Gen Michael Hayden, USAF, Ret.

Gen Michael Hayden, USAF, Ret.

Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
Former Director of National Security Agency

Former General, United States Air Force

Pledge Statement

I used to focus on places like Bosnia, or Iraq, or North Korea. And I always thought America would be OK. But now, I’m worried about our democracy. I worry for my children and my grandchildren. Our democratic republic has had three major challenges: the Revolution; the Civil War; and now. We need The Election Pledge, because if we can’t conduct fair elections, America will be devastated. We won’t be America any more. I hope all Americans will sign it.

Pledge Supporting Documentation

General Hayden is a retired four-star general who served as director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency. He was the country’s first Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence and the highest-ranking military intelligence officer in the country. General Hayden also served as Commander of the Air Intelligence Agency and Director of the Joint Command and Control Warfare Center. He served in senior staff positions at the Pentagon, at U.S. European Command, at the National Security Council, and the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria. He was the Deputy Chief of Staff for the United Nations Command and U.S. Forces in South Korea. General Hayden is a contributor to such pop culture phenoms as Showtime’s Homeland, HBO’s Manhunt, and Showtime’s The Spymasters, and is the Founder of the Hayden Center for Intelligence, Policy and International Security at George Mason University.

His book, Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror, was a New York Times best-seller and was selected as one of the 100 most notable books of 2016. His most recent work, The Assault on Intelligence: American National Security in an Age of Lies, was also a New York Times best seller and addresses the impact of a post-truth world on the intelligence enterprise.