Michele Flournoy

  • Federal Drive interviews – Oct. 26

    How would the Pentagon change under Mitt Romney? And what would President Obama do to the Defense Department in a second term? Federal Drives talks to advisers to the two candidates about the different approaches to national security.

  • Campaign advisers lay out candidates’ competing defense strategies

    What are President Barack Obama’s plans for the Pentagon in a possible second term? And, what would a Mitt Romney administration hold in store? To answer those questions, Federal News Radio turned to Michele Flournoy, Obama’s former undersecretary of defense for policy, and Dov Zakheim, former Pentagon comptroller and now a Romney adviser.

  • After Navy role, Work to head CNAS think tank

    Undersecretary of the Navy Robert Work will become the CEO of the Center for a New American Security, a prestigious defense think tank with close ties to the Obama administration. Work will start at CNAS April 22.

  • Flournoy: Time for a ‘good scrub’ of DoD’s mission, tasks

    Michele Flournoy, the former undersecretary of defense for policy, says the time is ripe for the Department of Defense to look at its mission and how it motivates people to cut costs and reduce its overhead.

  • Hagel successor expected to fight more threats, increase DoD spending

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s decision to resign Monday has produced plenty of speculation about his successor. Military experts retired Maj. Gen. Arnold Punaro and Jim Thomas of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments said the new DoD secretary will likely lobby Congress for more money to deal with new threats.

  • Pentagon staff size takes more flack from experts

    Former Pentagon officials told lawmakers that the Defense Department’s oversized workforce is not only hurting the budget, but also policy decisions.

  • Congress uses power of purse to trim DoD civilian hiring

    The budget deal cuts $250 million in civilian headquarters and mandates a report from the inspector general.

  • Mac Thornberry wants DoD to start failing

    House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry singled out new acquisition reform goals and a possible Defense Department reorganization for the 2017 Defense authorization bill.

  • Organizational changes on DoD wishlist for NDAA

    The Defense Department is looking at changing the roles of the combatant commands and Joint Chiefs of Staff .

  • Trump reinvigorates capability vs. capacity debate

    President-elect Donald Trump’s promises to expand the military are bringing up classic debates that may end with a bigger force structure.