General Michael Hayden

  • U.S. Air Force, ret.

General Michael Hayden is a retired four-star general and the former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.  Before becoming Director of CIA, General Hayden served as the country’s first Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence –and was the highest-ranking intelligence officer in the armed forces. Earlier, he served as Director of the National Security Agency (NSA). General Hayden has been a frequent expert and commentator on major news outlets on intelligence matters like cyber security, government surveillance and geopolitics. 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. Currently, he serves as a principal at The Chertoff Group, a security and risk management advisory firm, and as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at George Mason University. He is also founder of the Hayden Center for Intelligence, Policy and International Security at George Mason.  In 2014 he was the inaugural Humanitas Visiting Professor in Intelligence Studies at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. His recent book, Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror, was a New York Times best-seller and was recently selected as one of the 100 most notable books of 2016.