Gen. Michael V. Hayden
Former Director, Central Intelligence Agency
Former Director, National Security Agency
Principal, The Chertoff Group
General Michael Hayden served the US government mostly recently as Director of the CIA and Deputy Director of National Intelligence. General Hayden became Director of the CIA in May of 2006. On July 1, 2008, Hayden retired from the Air Force after 41 years of military service and he continued to serve as Director of the CIA until February 2009. He is currently a principal at the Chertoff Group, a security consultancy. From April of 2005 to May of 2006, General Hayden was the country’s senior military intelligence officer, serving as Deputy Director of National Intelligence overseeing operations in the entire intelligence community, including CIA, the National Security Agency (NSA), the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and the National Reconnaissance Office. Previously, he served as the longest-tenured Director of NSA. From 1999-2005, he worked to put a human face on the famously secretive agency, sensing that the world of information was changing rapidly and that the Agency would also have to change to keep up with this new atmosphere.
During his military career General Hayden served as Commander of the Air Intelligence Agency and Director of the Joint Command and Control Warfare Center. He has also served in senior staff positions at the Pentagon, at the headquarters of the US European Command, at the National Security Council, and the US Embassy in Bulgaria. The General was also served as deputy chief of staff for the United Nations Command and US Forces in South Korea. General Hayden earned a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in modern American history from Duquesne University.