Michael Vincent Hayden is one of America’s great cyber domain leaders. He was born on St. Patrick’s Day, 17 March 1945, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As a child he always had a strong fascination with history and research, skills that would serve him well in his intelligence career. While at Duquesne University he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History in 1967, was a distinguished graduate of the Reserve Officer Training Corps program, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force. He later went on to graduate school for a Master of Arts Degree in Modern American History while working part time as a taxi driver to fund his degree. Hayden started his intelligence career as an analyst and briefer at Strategic Air Command, Offutt AFB, Nebraska, from 1970-1972. Following his initial assignment, he became the Chief of the Current Intelligence Division for the 8th Air Force at Andersen AFB, Guam from 1972-1975. Hayden then went to St. Michael’s College, Winooski, Vermont, where he was an academic instructor and commandant of cadets, and in 1978, completed the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell AFB, Alabama. He followed ACSC with a re-emergence into the intelligence field by attending the Defense Intelligence School at Bolling AFB, Washington, DC in 1979. Hayden was then assigned as the Chief of Intelligence for the 51st Tactical Fighter Wing, Osan Air Base, South Korea in 1980. Hayden attended the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia, as well as the Air War College at Maxwell AFB, Alabama, before venturing off into the diplomatic side of intelligence as the Air Attaché at the United States Embassy, Sofia, People’s Republic of Bulgaria from 1984-1986. In July 1986, Hayden reported as a Politico-Military Affairs Officer in the Strategy Division of the United States Air Force Headquarters in Washington, DC. Hayden next served as the Director for Defense Policy and Arms Control on the National Security Council, and in 1991, he was assigned as the Chief for the Secretary of the Air Force Staff Group located in Washington, D.C. His next assignment was Director of Intelligence for United States European Command, Stuttgart, Germany in 1993, and followed this tour as the Special Assistant to the Commander of the Air Intelligence Agency at Kelly AFB, Texas. Hayden became the Commander of the Air Intelligence Agency in January 1996, and followed as the Deputy Chief of Staff, United Nations Command and United States Forces Korea, Yongsan Garrison, South Korea. From 1999 until 2005, Hayden’s tenure as the Director of the National Security Agency was the longest in history. During this period, he was also charged with leading the agency with the cyber intelligence efforts directed at finding and bringing to justice the terrorists responsible for the bombings of 9/11. He then became the first Deputy Director of National Intelligence in 2005, was nominated by President George W. Bush as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency in 2006, and served in that capacity until 2009. General Hayden’s impact and contributions on intelligence and the cyber domain are unsurpassed. He and his wife Jeanine Carrier live in northern Virginia and have one daughter and two sons. Hayden is currently a principal at the Chertoff Group, a security consultancy co-founded by former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. Hayden also serves as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at George Mason University School of Public Policy and was elected to the Board of Directors of Motorola Solutions effective 4 Jan 2011.
Years Honored: 2011
Aircraft/Specialty: National Security Agency Director
General Michael Vincent Hayden led the Air Intelligence Agency, the Joint Command and Control Warfare Center, the National Security Agency, and the Central Intelligence Agency while in the US Air Force. His active duty career spans 39 years of distinguished and selfless service to the military and his country. In addition, he led the nation's efforts to locate and bring to justice the terrorists responsible for the 9/11 attacks.