General Michael V. Hayden (USAF, Retired)

Danger, Complexity and Immediacy: Today's Security Challenges

MARCH 16, 2016

Lecture Summary: Former NSA & CIA Director Michael Hayden Talks Global Threats to National Security→

ABSTRACT: The 21st century has been defined by a litany of geopolitical crises confronting the United States and the rest of the world: attacks by state and non-state terrorist networks; large-scale involuntary migration; the spread of infectious diseases; revanchist nation states; cyberattacks that threaten national and economic security; and so forth. Increased globalization, the changing relationship of world powers, and rising instability around the world have left the U.S. more vulnerable to chaotic events that occur beyond its borders than ever before in its history. What are the fundamental shifts that are causing the geostrategic surface to shake so much? And what role will the U.S. choose for itself in dealing with them? Addressing these questions has never been more complicated, or more immediate. This talk will dissect political situations in hot spots around the world, analyzing the tumultuous global environment and what it all means for Americans and America's interests.

BIOGRAPHY: General Michael V. Hayden (USAF, Retired) is the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Before becoming director of the CIA, General Hayden served as the country's first principal deputy director of National Intelligence and was the highest-ranking intelligence officer in the armed forces. Earlier, he served as director of the National Security Agency. Currently, he serves as a principal at The Chertoff Group, a security and risk management advisory firm, and as a distinguished visiting professor at George Mason University. In 2014 he was the inaugural humanitas visiting professor in Intelligence Studies at Oxford University in the United Kingdom.