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H. R. McMaster

in conversation with James Strock

Recorded June 17th, 2020

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H. R. McMaster in conversation with James Strock, July 17, 2020

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With thirty-four years of experience as an officer in the US Army commanding troops in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, and during Desert Storm, followed by a position as National Security Advisor in the White House, and professorships at Stanford University and the Hoover Institution, General H.R. McMaster brings us his well-qualified viewpoint of the geopolitical landscape and decades of first-hand knowledge of the global stage today.

He is author of the award-winning book Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Lies that Led to Vietnam.

His much-anticipated Battlegrounds, which covers his time in the service and the White House, will be released in September 2020. He 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.

James Strock served as the founding secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency, as well as chief law enforcement officer of the United States EPA. He is a trustee of the Theodore Roosevelt Association and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

He is a bestselling author of four books on service, politics and leadership, including Theodore Roosevelt on Leadership: Executive Lessons from the Bully Pulpit and Disrupt Politics: Reset Washington.

Strock tours the country speaking on these topics and hosts the popular Serve to Lead podcast. In addition to being a dynamic writer and speaker, he is an entrepreneur and reformer in business and government. Strock’s latest book, Serve to Lead 2.0: 21st Century Leaders Manual, implores organizations and individuals to achieve their greatest potential—and explains exactly how they can.

James attended Harvard College as an undergraduate and received his law degree from Harvard Law School. He also attended New College, Oxford and served to captain in the reserves, Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Army.

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    Recognizing the obvious limitations about what you can say about your time in the administration, what can you say about our current national leadership? One agenda would you recommend first to improve things?

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    We’re waiting for your new book’s release: What messages will it have for immediate time in terms of American leadrership?

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    What challenges does the pandemic bring up in terms of national security?

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    What was your main inspiration in writing Dereliction of Duty?

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    Have you always been a writer? What inspired you to write?

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    What was your biggest takeaway from your time as President Trump’s national-security adviser?

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    What does Rugby represent for you?

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    Who are some of your favorite authors, whether fiction or non-fiction, and have they influenced your writing?

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    What about Hong Kong?

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    The issue of Russian bounties on American soldiers in Afghanistan faded away. What should our military be doing?

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    When is the McMasters event? Your site says July 17 in one place and June 17 in others