December 02, 2021

Michèle Flournoy and Richard Fontaine Named to Defense Policy Board

By Richard Fontaine, and Michèle Flournoy

The Department of Defense named Michèle Flournoy, Chair of the CNAS Board of Directors, and Richard Fontaine, CNAS CEO, to the Defense Policy Board, chaired by Madeleine K. Albright. Through the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, the policy board provides the Secretary of Defense and Deputy Secretary of Defense with independent, informed advice and opinions concerning matters of defense policy in response to specific tasks from the Secretary of Defense, the Deputy Secretary, and the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.

Read the full list of policy board members from the Department of Defense.


  • Richard Fontaine

    Chief Executive Officer

    Richard Fontaine is the Chief Executive Officer of CNAS. He served as President of CNAS from 2012–19 and as Senior Fellow from 2009–12. Prior to CNAS, he was foreign policy ad...

  • Michèle Flournoy

    Chair, CNAS Board of Directors, Co-founder and Managing Partner, WestExec Advisors

    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), w...