Retired four-star General Michael Hayden served as director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the first principal deputy director of national intelligence at a time when the course of world events was changing at an accelerating rate. As the head of the country's keystone intelligence-gathering agency, he was on the frontline of geopolitical uncertainty and the war on terrorism. He understands the dangers, risks and potential rewards of the political, economic and security situations facing the planet. Exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau, Hayden dissects political situations in hot spots around the world, analyzing the tumultuous global environment and what it all means for the American people and America's interests. He is also able to speak on the challenges of managing complex organizations in times of stress, as well as describe the potential benefits and dangers associated with the cyber domain.
Hayden was the country's first principal deputy director of national intelligence, serving from 2005-2006. He oversaw the entire intelligence community, including the CIA, National Security Agency, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the National Reconnaissance Office. He directed all four agencies to make them work as a unit while maintaining the unique specialties and qualities that made them successful. In 2006, Hayden became the director of the CIA.
From 1999-2005, Hayden served as the director of the NSA and chief of the Central Security Service after being appointed by President Bill Clinton. He worked to put a human face on the famously secretive agency. Sensing that the world of information was changing rapidly, Hayden directed an effort to explain to the American people the role of the NSA and to make it more visible on the national scene.