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Preserving the Warrior Ethos
November 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
NRI general members and NRPLUS members are invited to join us for a special webinar featuring John Hillen in conversation with Former National Security Advisor of the United States H. R. McMaster on his National Review cover story titled,
“Preserving the Warrior Ethos.”
This in-depth essay, which will appear in the November 15th issue, describes the importance of the American people understanding war and warriors. McMaster writes that “In democracies, if citizens do not understand war or are unsympathetic to the warrior ethos, it will become difficult to maintain the requirements of military effectiveness and to recruit the best young people into military service. The warrior ethos is what makes combat units effective. And because it is foundational to norms involving professional ethics, discipline, and discrimination in the use of force, the warrior ethos is essential to making war less inhumane.”
Hillen and McMaster have known each other as friends and colleagues in arms for over 30 years. In the late 1980’s, then Lieutenant Hillen served under the command of then Captain McMaster in the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment in Germany and fought alongside him in the Battle of the 73 Easting in Operation Desert Storm. They always stayed in close contact and reconnected again in a war zone in 2006 when then Assistant Secretary of State Hillen visited then Colonel McMaster during his celebrated command of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment in its fight against Iraqi insurgents in Tal Afar, Iraq.