Gen. Michael Hayden

Gen. Michael Hayden

Director of Central Intelligence Agency

"Hayden became the 18th director of the CIA in May 2006. In his role, he manages human intelligence operations and open source collection programs on behalf of the director of National Intelligence. Hayden previously was first principal deputy director of National Intelligence, appointed in April 2005. At that same time, he also earned his fourth star, making him the highest-ranking intelligence officer in the armed forces.

Hayden has held several leadership positions in the intelligence community, including serving as director of the National Security Agency and chief of the Central Security Service at Fort Meade, Md., from March 1999 to April 2005. He also was commander of the Air Intelligence Agency and director of the Joint Command and Control Warfare Center, both at Kelly Air Force Base in Texas, from January 1996 to September 1997. From May 1993 to October 1995, he served as director, Intelligence Directorate, U.S. European Command, Stuttgart, Germany.

In addition, Hayden has had senior staff positions at the Pentagon, National Security Council and the U.S Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria. He also has served as deputy chief of staff for the United Nations Command and U.S. Forces Korea.

Hayden entered active duty in 1969 as a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Reserve Officer Training Program. He earned a bachelor's in history and a master's in modern American history from Duquesne University."

Gen. Michael Hayden
Landon Lecture
April 30, 2008