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Retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn was named as White House National Security Adviser by president elect Donald Trump. Flynn’s military career spanned three decades. Flynn accepted Trump’s offer in a statement, saying he was “deeply humbled and honored to accept the position.” Here are 12 facts about Mr. Flynn and the national security adviser position.

  1. Michael Flynn is a registered Democrat. Despite this, he was a keynote speaker during the first night of the 2016 Republican National Convention.

  2. He headed the Defense Intelligence Agency, but was forced out in 2014.

  3. Flynn is a published author, with articles appearing in Small Wars Journal, Military Review, Joint Forces Quarterly and other military and intelligence publications. He also co-authored a book, The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies.

  4. He was considered as a running mate for President Donald Trump.

  5. Since retiring, Flynn and his son run Flynn Intel Group which provides intelligence services for business and governments.

  6. Flynn has served as a board member of ACT! for America.

  7. Mr. Flynn has been presented numerous military and government decorations/awards. They include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the National Security Agency Distinguished Service Medal.

  8. The official title for Mr. Flynn’s new position is Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs but is informally referred to as the NSC adviser.

  9. The primary function of this position is to serve as the chief in-house adviser to the President on national security issues.

  10. The role also entails participating in meetings of the National Security Council and chairing Principal Committee meetings with the Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense.

  11. The position is appointed by the president without Senate confirmation.

  12. The National Security Council was created at the start of the Cold War under the National Security Act of 1947 to coordinate defense, foreign affairs, international economic policy, and intelligence.

    Danielle B
    Danielle is a conservative political consultant who aides organizations in communicating their big ideas and empowering leaders. She works with a multitude of organizations, most notably including the American Conservation Coalition, OUTSET Network, and Future Female Leaders. Danielle can't explain why she doesn't need feminism, she's too busy succeeding without it. She likes coffee, capitalism, and proving people wrong.

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