Gen. Michael V. Hayden, a retired four-star U.S. Air Force general and former director of both the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency, will write a new bimonthly column for The Washington Times called “Inside Intelligence,” debuting April 30.
A recipient of the Bronze Star, Gen. Hayden served 39 years in the Air Force. He oversaw intelligence in the U.S. European Command and became the highest-ranking intelligence officer in the armed forces.
As director of both the NSA from 1999 to 2005 and the CIA from 2006 to 2009, Gen. Hayden was responsible for the collection and analysis of information concerning the plans and capabilities of America’s adversaries. In 2005 and 2006, he was also the principal deputy director of national intelligence. He is currently a principal at the Chertoff Group, a board member of Motorola Solutions and a distinguished visiting professor at Northern Virginia’s George Mason University.
“Gen. Hayden is known as a broad-minded and independent thinker on military and intelligence matters. His columns will be must-reads inside and outside the Beltway,” said John Solomon, Washington Times editor and vice president for content and business development. “We’re thrilled to have him as part of our growing team of columnists. His topics go to the heart of our mission as a newspaper.”
“The Times is a terrific place for the column,” Gen. Hayden said, “I’m excited to come aboard at the Times and share insights with readers who care deeply about national security issues.”
During his military career, Gen. Hayden served in Germany, Bulgaria, South Korea and Guam, among other locations. He is considered one of the nation’s top experts in intelligence gathering and national security.