Lieut. Gen. H. R. McMaster (US Army, ret.) is the Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, the Bernard and Susan Liautaud Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute, and lecturer at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. McMaster served as a commissioned officer in the United States Army for thirty-four years after graduation from West Point. In his last assignment he served as the 26th assistant to the president for National Security Affairs. He holds a PhD in American history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is author of the bestsellers Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World and Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies that Led to Vietnam. An ex-rugby player, he is now an avid paddleboarder. He and his wife, Katie, love living in California and being in the same state as their three daughters, two sons-in-law, and four grandchildren.