Michael Thomas Flynn (born December 24, 1958) is a retired United States Army Lieutenant General who was briefly the National Security Advisor to President Donald Trump.
Flynn’s military career included a key role in shaping U.S. counterterrorism strategy and dismantling insurgent networks in Afghanistan and Iraq, and he was given numerous combat arms, conventional, and special operations senior intelligence assignments.
He served as the 18th Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, serving from July 2012 until his forced retirement from the military in August 2014.
After leaving the military, he established Flynn Intel Group, which provided intelligence services for businesses and governments, including ones in Turkey.
He became a senior advisor to Trump during his presidential campaign and served as the National Security Advisor from January 23 to February 13, 2017.