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Michael Flynn    

Former Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and National Security and Cyber Security Expert

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 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.

Flynn looks at the many threats our nation faces and shares what businesses need to know in order to safeguard their interests. He also offers insights on our nation’s growing cyber threats and discusses what organizations need to know about navigating treacherous cyber 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.

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.

Speech Topics


Cyber Security

One of the nation’s foremost cyber security experts, Flynn began his military career as an electronic warfare officer and rose to head the agency that functions as the main foreign military espionage organization in the United States. In presentations, he offers insights on our nation’s growing cyber threats, discusses both the strategic and technical aspects of cyber security, outlines challenges of both capacity and capability in fighting the cyber war, and discusses what organizations need to know about navigating treacherous cyber waters. He also shares how businesses should be proactive in protecting themselves and what to do when they see a breach.

A World without Order

In high-impact presentations, Flynn offers audiences a debrief on the many threats facing our nation (Russia, China, North Korea, Syria, Iran, Latin America, cyber, and more) during this time of unprecedented geopolitical chaos. He shares nuanced insights into the many facets of each challenge and looks at what businesses need to know in order to succeed in the current operating environment. From how global trends in population, technology, economics, and resources have the power to affect our position on the world stage to what this period of profound transition means in terms of business opportunities, Flynn looks at the future of security in the United States. He also discusses the changing role of the intelligence community as issues of privacy and surveillance gain traction in the media and with the American public. 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 as he offers suggestions for how to move forward.

Teamwork and Leadership

At the DIA, Flynn led a global agency of more than 20,000 employees and was responsible for intelligence gathering “from space to the foxhole.” He consistently pushed for greater information and intelligence sharing across agencies, leading to major breakthroughs in counterterrorism operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere against Al-Qaeda. In presentations, he shares how to build teamwork across disparate groups by creating “teams of teams” that are empowered in their decision-making as far down in the organization as possible. This creates an environment that can react to the rapid speed of information in today’s workplaces and necessitates a leadership style that maintains a “fingertip feel” of the organization and clearly communicates its big strategic goals. Flynn offers practical advice and tangible takeaways for leaders looking to drive peak performance and teamwork at their organizations.

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Flynn resigns amid controversy over Russia contacts

Embattled White House national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned Monday night, an abrupt end to a brief tenure...

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