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Michèle Flournoy

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Is the US Ready for War? | Michèle Flournoy

Opinion Has It

Since the end of the Cold War, the United States has been the world’s only superpower – a status ensured by the country’s powerful military. But great-power competition is making a comeback, raising questions about US preparedness.Michèle Flournoy is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of WestExec Advisors, a co-founder and former CEO of the Center for a New American Security, and a former US under secretary of defense for policy.


8 Jun 2021

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The Director’s Chair: Michèle Flournoy on her life and career, China’s rise and America’s resilience

Lowy Institute: Live Events

In this episode of The Director’s Chair, Michael Fullilove speaks with the distinguished policymaker and policy entrepreneur Michèle Flournoy. Michèle is a former senior Pentagon official, managing partner of WestExec Advisors, and chair of the Center for a New American Security.Michèle is a leading expert on US defence and strategic policy. She served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy in the Clinton administration. Michèle also served as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy in the Obama administration, which made her, at the time, the highest-ranking woman in the history of the Pentagon. Michael and Michèle discuss the rise of China, the resilience of America and Australia’s and New Zealand’s approach to the world. Michèle also reflects on the Bush administration's decision to invade Iraq, the workplace environment at the Pentagon, and risk of conflict in the Taiwan Strait.


22 Apr 2021

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Michèle Flournoy: The Enemy Went to School

Western Way of War

Former US Under Secretary for Defence for Policy Michèle Flournoy talks to Peter Roberts about technology, concepts, young minds and competitive spaces in warfare. The conversation is predicated on the idea of obeying the just war principles until deterrence fails. Thereafter, we (the West) want a distinctly unfair fight.


22 Apr 2021

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High Stakes Persuasion With Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Michèle Flournoy

Negotiate Anything

In this episode, Michèle Flournoy, Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and Founder of Westexce Advisors, shares and helps to strategically analyze case studies from her time as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy under President Barack Obama.Request a Custom Workshop For Your CompanyGet Free Access to Over 15 Negotiation GuidesWestexce AdvisorsEmail: info@westexec.comFollow Kwame on LinkedInIf you've been a listener of the show and you've gotten a lot out of our programming, you can click here to Support Negotiate Anything.Kwame Christian with Michèle Flournoy Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/negotiate-anything.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


12 Apr 2021

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Michèle Flournoy: Isolationism & Smarter Engagement | SALT Talks #17

SALT Talks

Michèle Flournoy is the Co-Founder & Managing Partner of WestExec Advisors. She was also the United States Undersecretary of Defense for Policy from 2009-2012 under President Obama, where she served as a principal advisor to Secretaries of Defense Robert Gates and Leon Panetta. At the time of her confirmation, Michèle was the highest-ranking female official in the Pentagon.“We can’t afford to divorce ourselves from the world.” While isolationism has its merits, we should be using our presence to shape the direction of the world, instead of enacting large-scale regime change. We need a core set of principles as it relates to countries like Russia and China. Smart or smarter engagement is the way forward, not lack of engagement.What region worries Michèle the most? The Asia Pacific and Indo Pacific. This area will have the greatest impact on our economy, as our prominence as their primary security partner clashes with China’s position as the primary trading partner.—————————————————————————To learn more about this episode, including podcast transcripts and show notes, visit salt.org/talksModerated by Anthony Scaramucci. 


31 Mar 2021

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Technology, Innovation, and Modern War – Class 10 – The DOD and Modern War –– Michèle Flournoy

Steve Blank Podcast

We just held our tenth session of our new national security class Technology, Innovation and Modern War. Joe Felter, Raj Shah and I designed a class to examine the new military systems, operational concepts and doctrines that will emerge from 21st century technologies – Space, Cyber, AI & Machine Learning and Autonomy.Today’s topic was The DoD and Modern War. With Michèle Flournoy, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy joining us, we also assigned her recent article in Foreign Affairs, “How to Prevent a War in Asia”and CNAS report “Sharpening the US Military’s Edge: Critical Steps for the Next Generation”


16 Nov 2020

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Ep507 Will Michèle Flournoy Be the Angel of Death for the American Empire?

