Lieutenant General Michael Flynn

Lieutenant General Michael Flynn is a 33-year veteran of the U.S. Army who has led a long and distinguished intelligence career. One of the nation’s foremost cyber security, international affairs, and national security experts, he headed the Defense Intelligence Agency, which functions as the main foreign military espionage organization in the United States. There, Flynn was known for his relentless, no-nonsense approach to innovation and his drive and willingness to take risks. The top military intelligence officer in the Department of Defense, he successfully sought change and improvement in environments known for resisting both. With broad-ranging experience, Flynn is able to speak to intelligence, counterintelligence, national security, cyber operations, and team-building and leadership.

Flynn looks at the many threats our nation faces and shares what businesses need to know in order to safeguard their interests. He offers insights on our nation’s growing cyber threats and shifting international alliances, and looks at America’s position on the global stage. He discusses what organizations need to know in order to adjust to geopolitical threats and navigate new economic and security waters and what they can do to protect themselves. Flynn’s more than three decades’ worth of lessons learned from combat and intelligence operations offer organizations an unprecedented look at what keeps a top intelligence officer up at night—plus what he’s most optimistic about.

At the DIA, Flynn consistently pushed for greater information and intelligence sharing across agencies, strengthening the cooperation between the Army, the FBI, and the CIA. A leading figure in coalition and special operations intelligence operations, he was credited with creating innovative techniques for interrogation operations and operations-intelligence fusion, leading to major breakthroughs in counterterrorism operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere against Al-Qaeda. Flynn was also a key player in our efforts to dismantle insurgent networks in Iraq and Afghanistan, an approach that relied heavily on combining U.S. Special Operations forces with intelligence operatives and analysts.

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