ChinaTalk: Michèle Flournoy on "Affecting the Strategic Calculus‪"‬

By Jordan Schneider
Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 8:38 AM

Michèle Flournoy joined AcquisitionTalk's Eric Lofgren and me for another crossover episode of China-AcquisitionTalk. Flournoy is a former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, co-founder and new board chair of CNAS (where I'm a fellow), and currently the founder and managing partner of WestExec Advisors. I dove deep into the archive, digging up copies of Flournoy's undergraduate and master's theses to discuss "psycho-social approaches to international relations" and 1980s nuclear policy. We also covered: China’s approach to systems destruction warfare; how to make a compelling case for technologists to join Pentagon Nuclear policy and affecting the strategic calculus; whether “legacy” weapons need divestment; and a “Manhattan Project” for AI/ML.

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