Lieutenant General (Ret.), US Marine Corps

Lieutenant General George Flynn retired in 2013 after an illustrious career in the US Marine Corps that spanned nearly four decades. During his career, he served in some of the highest leadership positions in the military and focused on operational leadership in critical path areas, including operational effectiveness, training, processes, and the development of human capital. His leadership resulted in a wide range of adaptive approaches designed to address specific challenges of twenty-first century national security operations.

Flynn’s recent military assignments include serving as director for education, training and force development for the Joint Chiefs of Staff; commanding general of the Marine Corps’ Combat Development Command; deputy commanding general of the Multi-National Corps in Iraq; commanding general of Marine Corps Training and Education Command; and chief of staff of the United States Special Operations Command.

Since retiring from the military, Flynn leverages his knowledge and expertise as a consultant for a variety of major corporations, think tanks, and universities, where he advises on organizational adaptation and leadership. As a member of IDS International’s Advisory Board, he contributes his extensive experience crafting and leading military operations that have shaped US responses to some of today’s most pressing national security challenges. While at IDS, he hopes to help the firm cement its reputation as the leading provider of relevant, responsive, and affordable training support and to continue to provide innovative solutions that meet future training needs and requirements.

Lieutenant General Flynn received a Bachelor’s degree from the US Naval Academy. He received Master’s degrees in international relations from Salve Regina University; in national security and strategic studies from the College of Naval Command and Staff; and in national security and strategy from the National War College. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and served as a fellow from 1997-1998.