Hayden to Discuss a Decade of Intelligence Policy and Debates at Duquesne

Gen. Michael V. Hayden, a Duquesne University alumnus and the only person to lead both the Central Intelligence and National Security agencies, will bring an insider's view of national security issues to Pittsburgh.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Joby Warrick, a national security reporter with the Washington Post, will join Hayden in the discussion on Tuesday, March 29, at 4 p.m. Ken Gormley, Duquesne's president-elect and professor of law, will serve as moderator for the free, public event in the Power Center Ballroom.

Hayden has just published Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror, a book chronicling America's response to new forms of terrorism, a major war and sweeping technological advances in intelligence.

The book offers insights to the decade, starting in 1999, when Hayden essentially set the stage for our government's policies for cyber security and a new age of espionage. Major events included:

  • The largest leak of secrets in American history via Edward Snowden
  • Domestic surveillance debates
  • Changes in the American detention program
  • The possession of a nuclear reactor in Syria and the nuclear program in Iran
  • Failed national intelligence estimate on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.

Hayden, now a principal at the Chertoff Group, a security consultancy founded by former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at George Mason University School of Public Policy. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Duquesne's McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts before undertaking a career in the Air Force and intelligence.

A reception and book signing will follow the program. Attendees are asked to register at www.duq.edu/hayden.

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