Michèle Flournoy

Co-Founder and CEO of the Center for a New American Security

Michèle Flournoy is co-founder and CEO of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS).

Previously, Flournoy served as the under secretary of defense for policy from 2009 to 2012. Prior to this role, she co-led President Obama’s transition team at the Department of Defense. She founded CNAS in 2007 and served as its president until 2009.

In the mid-1990s, Flournoy served as principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for strategy and threat reduction and deputy assistant secretary of defense for strategy. She was also senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies for several years and a distinguished research professor at the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University.

Flournoy is a member of the president’s Intelligence Advisory Board, the Defense Policy Board, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Aspen Strategy Group, and a Senior Fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She serves on the boards of The Mitre Corporation, Rolls Royce North America, Amida Technology Solutions, The Mission Continues, and CARE, and is a senior advisor at the Boston Consulting Group

Last Updated: August 10, 2017