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Michèle Flournoy
Michele Flournoy

Michèle Flournoy

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, WestExec & Fmr. U.S. Undersecretary of Defense for Policy

Michèle Flournoy is the co-founder and managing partner of WestExec, a strategic advisory firm offering unique geopolitical expertise, and the co-founder and former CEO of the Center for a New American Security. Previously, she served as the undersecretary of defense for policy under President Obama. She was a Pentagon policy chief and the principal adviser to the Secretary of Defense in the formulation of national security and defense policy, oversight of military plans and operations, and in National Security Council deliberations. Flournoy serves on the CNAS board of directors.


More About Michèle Flournoy

To succeed in the president’s ambition of ultimately destroying the Islamic State — or even to contain its gains or roll them back — a broader and more intensive effort is needed.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Former Undersecretary of Defense Michele Flournoy tells Renee Montagne that the current U.S. policy toward the self-proclaimed Islamic State, also known as ISIS, suffers from creeping incrementalism.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Flournoy discusses U.S. efforts to fight terrorism around the world.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Inskeep talks to Flournoy about the American-led strategy, and what will be needed to ensure success.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

A Twitter chat about today’s most pressing national security issues.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

"America under Trump seems to have lost its way on foreign policy: we have no clear strategy to deal with security and human rights issues or to counter the other great powers competing with us globally. Michèle Flournoy, former Undersecretary of State, highlights the need to real and immediate clarity on this issue."

Monday, October 1, 2018

"Polls show that more than two-thirds of Americans support increased trade ties overseas, and there remains a strong bipartisan consensus for U.S. engagement in Asia. Now it is up to lawmakers on Capitol Hill to ensure that the U.S. reaps the national security windfall of the TPP. To fail would be a historic strategic folly."

Sunday, March 8, 2015

"Cyberspace has been recognized as a new arena for competition among states ever since it came into existence. In the United States, there have long been warnings of a “cyber–Pearl Harbor”—a massive digital attack that could cripple the country’s critical infrastructure without a single shot being fired."

Sunday, September 30, 2018

"The foundations of U.S. strategy in Asia historically have been alliances and a forward U.S. military presence, free trade, open institutions, and support for democracy. This strategy is now principally challenged by China’s assertiveness and revisionism."

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

"The Obama administration’s decision to include China in the world’s largest naval exercise is only the latest U.S. move designed to encourage Beijing to play a more productive role in the world. Such efforts have been a signature feature of Washington’s China policy since the normalization of relations in 1979."

Friday, July 4, 2014

"Michèle Flournoy, CEO of the Center for a New American Security discusses America’s allies, Britain’s exit from the European Union, and countering increasingly assertive Russia and China."

Monday, September 26, 2016

"A new report from a prominent defense think tank examines 70 years of US national security policy and processes, and makes recommendations for the next president as he or she builds a national security team."

Friday, March 25, 2016