Principal, Chertoff Group; Retired United States Air Force General; former Director of the National Security Agency; former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency; and a former Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence

General Michael Hayden, 71, is a retired United States Air Force four-star general who entered active duty in the U.S. Air Force in 1969 and retired in July 2008. He served as director of the Central Intelligence Agency from May 2006 until his retirement from federal service in February 2009. From May 2005 to May 2006, Hayden served as principal deputy director of National Intelligence. He also was director of the National Security Agency from 1999 to 2005.

Hayden currently is principal at Chertoff Group, a security consultancy. He also serves on the board of Alion Science and Technology and serves as a distinguished visiting professor at George Mason University School of Public Policy.

Hayden received both a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in modern American history from Duquesne University. He is a graduate of the Air Force ROTC program.

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