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Michael Leiter

Former Director of National Counterterrorism Center; Counterterrorism, Cybersecurity & National Security Analyst for NBC News

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Michael Leiter Biography

Michael E. Leiter served as the director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) until July 2011. He was sworn in as NCTCs second-ever director on June 12, 2008, upon his confirmation by the U.S. Senate and after serving as the acting director since November 2007. He was initially nominated to serve as director by President George W. Bush in March 2008, and was one of the few national security officials asked to continue as director by President Barack Obama in December 2009.

As the director of NCTC, Leiter led the primary organization in the U.S. government for analysis and integration of all terrorism intelligence--both domestically and overseas. In addition, Leiter reported directly to the President in conducting strategic operational planning for U.S. Government-wide counterterrorism activities, to include the integration of U.S. military, intelligence, diplomatic, financial, and homeland security counterterrorism efforts. As NCTC's Director, Leiter led more than 1,000 personnel and managed an annual budget of more than $400 million; in addition, he advised the Office of Management and Budget on the allocation of more than $100 billion annually for government-wide counterterrorism activities.

From February 2007 to November 2007, Leiter served as NCTCs Principal Deputy Director. Before joining NCTC, Leiter served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). In this role Leiter assisted in the establishment of the ODNI and coordinated all internal and external operations for the ODNI, to include relationships with the White House, the Departments of Defense, State, Justice, Homeland Security, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Congress. He was also involved in the development of national intelligence centers, including NCTC and the National Counterproliferation Center, and their integration into the larger Intelligence Community.

Prior to his service with the ODNI, Leiter served as the deputy general counsel and assistant director of the Presidents Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction (the Robb-Silberman Commission). While with the Robb-Silberman Commission, Leiter focused on reforms of the U.S. Intelligence Community, in particular the development of the National Security Branch of the FBI and the National Security Division of the Department of Justice. From 2002 until 2005, he served with the Department of Justice as an assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, where he prosecuted a variety of crimes, including narcotics offenses, organized crime and racketeering, capital murder and money laundering.

Immediately prior to his Justice Department service, Leiter served as a law clerk to Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer of the Supreme Court of the United States and to Chief Judge Michael Boudin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. From 1991 until 1997, he served as a Naval Flight Officer flying EA-6B Prowlers in the U.S. Navy, participating in U.S., NATO and UN operations in the former Yugoslavia and Iraq. Leiter also served as a Harvard Law School human rights fellow with the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague.

Leiter received his J.D. from Harvard where he graduated magna cum laude and was president of The Harvard Law Review, and his B.A. from Columbia. He is the recipient of numerous awards, to include the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the Secretary of Defense Outstanding Public Service Medal, the CIA Seal and the Air Medal (Strike Flight, Three Awards).

Speaking Topics
  • The Changing Face of Global Terrorism and Our Response

    Having served as the nations chief counterterrorism analyst, strategist, and coordinator for two Presidents, Leiter describes all aspects of the terrorist threat the U.S. and global businesses face worldwide. Ranging from personal reflections on being in the Situation Room during the mission that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden to advising Presidents Obama and Bush on how to confront al-Qaidas ideology, Leiter offers deep insight into how the global threat of terror has evolved, where it poses the greatest threats, and what strategiesboth government and private sectorare best suited for reducing vulnerabilities. Leiter provides carefully tailored discussions related to terrorists use of attacks like those seen in Mumbai, India in 2008, the risks of terrorists use of weapons of mass destruction, how to combat homegrown terrorism, and cyber terror and ways to defend against it. In addition, Leiter uses his years of advising the Office of Management and Budget and the Congress on U.S. Government-wide counterterrorism programs to describe areas of opportunity for private industry to contribute to making U.S. and international counterterrorism efforts more effective.

  • Are We Keeping Up in a Rapidly Changing World?

    Reflecting on more than two decades in public service and having been deeply involved in the U.S. Governments national security and intelligence transformation of the past decade, Leiter discusses the ways in which the U.S. Government and the U.S. private sector isand is notkeeping up with enormous global changes. In particular, Leiter talks about how the rapidly changing dynamics across the Middle East and North Africa, the increasingly dangerous aspects of cyberspace, and the worrisome availability of weapons of mass destruction are often outpacing our ability to address critical national security needs. In addition, Leiter describes how the private sector can help partner with the U.S. Government and foreign nations to address many of these challenges, as well as the ways in which many of our traditional policy, legal, and process solutions are falling short.

  • Leading in a Crisis: Before, During, and After

    For more than four years Leiter served at the heart of terrorism crisis management in the U.S. Government as the Director of the National Counterterrorism Centerthe post-9/11 organization created to serve as the hub of intelligence and policy planning for the U.S. counterterrorism community. Over the course of two administrations, Leiter helped lead the U.S. Governments efforts to respond to repeated crises and high-stakes events, such as al-Qaidas failed attempt to bring a U.S. airliner down over Detroit on Christmas Day 2009, a failed car bomb attack in Times Square, the tragic shooting at Ft. Hood, and the successful mission that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden. Through examples from these and other events, Leiter shows how principled, thoughtful, visionary, and energetic leadership can carry an organization through crises andmore importantlycan lead to improvements in mission effectiveness that might otherwise be impossible. Leiters lessons of motivating and focusing a workforce, working with critical partners and customers, and effecting change apply to a wide range of businesses and organizations well-beyond those involved in combating terrorism or involved in the national security enterprise.

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    Speaking fees for Michael Leiter, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Michael Leiter are $20,000 - $30,000 for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Michael Leiter, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Michael Leiter speak about?

