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Gen. Michael Hayden

Member of FDD's Leadership Council, Fmr. Director of the CIA, Fmr. Director of the NSA

Biography:

General Michael Hayden is the Former Director of the CIA, and is a member of FDD's Leadership Council.

Gen. Hayden is a retired four-star general who served as director of the Central Intelligence Agency (2006 – 2009) and the National Security Agency (1999 – 2005) when the course of world events was changing at a rapid rate. As head of the country’s premier intelligence agencies, he was on the frontline of global change, the war on terrorism and the growing cyber challenge.

General Michael Hayden is a retired four-star general who served as director of the Central Intelligence Agency (2006 – 2009) and the National Security Agency (1999 – 2005) when the course of world events was changing at a rapid rate. As head of the country’s premier intelligence agencies, he was on the frontline of global change, the war on terrorism and the growing cyber challenge.

In addition to leading CIA and NSA, General Hayden was the country’s first principal deputy director of national intelligence (2005 – 2006) and the highest-ranking military intelligence officer in the country.  Hayden also served as commander of the Air Intelligence Agency and Director of the Joint Command and Control Warfare Center and served in senior staff positions at the Pentagon, at U.S. European Command, at the National Security Council, and the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria. He was also the deputy chief of staff for the United Nations Command and U.S. Forces in South Korea.

Hayden has been a frequent expert and commentator on major news outlets and in top publications, valued for his expertise on intelligence matters like cyber security, government surveillance, geopolitics, and more. He was featured in the HBO documentary Manhunt, which looked at espionage through the eyes of the insiders who led the secret war against Osama bin Laden, and in Showtime’s The Spymasters, a detailed look at the directors of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Hayden is currently a principal at the Chertoff Group and a distinguished visiting professor at the George Mason University School of Policy, Government and International Affairs. His recent memoir, Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror, has been a New York Times best-seller.

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18th November 2016 – CNN

The Situation Room

Michael Hayden

Member of FDD's Leadership Council Gen. Michael Hayden comments on Pompeo at FDD's event, "Cyber Warfare in the Next Administration." more...

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18th November 2016 – CNN

The Situation Room

Michael Hayden

Member of FDD's Leadership Council Gen. Michael Hayden comments on Pompeo at FDD's event, "Cyber Warfare in the Next Administration." more...