This year's speaker is General Michael Hayden. General Hayden is the former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Before becoming Director of CIA, General Hayden served as the country’s first Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence –and was the highest-ranking intelligence officer in the armed forces. Earlier, he served as Director of the National Security Agency. Currently, he serves as a principal at The Chertoff Group, a security and risk management advisory firm, and as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at George Mason University.
He is also founder of the Hayden Center for Intelligence, Policy, and International Security at George Mason. In 2014 he was the inaugural Humanitas Visiting Professor in Intelligence Studies at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. His recent book, Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror, was a New York Times best-seller and was recently selected as one of the 100 most notable books of 2016.