Revolution or Bust

Will Michèle Flournoy Be the Angel of Death for the American Empire? PayPal link: https://py.pl/1yctZj Howell Underground on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/c/HowellUnderground/videos #MichèleFlournoy #BidenAppointees America Just Replaced One Monster With Another https://youtu.be/spWH25VI42k Donald Trump was Never the Real Problem https://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/2020/11/04/donald-trump-was-never-the-real-problem-by-kenn-orphan/ How Biden’s Foreign-Policy Team Got Rich https://prospect.org/world/how-biden-foreign-policy-team-got-rich/ Michèle Flournoy could become the first woman to run the Pentagon. Here’s what would change. https://news.yahoo.com/mich-le-flournoy-could-become-183240661.html Will Michele Flournoy Be the Angel of Death for the American Empire? https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/09/24/will-michele-flournoy-be-the-angel-of-death-for-the-american-empire How to Make Protest Signs https://youtu.be/tphh4aTooPk Contact me directly: https://www.facebook.com/allen.kit.howell https://twitter.com/HwlUnderground --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/revolutionorbust/support


9 Nov 2020

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Michèle Flournoy: National Security Leadership & Decision Making

No Turning Back

In this episode, Stan McChrystal and Chris Fussell interview Michèle Flournoy. Michèle, a managing Partner of WestExec Advisors located in D.C., has held multiple senior positions inside the Pentagon – including serving as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy during the Obama administration. She is known as a thoughtful and hardworking public servant and accomplished team builder for mission critical teams. In this episode, Michèle talks about the impact of leadership in national security, advising Presidents and Secretaries of Defense, and what she’s learned in the private sector since she left government 8 years ago.


19 Oct 2020

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The future of US defence strategy in the Indo-Pacific: A conversation with Michèle Flournoy


America’s strategic position in the Indo-Pacific is under unprecedented strain. Facing an increasingly strong and assertive China and the erosion of its own military-technological edge, the United States can no longer be sure of its ability to maintain deterrence and unilaterally uphold a regional balance of power.Whoever wins the US presidential election will have to address this reality in the context of growing geopolitical and economic disruption wrought by COVID-19. This will require hard choices about the overall size and structure of the US military, its global operations and force posture, the nature of its engagement with allies and partners, and the way it should counter Chinese grey zone coercion and strengthen deterrence. How might a Biden administration address these challenges? Where will US defence priorities and trade-offs evolve? And what could this mean for the US-Australia alliance and America’s other allies and partners in the region?The USSC hosted a webinar featuring Michèle Flournoy, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of WestExec Advisors, former Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), and former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (February 2009 to February 2012) in the Obama Administration, who shared her views on these important issues.The webinar was moderated by Ashley Townshend, Director of Foreign Policy and Defence at the United States Studies Centre.Michèle Flournoy is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of WestExec Advisors, and former Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), where she currently serves on the board. Michèle served as the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from February 2009 to February 2012. She was the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense in the formulation of national security and defence policy, oversight of military plans and operations, and in National Security Council deliberations. She led the development of the Department of Defense’s 2012 Strategic Guidance and represented the Department in dozens of foreign engagements, in the media and before Congress. Prior to confirmation, Michèle co-led President Obama’s transition team at the Defense Department.


16 Oct 2020

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Defense Priorities in a New Administration, with Michèle Flournoy

Brussels Sprouts

Michèle Flournoy joins Andrea Kendall-Taylor and Jim Townsend to discuss how a Biden administration can work with NATO to confront transnational threats. Flournoy has been a leader in defense policy under several administrations, including as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from 2009 to 2012. She is the managing partner of WestExec Advisors and former co-founder of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS).


26 Jun 2020