Established in October 2017 by General (USAF-Retired) Michael V. Hayden, the only person to serve as both director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency, the Hayden Center examines these broader issues as well as more topical and timely concerns of the day, providing recommendations and solutions to decision makers that are based on expert observations gleaned from years of experience. The Hayden Center operates under the direction of Larry Pfeiffer, a former senior US intelligence officer who served as General Hayden’s chief of staff at CIA and later as senior director of the White House Situation Room.
The Hayden Center benefits from the guidance of two groups:
- Board of Advisors: a group of distinguished representatives from the intelligence, national security, legal, corporate, and international security communities guiding overall themes, strategies, and direction;
- Faculty Advisory Committee: a cadre of notable professors from Schar School advising how the Hayden Center can best meet the requirements of the academic community.