Michele Flournoy, co-founder and managing partner of WestExec Advisors, will speak during Potomac Officers Club’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Maneuver Virtual Event on Oct. 29.
In 2017, Flournoy co-founded WestExec Advisors, a strategic advisory firm. She is the former co-founder and chief executive officer of the Center for New American Security (CNAS), where she currently serves on the board.
In January 2007, Flournoy co-founded CNAS, a bipartisan think tank dedicated to developing strong, pragmatic and principled national security policies. She served as CNAS’ president until 2009, and returned as CEO in 2014.
She served as the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from 2009 to 2012. She was also 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.
Flournoy led the development of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) 2012 Strategic Guidance and represented the Department in dozens of foreign engagements, in the media and before Congress. Prior to confirmation, Flournoy co-led President Obama’s transition team at the Defense Department.
During the event, Flournoy will discuss how the DoD can deter or defeat peer threats in contested multi-domain environments through AI and machine learning algorithms.
The algorithms will support robotic autonomous systems, miniaturized sensors, computing power and storage and secure autonomous communication networks to create human-machine teams bringing greater precision, certainty, speed and mass to the battlefield.