Michèle Flournoy quoted in Nextgov article, “Experts Explore the Need for a National Technology Strategy”

"'The stakes are very, very high,' former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michèle Flournoy, who is chair of the [Center for New American Security] board, said during the webinar. 'And I think we've seen that without a clear national-level effort and strategy, we are taking a risk that we won't keep the edge and key areas where we really do need to do that…'" Read the full article here: Full Article

2021-03-17T00:00:13-04:00March 17, 2021|Cybersecurity & Defense|

Michèle Flournoy featured on BBC Newsnight, “What’s the Plan for ‘Global Britain’?”

"As the UK government announces it will lift the cap on its nuclear stockpile and the foreign secretary says he will seek trade deals with countries that violate international standards on human rights in a leaked recording, what image is the UK projecting across the world?" Michèle Flournoy discusses with Foreign Officer minister James Cleverly, former International Development Secretary, Rory Stewart, and Professor of Global History at Oxford University, Peter Frankopan." Watch the full interview here: Full Interview

2021-03-06T00:00:54-05:00March 6, 2021|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Michèle Flournoy speaks at Duke University’s National Security Law conference, “A National Security Discussion with Ms. Michèle Flournoy”

In conversation with Maj. Gen. Charlie Dunlap, USAF (Ret.) and Executive Director of Duke University's Center on Law, Ethics, and National Security, Michèle Flournoy "offered insights on a range of topics including the recent exchange of air strikes between the U.S. and Iranian-backed militias in Syria, the Obama administration’s counterinsurgency strategy in Pakistan, the urgency of addressing climate change, Russia’s gray zone tactics against democracy, and the preparedness of the United States to compete with China…" Watch the full event here: [...]

2021-03-05T00:00:12-05:00March 5, 2021|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Michèle Flournoy featured in Hoover Institution podcast, “Are We Ready for War With China?”

"[Podcast hosts] John and Misha are joined by Tom Tugendhat MP, from London, for a discussion with Michèle Flournoy, Undersecretary of Defense for Policy in the Obama Administration, on the China challenge, whether the US is maintaining its edge in the Pacific, the role of allies, the impact of new technologies, and the threat of war..." Listen to the full episode here: Full Episode

2021-03-03T00:00:28-05:00March 3, 2021|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Michèle Flournoy quoted in Military.com article, “Taiwan Now the ‘Flashpoint’ for Biden Administration’s China Policy, Flournoy Says”

"When the Navy carrier Roosevelt entered the South China Sea on the same day Chinese bombers and fighters flew into Taiwan's airspace, it signaled how difficult it will be for the Biden administration to craft a new China policy, former Pentagon policy chief Michèle Flournoy said Monday. "'Taiwan has really become the flashpoint’ of U.S. China relations following efforts in the waning days of the Trump administration to bolster military ties to Taiwan, said Flournoy..." Read the full article here: Full [...]

2021-03-29T00:54:24-04:00January 25, 2021|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Michèle Flournoy interviewed by The World, “How Trump’s ‘Dangerous State of Mind’ in Wake of Capitol Riot Could Harm U.S. National Security”

"I think longer term, the biggest concern I have is with China and Russia. They both like to perpetuate and proliferate this narrative of US decline, and you can be sure that the news, state-run media in both countries, are running the clips of the insurrection and the mob violence on the Capitol over and over and over again — not only to undermine US credibility but to discredit democracy itself. And that's a very harmful impact..." Read the full interview [...]

2021-01-19T10:52:19-05:00January 8, 2021|Cybersecurity & Defense|

WestExec Advisors and Schmidt Futures partner on a new publication, “A Playbook for the Department of Defense: Recruiting and Hiring Tech Talent”

“This playbook is a blueprint for organizational leaders and human resource professionals at the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) on how to recruit and hire an exceptional technical workforce.” “The task of leading Department of Defense organizations to be more forward leaning on recruiting and hiring technical talent involves navigating among three main constituency groups: 1.) human resource professionals; 2.) organizational leaders; and 3.) subject matter experts. All three of these groups should be allies in the effort to recruit and [...]

2021-05-20T01:55:30-04:00December 19, 2020|Cybersecurity & Defense, Social Impact|

Michèle Flournoy interviewed on the Skimm This podcast, “New Admin, Who Dis?: Cabinet Picks and Challenges”

"We’re all pretty excited for a fresh start in 2021. Before we get there, we’ve got some vaccine news for you and a look at who might get a dose before the end of the year. Then, there’s one person who’s already making his intentions clear for 2021: President-Elect Joe Biden. We’ve got the who’s who on his cabinet picks and how he’s already making some contrasts between his team and President Trump’s..." Listen to the full episode here: Full Episode

2020-12-16T15:24:57-05:00December 2, 2020|Cybersecurity & Defense|

Michèle Flournoy writes in CNN: “Key Player in War on Climate Change? The Pentagon”

"In the final presidential debate Thursday night, Vice President Joe Biden called climate change an 'existential threat to humanity' that we have a moral obligation to address. Whoever leads the country for the next four years in January has an opportunity to substantially reduce carbon emissions while creating millions of new green tech jobs that could help revive and strengthen the American economy after the Covid-19 crisis..." Read the full article here: Full Article

2020-11-18T15:53:01-05:00October 26, 2020|Cybersecurity & Defense|

Michèle Flournoy speaks at Association of Defense Communities conference, “Are You Ready for What’s Next? The Future of Our National Defense”

"There is a growing consensus in Congress and DOD that we are entering a new era of great power competition and in order to be prepared for the threat posed by near-peer competitors the military must re-align its strategic military doctrines, culture, and service programs and budgets. But what exactly will those re-alignments look like? And what are the implications for installations and defense communities? This discussion will explore these questions as top military leaders and defense experts dive into these [...]

2020-10-23T17:21:59-04:00October 22, 2020|Cybersecurity & Defense|
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