Ridgway Center 30th Anniversary: General Michael Hayden Lecture


Join the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public & International Affairs' Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies as it celebrates its 30th anniversary and hosts General Michael V. Hayden, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency. He will discuss the state of America's national security on the turbulent world stage. The event will be held from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 1 at The University Club, Ballroom B, 123 University Place, Pittsburgh, PA. 

General Hayden is one of the world’s leading experts on national security and intelligence. A retired four-star general, he led the country's premier intelligence agencies when the course of world events was evolving at a rapid rate. He was on the frontline of global change, the war on terrorism and the growing cyber challenge.

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

Hayden is a frequent expert and commentator in major news outlets and 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 CIA.

General 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. General Hayden is also the first recipient of the Helms Award presented by the CIA Officers’ Memorial Foundation.

Following his discussion, there will be a signing of his latest book, The Assault on Intelligence: American National Security in an Age of Lies (copies available for purchase).

Doors open at 9:00 am. Spots are limited. Reserve your ticket today by contacting Sandra Monteverde at sjp89@pitt.edu or calling 412-624-7884.