Mr. Flory is a national security professional with senior-level Washington and international experience meeting complex challenges in the U.S. Defense Department and intelligence community, NATO, Congress, and defense industry. He has extensive background in strategic deterrence, cyber and missile defense, counterintelligence and security, and regional strategies.
Mr. Flory has served as the NATO Assistant Secretary General for Defense Investment where he was the senior civilian official for capabilities and served as the chairman of NATO C3 and Cyber Defense Management Boards. Prior to this position, Mr. Flory served as the Assistant U.S. Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy. In this capacity, he served as the principal advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and the Secretary of Defense on issues that relate to nonproliferation and counterproliferation of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons; development of security cooperation strategies with nations of Europe, Eurasia, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization; oversight over the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program and arms control negotiations; and policy for nuclear and advanced non-nuclear deterrent forces, space-related capabilities, and ballistic missile defenses.
Mr. Flory has also served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs and assisted in the formulation and coordination of international security strategy and policy for East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and Persian Gulf, Africa, and Latin America. In particular, Mr. Flory played a leading role in the development and implementation of Administration strategies for India and Pakistan, and other nations of South Asia.
Prior to his Defense Department assignments, Mr. Flory was Chief Investigative Counsel and Special Counsel to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI). Mr. Flory led investigations into technology transfers to the People's Republic of China and security problems at the Department of Energy's nuclear laboratories and was responsible for oversight over intelligence matters, including counterintelligence, covert action, denial and deception, and intelligence analysis.
Mr. Flory practiced law with the firm of Hughes, Hubbard & Reed LLP and previously served as Associate Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism in the Department of State with the rank of Deputy Assistant Secretary.
After working as a journalist, he served as a national security advisor to Members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. An Honors Graduate of McGill University, Mr. Flory received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.
Mr. Flory also speaks German and French.