding a brilliant and capable military man to his staff of national security advisers. Lt. Gen. McMaster should help the United States prepare for future warfare it needs to fight while avoiding those battles that lead only to a loss of the nation’s blood and treasure.
Editor’s Note: UPDATED: 2/20/2017 4:14 p.m. EST