Amidst dramatic nuclear talks with Iran, ongoing turmoil in Europe and the Middle East and recent cyber attacks on major U.S. companies, the Bay Area Council was pleased to host former U.S. Under Secretary of Defense Michèle Flournoy for a discussion on pressing national security issues. In her role as the third-ranking official in the U.S. Department of Defense (2009-2012), Flournoy served as principal adviser to Defense Secretaries Robert Gates and Leon Panetta. She currently leads the Center for a New American Security, a non-partisan think tank she founded to develop strong, pragmatic and principled national security policies. Bay Area Council board member and Edelman Global Sector Chair of Technology Maria Amundson moderated the discussion during which Flournoy gave her insights on the proposed Iran nuclear framework, China’s relationship with the U.S. and cyber security, among other topics.

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