Michael Hayden Biography, Age, Wife, NSA, Books, and Net Worth

Michael Hayden Biography

Michael Vincent Hayden best known as Michael Hayden is a retired US Air Force 4 star general and a former Director of NSA(National Security Agency). He was born on March 17th, 1945 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

He is the son of Sadie Murray and Harry V. Hayden Jr. who were of Irish descent. He has two siblings, a sister(Debby) and a brother(Harry).

He attended St. Peter’s Elementary School where he played as a quarterback in his 7th and 8th grade. He went to North Catholic High school for his high school studies. He was an equipment manager for the Steelers in his first job.

He then attended Duquesne University in Pittsburgh where he graduated in 1967 with a B.A in History and he was commissioned as a second lieutenant. He went back to Duquesne for his M.A in modern American History.

Michael Hayden
Michael Hayden

He was then commissioned to the Air Force by the Duquesne University Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps program. In 1969, he entered into active military service.

Michael Hayden Health

He suffered from a stroke while at home and he was admitted to hospital. The statement concerning his health well being was released by the Michael V. Hayden Center for Intelligence, policy, and International Security which is associated with George Mason University.

Michael Hayden NSA

Hayden filled in as the Director of the National Security Agency and Chief of the Central Security Service at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland from March 1999 to April 2005. As the Director of NSA and Chief of CSS, he was in charge of a battle bolster organization of the Department of Defense with military and regular citizen faculty positioned around the world.

Hayden went to the NSA during a period of extraordinary inconvenience in the office. Interior government investigation showed it experienced an absence of value for the executives and an obsolete IT foundation. Indeed not long after he went ahead board, an immense piece of the NSA organize framework smashed and was down for a few days.

Some portion of his arrangement to rejuvenate the office was to present increasingly outside contractual workers, initiate a lot of old supervisors to resign, and dispose of old administration structures. Some portion of his arrangement additionally included expanded receptiveness at the office; it had verifiably been one of the most hidden organs of government.

He strikingly permitted James Bamford access for his book Body of Secrets. Hayden was likewise at first incredibly worried about after the laws against residential reconnaissance.

Numerous reports state that after 9/11, he turned out to be progressively worried about halting fear-mongering, and purportedly mellowed his position against local reconnaissance. Hayden anyway has said that he thought everything the organization was doing was “successful, suitable, and legitimate”.

On 9/11, Hayden promptly emptied all superfluous faculty from the NSA home office. After 9/11, the office extraordinarily expanded its movement. Insights regarding its tasks have been generally covered up, however, it assumed a noteworthy job in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the War on Terror. One prominent model is its association with the unmanned flying vehicle ‘ramble’ program.

In May 2006, USA Today detailed that, under Hayden’s administration, the NSA made a residential phone call database. During his assignment hearings, Hayden safeguarded his activities to Senator Russ Feingold and others, expressing that he had depended upon legitimate counsel from the White House that building the database was upheld by Article Two of the United States Constitution official branch powers (in which the President must “take care that the laws be steadfastly executed”), abrogating authoritative branch resolutions restricting warrantless reconnaissance of local calls, which incorporated the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

Beforehand, this activity would have required a warrant from a FISA court. The expressed reason for the database was to listen stealthily on global correspondences between people inside the U.S. also, people and gatherings abroad so as to find psychological militants.

Hayden likewise supported the Trailblazer Project, a “change” venture with a huge data innovation part. The task was condemned by a few NSA staff members for excluding security assurances for United States residents and for being a misuse of cash.

The faultfinders included Diane S Roark, of the House Intelligence Committee, NSA laborers Thomas Andrews Drake, William Binney, J. Kirk Wiebe, and Loomis, and others. Hayden seriously reproached these faultfinders. A few quit in dissent. After examinations by the NSA reviewer general, the DOD investigator general, and Congress, Trailblazer was closed down.

Michael Hayden Promotions

  • General
  • Lieutenant General
  • Major General
  • Brigadier General
  • Colonel
  • Lieutenant Colonel
  • Major
  • Captain
  • First Lieutenant
  • Second Lieutenant

