The HR McMaster Center for Security Studies Speaker Series at the Valley Forge Military College of Pennsylvania welcomed Northampton Community College assistant professor of political science Mr. Samuel Chen as its opening speaker for the fall 2021 semester.

In addition to his teaching roles, Mr. Chen is a private political consultant and expert in elections and campaigns. He addressed cadets about the election and political process in the United States.

“It is a great honor for me to be invited to open this year’s speaker series,” said Mr. Chen. “VFMC is known for educating cadets beyond the classroom and books to include the world around them. As future leaders, my intention is to share how the election and political processes are integral to the very society they will lead.”

The HR McMaster Center for Security Studies is named for VFMAC graduate Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster ‘80, US Army (retired) and received an honorary degree from VFMC in 2017. LTG McMaster served as the 26th National Security Advisor during the Trump administration.

The HR McMaster Center provides academic support for currently enrolled cadets and training opportunities for alumni and community members. It is a center of excellence providing non-partisan, research-driven academic programs to prepare future leaders in the fields of national security, criminal justice, intelligence, and cybersecurity. It aims to be the preeminent, internationally recognized center of academic excellence in national security, criminal justice, intelligence, and cybersecurity.

Other speakers for the fall 2021 Series include:

Brigadier General George Schwartz, director of the emergency planning and management program at Immaculata University, and assistant adjutant general of the Pennsylvania National Guard. He will speak on various aspects of his leadership experience both in and out of the military. Brigadier General Schwartz will be speaking to cadets in person on Oct. 14.

General Gustave Perna, ’81C. Recently retired as a four-star general, his last command was Operation Warp Speed, guiding the development of a COVID-19 vaccine. His forty-year career included numerous staff and command roles. He will address his VFMC experience and share how current cadets can leverage their own experiences to be successful in the army. General Perna will be speaking to cadets and alumni via Zoom on November 18.
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