The (INSA) on Friday bestowed the 29th Annual to General Michael V. Hayden, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the National Security Agency (NSA).
The Award recognized Gen. Hayden’s service as well as his commitment and dedication to the country’s intelligence agencies and military.
Gen. Jim Clapper, Director of U.S. National Intelligence and previous INSA Baker Award recipient, gave a heartfelt and lively introduction of Gen. Hayden.
Hayden served as the nation’s first Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence before carrying out his term as CIA Director from 2006 to 2009.
Approximately 700 individuals attended the black-tie dinner honoring Gen. Hayden at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Hayden currently serves as a Principal The Chertoff Group, a security consultancy, where his areas of focus include global political and terrorist risk analysis, technological intelligence and counterintelligence and the structure and strategy of the U.S. intelligence community. The Chertoff Group hosted a special reception beforehand to celebrate the occasion.
In keeping up with the times, INSA live tweeted the event with the hashtag #INSABaker for the evening affair.
The Security Affairs Support Association (SASA), today known as INSA, established the Baker Award in 1984 to promote excellence in intelligence and national security activities.
Previous award recipients include the Honorable Art Money, Senator John Warner, the Honorable Mike McConnell and former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, among other members of the government, industry and academic community.