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The Distinguished Lecture Series brings eminent speakers to Boise State University from the realm of politics, academics, and humanitarian activism to promote the discussion of important issues and to enrich our campus and community.
The lectures are free of charge. The Distinguished Lecture Series is presented by the Honors College and President’s Office at Boise State University.
McMaster designed the future Army as director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center and deputy commanding general of the Futures, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command from 2014-17. As commanding general of the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, he oversaw all training and education for the Army’s infantry, armor and cavalry force. His extensive experience leading soldiers and organizations in wartime includes commander of the Combined Joint Inter-Agency Task Force Shafafiyat in Kabul, Afghanistan from 2010-12; commander of the Third Armored Cavalry Regiment in Iraq from 2005-06; and commander of the Eagle Troop Second Armored Cavalry Regiment in Operation Desert Storm from 1990-91. McMaster also served overseas as advisor to the most senior commanders in the Middle East, Iraq and Afghanistan.
McMaster was as an assistant professor of history at the United States Military Academy from 1994-96 where he taught undergraduate courses in military history and history of the Korean and Vietnam Wars, as well as a graduate course on the history of military leadership for officers enrolled in the Columbia University Master’s of Business Administration program.
McMaster has published scores of essays, articles and book reviews on leadership, history and the future of warfare in many publications including Foreign Affairs, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. He was a contributing editor for Survival magazine from 2010-17, and is a current senior fellow at The Hoover Institution. His award-winning book, “Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Lies that Led to Vietnam,” is a New York Times bestseller.
McMaster was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army upon graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1984. He holds a doctorate in military history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His military awards include the Silver Star Medal, Army Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster and the Purple Heart.