General Michael Hayden, US Air Force, ret
- Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
- Former Director of the National Security Agency
General Michael Hayden served as Director of the CIA and Deputy Director of National Intelligence at a time when the course of world events was changing at a rapidly accelerating rate.
After nearly forty years in the U.S. Air Force, General Hayden became director of the CIA in May of 2006, capping a career in service to the United States. Originally appointed by President Bill Clinton to the post of director of the National Security Agency (NSA), General Hayden became the longest-tenured NSA director, serving from 1999-2005. In that time, he worked to put a human face on the famously secretive agency. General Hayden directed an effort to explain to the American people the role of the NSA and also to make more visible on the national scene.
From April of 2005 to May of 2006, General Hayden was the number one military intelligence officer in the country, serving as Deputy Director of National Intelligence. In this capacity, he oversaw the entire intelligence community, including the CIA, NSA, 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 specialties and unique qualities that made them successful.
General Hayden entered active duty in the U.S.A.F. in 1969 after earning a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in modern American history, both from Duquesne University. In 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 U.S. European Command, at the National Security Council, and the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria. The general has also served as deputy chief of staff for the United Nations Command and U.S. Forces in South Korea.