Michèle Flournoy

CEO, Center for a New American Security

Michèle Flournoy is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). She served as the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from February 2009 to February 2012. She was 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. She led the development of DoD’s 2012 Strategic Guidance and represented the Department in dozens of foreign engagements, in the media and before Congress. Prior to confirmation, Flournoy co-led President Obama’s transition team at DoD. Flournoy co-founded CNAS, a nonpartisan think tank dedicated to developing strong, pragmatic and principled national security policies.