Almost one week after Michael Flynn was forced to resign President Trump has appointed a new national security advisor. On Monday while in Florida, the President announced that he will be appointing retired Gen H.R. McMaster. The general is a writer and considers an intellectual who lead a unit “dedicated to anticipating future military challenges.”
During the announcement, Gen McMaster thanked the President saying that “I would just like to say what a privilege it is to be able to continue serving our nation. I’m grateful to you for the opportunity, and I look forward to joining the national security team and doing everything I can to advance and protect the interest of the American people.”
USA Today listed the accomplishments of the general:
McMaster, viewed as one of the Army’s leading intellects, holds a doctoral degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He is a decorated combat veteran whose innovative leadership in counterinsurgency helped secure the restive city of Tal Afar in Iraq from Sunni insurgents in 2005.McMaster, a protege of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, is also a noted author.
His 1997 book on the Vietnam War — Dereliction of Duty: Johnson, McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam — has been required reading for many national security officials.
Gen McMaster has been an advocate calling for a larger and “better-equipped Army”.
The new national security adviser warned the Senate in testimony last year that the Army had shrunk its ranks too far and lacked the new weaponry it needed to keep pace with U.S. enemies. It has been “outranged and outgunned by many potential adversaries,” he told a panel of the Armed Services Committee in April.
Advanced weapons mean the Army’s main armored vehicles, the Bradley Fighting Vehicle and Abrams tank, “will soon be obsolete,” he said. The Army has no plans to replace either vehicle.
One week after the nightmare of the Flynn resignation the President found a smarter, less controversial, and nonpartisan pick. No doubt McMaster will serve well as he has experience war gaming the future.
Source: USA Today