Michael Vincent Hayden is a retired four-star general of the United States Air Force, Security analyst, and a scholar. More About his background, career, family, net worth, interests, and more are all shared below.
Michael Vincent Hayden Background
Michael Vincent Hayden is of Irish-American descent. He was born on March 17, 1945, to his parents, Sadie (nee Murray) and Harry V. Hayden Jr., in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has two siblings — a sister Debby and a brother Henry. His father was a welder who worked for a manufacturing company in Pennsylvania.
Michael Vincent Hayden Education Details
Michael attended his Elementary School in St. Peter’s Elementary School in Pittsburgh. After graduating, he proceeded to North Catholic High School.
Hayden earned a Bachelor of Arts in history in 1967 from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. He also earned his Master’s degree in modern American history from the same university.
He was commissioned into Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program in 1969 through Duquesne University.
Michael Vincent Hayden Career Details
One of Michael Hayden’s earliest jobs was working as an equipment manager for the Steelers after graduating from high school. His career with the United States Air Force began with his being commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1967.
While in the military service, Hayden rose through the ranks, and on April 22, 2005, he became a four-star general. His services in the armed force involved serving as director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency when the course of world events was changing at a rapid rate.
Before Michael Hayden became Director of the National Security Agency, he served as deputy chief of staff for United Nations Command and U.S. Forces in South Korea, the Joint Command and Control Warfare Center, he served in senior staff positions at the Pentagon, at U.S. European Command, also worked in intelligence in Guam. Between 1996 and 1997, Hayden served as Commander of the Air Intelligence Agency (AIA).
Between March 1999 to April 2005, Michael Hayden served as the Director of the National Security Agency and Chief of the Central Security Service at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. Hayden’s presence in the National Security Agency(NSA) brought effective management structure, transparency, and modern days IT infrastructure to the agency.
From May 2005 to May 2006 Hayden became the Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence following the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, which states that the CIS would no longer run the intelligence community.
Michael Hayden was confirmed the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency by full U.S. Senate vote on May 26, 2006.
On July 1, 2008, Michael Hayden retired from the United States Air Force and stepped down for the new Director of Central Intelligence on February 12, 2009.
In April 2009, Hayden joined the Chertoff Group, a security consulting firm founded by Michael Chertoff, former Department of Homeland Security secretary as the Principal. He also serves on a variety of boards and consultancies
General Michael Hayden had been a frequent commentator and expert on issues relating to intelligence matters like cybersecurity, government surveillance, geopolitics, and more. He has appeared on major news outlets like CNN, HBO, among others.
General Hayden is also a visiting professor at the George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government.
Report from Hayden’s family has it that he is currently surfing from a stroke.
Michael Vincent Hayden Publications
General Michael Vincent Hayden have books published in his name and they are:
- Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror. Published in 2016
- The Assault on Intelligence: American National Security in an Age of Lies. Published in 2018
- Through General Hayden’s service in the military, he received about 28 decorations and awards for his exceptional service.
- A part of a street going past Heinz Field in Hayden’s native Northside neighborhood, of Pittsburgh was named after him in 2008.
- Hayden was inducted into the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps On July 26, 2011.
Michael Vincent Hayden Family And Relationships
General Michael V. Hayden is married to Jeanine (nee Carrier) and together they have three children — Margaret, Michael, and Liam.
Michael Vincent Hayden Net Worth
It is clear that the general had a very successful career both in military service and thereafter. However, the estimate of his net worth is unavailable.