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Michael Hayden

Co-Chair, Electric Grid Cybersecurity Initiative; Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

Michael Hayden co-chairs BPC’s Electric Grid Cybersecurity Initiative. As former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Hayden was responsible for overseeing the collection of information concerning the plans, intentions, and capabilities of America’s adversaries; producing timely analysis for decision-makers; and conducting covert operations to thwart terrorists and other enemies of the United States.

At his current position with the Chertoff Group, Hayden uses his broad geographic and political knowledge to brief clients on intelligence matters worldwide—including developments in cybersecurity—that may affect their businesses.

Before becoming director of the CIA, Hayden served as the country’s first principal deputy director of national intelligence—and was the highest-ranking intelligence office in the armed forces. Earlier, he served as commander of the Air Intelligence Agency, director of the Joint Command and Control Warfare Center, director of the National Security Agency, and chief of the Central Security Service.

Hayden holds two degrees from Duquesne University. He was a distinguished graduate of the university’s ROTC program, and began his active military service in 1969. He also did postgraduate work at the Defense Intelligence School conducted by the Defense Intelligence Agency.