Panetta focused on Afghan mission

WASHINGTON, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- The Pentagon said U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is committed to working with allies on a strategy to draw forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2014.
Flournoy: U.S. military isn't in decline

Flournoy: U.S. military isn't in decline

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- A U.S. military responding to a changing set of priorities shouldn't be mistaken as a military in decline, an outgoing senior defense official said.
Top Defense Dept. adviser resigns

Top Defense Dept. adviser resigns

WASHINGTON, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Michele Flournoy, one of the highest-ranking women in the history of the Pentagon, says she plans to resign to spend more time with her three children.

China, U.S. hold annual defense talks

BEIJING, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- China and the United States held their annual defense talks Wednesday as Beijing officials noted a growing U.S. presence in the Asia-Pacific region.
Mullen backs 'aggressive' Afghan drawdown

Mullen backs 'aggressive' Afghan drawdown

WASHINGTON, June 23 (UPI) -- U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen testified Thursday he supports President Obama's "aggressive" withdrawal plan in Afghanistan.
Mullen talks detente with Beijing

Mullen talks detente with Beijing

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Washington and Beijing may not always see eye-to-eye, but there is potential to bolster bilateral military engagement, the top U.S. military official said.
U.S. backs military aid to Lebanon

U.S. backs military aid to Lebanon

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. commitment to Beirut includes assistance to the Lebanese armed forces, the U.S. undersecretary of defense for policy said in Beirut.

Future, Afghanistan on NATO's agenda

WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- NATO's course in the next century and its Afghanistan mission will be key issues when alliance leaders meet in Portugal, the U.S. Defense Department said.
Gates indicates he'll retire next year

Gates indicates he'll retire next year

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates suggested in a magazine interview he would retire next year.

U.S.-India ties strong, secretary says

WASHINGTON, July 2 (UPI) -- The United States and India are natural partners because of common democratic and strategic interests, a top U.S. defense official said in Washington.
U.S. gives upbeat view on Afghan mission

U.S. gives upbeat view on Afghan mission

WASHINGTON, May 6 (UPI) -- U.S. and international counterinsurgency efforts in Afghanistan are finally headed in the right direction, U.S. Defense Department officials said.
Helmand benchmark for Afghan COIN

Helmand benchmark for Afghan COIN

WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Operation Moshtarak in the Afghan province of Helmand is defining the broader military offensive for the country, Pentagon officials said in Washington.

Pentagon eyes Iran, DPRK in missile shield

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- The Pentagon's ballistic missile defense review focuses on specific threats from North Korea and Iran, said the U.S. undersecretary of defense for policy.

U.S. sees long-term ties to Pakistan

WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Washington is committed to a strategic partnership with Pakistan that extends beyond plans for a regional U.S. military withdrawal in 2011, officials said.

China stresses Taiwan issues at talks

BEIJING, June 24 (UPI) -- China says obstacles such as U.S. weapons sales to Taiwan have hampered the development of comprehensive Sino-U.S. military relations.
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Michele Flournoy
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Michael Mullen and Defense Undersecretary for Policy Michele Flournoy testify before the House Armed Services Committee on President Obama's plan to draw down US forces in Afghanistan on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on June 23, 2011. UPI/Roger L. Wollenberg

Michèle Angelique Flournoy (born December 14, 1960) is Under Secretary of Defense for Policy of the United States. She was confirmed in the position by the U.S. Senate on February 9, 2009. She founded and was named President of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) in January 2007. Prior to co-founding CNAS, she was a Senior Adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where she worked on a broad range of defense policy and international security issues. Previously, she was a distinguished research professor at the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University (NDU), where she founded and led the university’s Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) working group, which was chartered by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to develop intellectual capital in preparation for the Department of Defense’s 2001 QDR.

Flournoy has been mentioned as a possible replacement for Secretary of Defense Robert Gates which would make her the first female Secretary of Defense.

Prior to joining NDU, Flournoy served as a senior-level political appointee in the Department of Defense during the Presidency of Bill Clinton, working at the Pentagon where she occupied the dual roles of Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Threat Reduction and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy. In those capacities, she oversaw three policy offices in the Office of the United States Secretary of Defense: Strategy; Requirements, Plans, and Counterproliferation; and Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasian Affairs. Flournoy was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service in 1996, the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service in 1998, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s Joint Distinguished Civilian Service Award in 2000. Following the November 2008 presidential election, she was selected as one of the Department of Defense Review Team Leads for the Obama transition. On 8 January 2009, President-elect Obama announced that he was nominating Flournoy as the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, serving under Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

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