General Michael V. Hayden

Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency; Principal, Chertoff Group

Terror, Intelligence, Politics and the Law: Where to From Here?

About the Speaker

General Michael Hayden is a retired four-star general who served as director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency when the course of world events was changing rapidly. As head of the country’s premier intelligence agencies, he was on the frontline of the war on terrorism and the growing cyber challenge. 

General Hayden was also the nation’s first principal deputy director of national intelligence and the highest-ranking military intelligence officer in the country. He 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.

Today, General Hayden is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at George Mason University and a principal with the advisory firm Chertoff Group. He is an expert commentator frequently appearing on major news outlets and in top publications, and he was featured in the HBO documentary Manhunt about the search for Osama bin Laden, and in Showtime’s The Spymasters, about the directors of the CIA.

General Hayden graduated from Duquesne University with a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in modern American history. His recent memoir, Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror, has been a New York Times best-seller.