Michael Hayden Awards

  • Master Intelligence Badge
  • Presidential Service Badge
  • Defense Distinguished Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
  • Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
  • Legion of Merit
  • Bronze Star Medal
  • Bronze oak leaf cluster
  • Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
  • Air Force Commendation Medal
  • Air Force Achievement Medal
  • Joint Meritorious Unit Award with oak leaf cluster
  • Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with “V” Device and two oak leaf clusters
  • Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with oak leaf cluster
  • National Security Medal
  • Distinguished Intelligence Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal with two service stars
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Korea Defense Service Medal
  • Armed Forces Service Medal
  • Air Force Overseas Short Tour Service Ribbon with two oak leaf clusters
  • Air Force Overseas Long Tour Service Ribbon with three oak leaf clusters
  • Air Force Longevity Service Award with eight oak leaf clusters
  • Air Force Longevity Service Award (tenth award)
  • Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
  • Air Force Training Ribbon
  • Order of National Security Merit, Cheon-Su Medal (Republic of Korea)
  • Officer of the Order of Australia (July 1, 2010, “For service to bilateral and international security relations between Australia and the United States”)
  • Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, Commander’s Cross
  • Royal Norwegian Order of Merit, Commander with Star

Michael Hayden Book

He has written two books;

The Assault on Intelligence: American National Security in an Age of Lies

A blistering critique of the forces threatening the American intelligence community, beginning with the President of the United States himself, in a time when that community’s work has never been harder or more important.

In the face of a President who lobs accusations without facts, evidence, or logic, truth tellers are under attack. Meanwhile, the world order teeters on the brink. Experience and expertise, devotion to facts, humility in the face of complexity, and respect for ideas seem more important, and more endangered than they’ve ever been.

American Intelligence–the ultimate truth-teller–has a responsibility in a post-truth world beyond merely warning of external dangers, and in The Assault on Intelligence, General Michael Hayden, former CIA director, takes up that urgent work with profound passion, insight, and authority.

It is a sobering vision. The American intelligence community is more at risk than commonly understood. Our democracy’s core structures are under great stress. Many of the premises on which we have based our understanding of governance are now challenged, eroded, or simply gone.

And in the face of overwhelming evidence from the intelligence community that the Russians are, by all acceptable standards of cyber conflict, in a state of outright war against us, we have a President in office who chooses not to lead a strong response, but instead to shoot the messenger.

There are fundamental changes afoot in the world and in this country. The Assault on Intelligence shows us what they are, reveals how crippled we’ve become in our capacity to address them, and points toward a series of effective responses. Because when we lose our intelligence, literally and figuratively, democracy dies.

Title The Assault on Intelligence: American National Security in an Age of Lies
Author Michael V. Hayden
Edition reprint
Publisher Penguin Publishing Group, 2019
ISBN 0525558608, 9780525558606
Length of 304 pages

Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror

For General Michael Hayden, playing to the edge means playing so close to the line that you get chalk dust on your cleats. Otherwise, by playing back, you may protect yourself, but you will be less successful in protecting America.

“Play to the edge” was Hayden’s guiding principle when he ran the National Security Agency, and it remained so when he ran CIA. In his view, many shortsighted and uninformed people are quick to criticize, and this book will give them much to chew on but little easy comfort; it is an unapologetic insider’s look told from the perspective of the people who faced awesome responsibilities head-on, at the moment.

How did American intelligence respond to terrorism, a major war and the most sweeping technological revolution in the last 500 years? What was NSA before 9/11 and how did it change in its aftermath? Why did the NSA begin the controversial terrorist surveillance program that included the acquisition of domestic phone records? What else was set in motion during this period that formed the backdrop for the infamous Snow den revelations in 2013?

As Director of CIA in the last three years of the Bush administration, Hayden had to deal with the rendition, detention, and interrogation program as bequeathed to him by his predecessors. He also had to ramp up the agency to support its role in the targeted killing program that began to dramatically increase in July 2008.

This was a time of great crisis at CIA, and some agency veterans have credited Hayden with actually saving the agency. He himself won’t go that far, but he freely acknowledges that the CIA helped turn the American security establishment into the most effective killing machine in the history of armed conflict.

For 10 years, then, General Michael Hayden was a participant in some of the most telling events in the annals of American national security. General Hayden’s goals are in writing this book are simple and unwavering: No apologies.

No excuses. Just what happened. And why. As he writes, “There is a story here that deserves to be told, without varnish and without spin. My view is my view, and others will certainly have different perspectives, but this view deserves to be told to create as complete a history as possible of these turbulent times.

I bear no grudges, or at least not many, but I do want this to be a straightforward and readable history for that slice of the American population who depend on and appreciate intelligence, but who do not have the time to master its many obscure characteristics.”

Title Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror
Author Michael V. Hayden
Edition reprint
Publisher Penguin Books, 2017
ISBN 0143109987, 9780143109983
Length of 450 pages

Michael Hayden Age

He was born on March 17th, 1945 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Michael Hayden Wife

He is married to Jeanine Carrier.

Michael Hayden Height

He is approximately 6 ft 0 in (183.0 cm) tall.

Michael Hayden Net Worth

He has an estimated net worth of $8.76 million.

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