Michael Flynn, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant general and former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, has been appointed national security adviser by President-elect Donald Trump, Politico reported Thursday.
“I am pleased that Lieutenant General Michael Flynn will be by my side as we work to defeat radical Islamic terrorism, navigate geopolitical challenges and keep Americans safe at home and abroad,” Trump said in a statement.
“Flynn is one of the country’s foremost experts on military and intelligence matters and he will be an invaluable asset to me and my administration,” Trump added, according to the report.
Bryan Bender writes Flynn retired from his post as DIA chief in 2014 after a 30-year military career.
Flynn became DIA director in 2012 after he served as assistant director of national intelligence for partner engagement.
He also served as director of intelligence for the Joint Special Operations Command, U.S. Central Command and the Joint Staff and commander of the 111th military intelligence brigade at the Army’s intelligence center in Arizona.