Former CIA, NSA director Hayden to address Alabama World Affairs Council

Retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden will address the Alabama World Affairs Council on April 11 at TROY's Montgomery Campus.

Retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden will address the Alabama World Affairs Council on April 11 at TROY's Montgomery Campus.

Retired Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden, the only person to serve as head of the CIA and the National Security Agency, will address “Global Security” during a presentation to members of the Alabama World Affairs Council on April 11 at Troy University’s Montgomery Campus.

The event, which will take place in the Gold Room in Whitley Hall, will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by Hayden’s presentation. The presentation is free to members of the Alabama World Affairs Council and $20 to guests. To register for the event, visit or contact Dahdee Bullen at (334-567-0953). Because of catering and seating arrangements, it is imperative that those wishing to attend register by noon, Friday, April 7.

In addition to leading the CIA and NSA, Hayden served as the country’s first principal deputy director of national intelligence and the highest-ranking military intelligence officer in the country. He also served as commander of the Air Intelligence Agency and director of the Joint Command and Control Warfare Center and served in senior staff positions at the Pentagon, at U.S. European Command, at the National Security Council, and the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria. He was also the deputy chief of staff for the United Nations Command and U.S. Forces in South Korea.

Hayden has been a frequent expert and commentator on major news outlets and in top publications, valued for his expertise on intelligence matters like cyber security, government surveillance, geopolitics, and more. He was featured in the HBO documentary “Manhunt,” which looked at espionage through the eyes of the insiders who led the secret war against Osama bin Laden, and in Showtime’s “The Spymasters,” a detailed look at the directors of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Hayden is currently a principal at the Chertoff Group and a distinguished visiting professor at the George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government. He is on the board of directors of Motorola Solutions and serves on a variety of other boards and consultancies.

In 2013, the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) awarded Hayden the 29th annual William Oliver Baker Award. He is also the first recipient of the Helms Award presented by the CIA Officers’ Memorial Foundation. In 2014 he was the inaugural Humanitas visiting professor in intelligence studies at Oxford University in the United Kingdom.

Hayden’s recent memoir, “Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror,” has been a New York Times best-seller and was selected as one of the 100 most notable books of 2016.

The Alabama World Affairs Council sponsors lectures and programs on current and recent events of national and international interest throughout the year with the aim to increase individuals’ knowledge of world affairs and how they impact the United States. The Council also serves as a platform to showcase some of the world-class faculty at Maxwell Air Force Base’s Air University. The Council has partnered with Troy University, bringing all Council events to the University’s Montgomery Campus.