Michele Angelique Bio

Michele Angelique Flournoy is a former government official and an American defense policy consultant. She worked under President Bill Clinton as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and under President Barack Obama as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. 

Flournoy was born in Los Angeles, California, on 14th December 1960. She will be 60 years old in December 2020. Her birth sign is Sagittarius. She is 5 feet 3 inches (1.6m) tall. Her dad, George Flournoy, was a filmmaker who worked on shows like I Love Lucy and The Odd Couple. He died of a heart attack when she was at the age of 14.

Full nameMichèle Angélique Flournoy
Date of birthDecember 14, 1960
Age59 years old
Birth signSagittarius
Birth placeLos Angeles, California
Height5 feet 3 inches (1.6m)
Residing town Bethesda, Maryland
EducationBeverly Hills High School/ Harvard College/ Oxford University
Marital StatusMarried (W. Scott Gould)
Social MediaInstagram/ Twitter
Net WorthAround $1.6 million
Michèle Flournoy Education

Flournoy attended Beverly Hills High School which is situated in Beverly Hills, California. For one year, she was an exchange student in Belgium, where she learned French. She studied at Harvard College and received a bachelor’s degree in the arts. She received an M.Litt. in international relations from Oxford University in 1983. There, she was a Newton-Tatum scholar at Balliol College. She was a research analyst at the Center for Defense Information from 1986. She worked at the Arms Control Association in 1989. She was at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government from 1989 until 1993, where she was a Research Fellow in her International Security Program. 

Michèle Flournoy Career 
Clinton Administration

In the United States Department of Defense, Flournoy worked in the Clinton administration. In the department, she was both Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Threat Reduction and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy. 

Research into public policy studies 

She then joined as a research professor at the Institute of National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University’s (NDU). She founded and led the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) working group of the NDU. She then moved to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where she worked on a variety of defense policy and international security issues as a senior consultant. 


In 2007, with Kurt M. Campbell, Flournoy co-founded the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). She was named the chairman of CNAS. In 2016, Flournoy co-authored a CNAS report titled approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Extending American Power, which called for raising the military budget, shipments of weapons to Ukraine, and training Ukrainian military personnel to thwart Russia. The report kept light on issuing military threats against Iran if nuclear weapons were to be pursued and escalating military intervention in Iraq and Syria.

Obama’s Administration

Flournoy was chosen as one of the review team leaders for the Obama transition to the Department of Defense after the 2008 presidential election. President-elect Obama announced on January 8, 2009, that he was nominating her to serve under Defense Secretary Robert Gates as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. While working in the Obama administration, Flournoy crafted the counter-insurgency policy of the administration in Afghanistan. She supported the rise of troops in Afghanistan and helped design the policy of the administration in that regard. From February 2009 to February 2012, Flournoy was a key adviser to U.S. Secretaries of Defense Robert Gates and Leon Panetta. 


Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Flournoy helped persuade President Obama to intervene militarily in Libya in 2011. 


Flournoy is a member of various organizations such as the Foreign Relations Council, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Aspen Strategy Group, and the International Security Women’s Executive Board. She is a former member of the Task Force on Transformation of the Defense Policy Board and the Defense Science Board. She was a member of the guiding coalition on the National Security Reform Project.

Awards and achievements 

In the year 1996, Flournoy was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service. She was awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service in 1998. 

Michèle has got numerous honors and awards which includes American Red Cross Exceptional Service Award 2016, the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service in 1998, 2011, and 2012, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s Joint Distinguished Civilian Service Award in 2000 and 2012, the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service in 1996. She won CARE’s Global Peace, Development and Security Award in year 2019.

Flournoy has edited several books and written dozens of reports and articles. She worked on a wide range of issues relating to defense and national security. Michèle frequently appears in national and international media, including the State of the Union of CNN, ABC’s this week, NBC’s Meet the Press, BBC News, Morning Edition of NPR and All Things Considered, and the News Hour of PBS, and is often quoted in top-level newspapers.

Michèle Flournoy Relationship

Michele is married to W. Scott Gould. Scott is a retired captain who worked in the Navy Reserve of the United States for 26 years. Before becoming the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs, he was a Vice President at IBM. They have three kids and they live in Bethesda, Maryland.

Michèle Flournoy Social media

Michele is active in Twitter with account, Michele Flournoy with 16.8k followers (joined in August 2014). 

Michele has account in Instagram with mfgoofy7 with 118 followers. 

Michèle Flournoy Net Worth 

Under President Bill Clinton, Flournoy was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence for Strategy. She has also worked under President Barack Obama as the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. No doubt she’s amassed quite a fortune from this. The estimated net worth of Michèle Flournoy is around 1.6 million dollars.

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