Intelligence leadership is a more complex endeavor than ever before, and with a new director of the Central Intelligence Agency possible in 2021, whoever fills the role will need to address vital questions about the role of intelligence in American national security and politics. What is the proper relationship between a CIA director and the president? What can a new director learn from the stories of legendary past directors like Dulles, Helms, and Tenet? How did our more recent directors like Hayden, Panetta, and Haspel navigate the growing polarization of our politics?
The Michael V. Hayden Center for Intelligence, Policy, and International Security welcomes you to a conversation with New York Times best-selling author Chris Whipple, who has taken a run at these questions and more as he examines CIA directors of the past fifty years in his new book The Spymasters: How the CIA Directors Shape History and the Future. The most comprehensive examination of CIA directors ever published, his book features candid interviews with many of the directors themselves, including our founder General (USAF-Retired) Michael V. Hayden.
Turning the tables on Chris, General Michael V. Hayden, former CIA director himself, will join Larry Pfeiffer, Hayden Center director, in exploring the book and the history of CIA leadership through to the present day. This will be the first time a former CIA director joins Chris in a public discussion of his book. Come prepared with your own questions—you will not want to miss it!
This Hayden presentation is being recorded for use on our website and social media.
The Hayden Center is located at George Mason University's Schar School of Policy and Government in Arlington, VA. Gen Hayden, our founder, has been a distinguished visiting professor at Schar School for 10 years.
Consider supporting the Hayden Center and Schar School with a donation. Please visit our secure donation site at https://bit.ly/35IQo4w, identify your donation