May 16, 2012

CNAS Co-Founder Michèle Flournoy Joins Board of Directors

Center for a New American Security (CNAS) is pleased to announce that Michèle
Flournoy, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, has joined its Board of

Ms. Flournoy served as the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from February
2009 to February 2012, where she was the principal advisor 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 played a lead role in the development of the Department of Defense's new
Strategic Guidance and represented the Department in dozens of foreign
engagements, in the media and before Congress. Prior to confirmation, she
co-led President Obama's transition team at the Department of Defense.

In January 2007, Ms. Flournoy co-founded CNAS and served as its president until
2009. While at CNAS, Ms. Flournoy published extensively on American grand
strategy, U.S. military operations and policy in Iraq and national security
challenges for the next administration. Ms. Flournoy co-authored the highly
influential 2008 CNAS report Shaping
the Iraq Inheritance

"Michèle started CNAS, and so we're especially pleased to have her back as
a Director," said CNAS Chief Executive Officer Nathaniel Fick. "Her
knowledge of our mission and culture, coupled now with her recent experience in
the Defense Department, make her an invaluable addition to the team."

"CNAS is triply pleased to have Michèle Flournoy join our Board,"
said Richard Danzig, Chairman of the CNAS Board of Directors. "Michèle is
a deeply respected, immensely talented American leader on national security
issues. No less significantly, we value her as a colleague and friend. Her
qualities of character make her a welcome companion in our efforts to build a
strong and collegial institution. Finally, because Michèle was a co-founder of
CNAS, it is a pleasure to welcome her home."

Click here for
Michèle Flournoy's full biography.

here for a complete list of CNAS Board of Directors members.


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