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    Michael Leiter generally travels from Washington, DC, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Michael Leiter’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Michael Leiter for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Michael Leiter for your next private or corporate function.
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    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Michael Leiter or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
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Former Director of National Counterterrorism Center; Counterterrorism, Cybersecurity & National Security Analyst for NBC News

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Michael Leiter Biography

Michael E. Leiter served as the director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) until July 2011. He was sworn in as NCTCs second-ever director on June 12, 2008, upon his confirmation by the U.S. Senate and after serving as the acting director since November 2007. He was initially nominated to serve as director by President George W. Bush in March 2008, and was one of the few national security officials asked to continue as director by President Barack Obama in December 2009.

As the director of NCTC, Leiter led the primary organization in the U.S. government for analysis and integration of all terrorism intelligence--both domestically and overseas. In addition, Leiter reported directly to the President in conducting strategic operational planning for U.S. Government-wide counterterrorism activities, to include the integration of U.S. military, intelligence, diplomatic, financial, and homeland security counterterrorism efforts. As NCTC's Director, Leiter led more than 1,000 personnel and managed an annual budget of more than $400 million; in addition, he advised the Office of Management and Budget on the allocation of more than $100 billion annually for government-wide counterterrorism activities.

From February 2007 to November 2007, Leiter served as NCTCs Principal Deputy Director. Before joining NCTC, Leiter served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). In this role Leiter assisted in the establishment of the ODNI and coordinated all internal and external operations for the ODNI, to include relationships with the White House, the Departments of Defense, State, Justice, Homeland Security, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Congress. He was also involved in the development of national intelligence centers, including NCTC and the National Counterproliferation Center, and their integration into the larger Intelligence Community.

Prior to his service with the ODNI, Leiter served as the deputy general counsel and assistant director of the Presidents Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction (the Robb-Silberman Commission). While with the Robb-Silberman Commission, Leiter focused on reforms of the U.S. Intelligence Community, in particular the development of the National Security Branch of the FBI and the National Security Division of the Department of Justice. From 2002 until 2005, he served with the Department of Justice as an assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, where he prosecuted a variety of crimes, including narcotics offenses, organized crime and racketeering, capital murder and money laundering.

Immediately prior to his Justice Department service, Leiter served as a law clerk to Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer of the Supreme Court of the United States and to Chief Judge Michael Boudin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. From 1991 until 1997, he served as a Naval Flight Officer flying EA-6B Prowlers in the U.S. Navy, participating in U.S., NATO and UN operations in the former Yugoslavia and Iraq. Leiter also served as a Harvard Law School human rights fellow with the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague.

Leiter received his J.D. from Harvard where he graduated magna cum laude and was president of The Harvard Law Review, and his B.A. from Columbia. He is the recipient of numerous awards, to include the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the Secretary of Defense Outstanding Public Service Medal, the CIA Seal and the Air Medal (Strike Flight, Three Awards).

Michael Leiter Speaking Topics

  • The Changing Face of Global Terrorism and Our Response

    Having served as the nations chief counterterrorism analyst, strategist, and coordinator for two Presidents, Leiter describes all aspects of the terrorist threat the U.S. and global businesses face worldwide. Ranging from personal reflections on being in the Situation Room during the mission that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden to advising Presidents Obama and Bush on how to confront al-Qaidas ideology, Leiter offers deep insight into how the global threat of terror has evolved, where it poses the greatest threats, and what strategiesboth government and private sectorare best suited for reducing vulnerabilities. Leiter provides carefully tailored discussions related to terrorists use of attacks like those seen in Mumbai, India in 2008, the risks of terrorists use of weapons of mass destruction, how to combat homegrown terrorism, and cyber terror and ways to defend against it. In addition, Leiter uses his years of advising the Office of Management and Budget and the Congress on U.S. Government-wide counterterrorism programs to describe areas of opportunity for private industry to contribute to making U.S. and international counterterrorism efforts more effective.

  • Are We Keeping Up in a Rapidly Changing World?

    Reflecting on more than two decades in public service and having been deeply involved in the U.S. Governments national security and intelligence transformation of the past decade, Leiter discusses the ways in which the U.S. Government and the U.S. private sector isand is notkeeping up with enormous global changes. In particular, Leiter talks about how the rapidly changing dynamics across the Middle East and North Africa, the increasingly dangerous aspects of cyberspace, and the worrisome availability of weapons of mass destruction are often outpacing our ability to address critical national security needs. In addition, Leiter describes how the private sector can help partner with the U.S. Government and foreign nations to address many of these challenges, as well as the ways in which many of our traditional policy, legal, and process solutions are falling short.

  • Leading in a Crisis: Before, During, and After

    For more than four years Leiter served at the heart of terrorism crisis management in the U.S. Government as the Director of the National Counterterrorism Centerthe post-9/11 organization created to serve as the hub of intelligence and policy planning for the U.S. counterterrorism community. Over the course of two administrations, Leiter helped lead the U.S. Governments efforts to respond to repeated crises and high-stakes events, such as al-Qaidas failed attempt to bring a U.S. airliner down over Detroit on Christmas Day 2009, a failed car bomb attack in Times Square, the tragic shooting at Ft. Hood, and the successful mission that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden. Through examples from these and other events, Leiter shows how principled, thoughtful, visionary, and energetic leadership can carry an organization through crises andmore importantlycan lead to improvements in mission effectiveness that might otherwise be impossible. Leiters lessons of motivating and focusing a workforce, working with critical partners and customers, and effecting change apply to a wide range of businesses and organizations well-beyond those involved in combating terrorism or involved in the national security enterprise.

Michael Leiter Videos

  • Cooperation and Conflict in the Relationship between Government

FAQs on booking Michael Leiter

  • How do I book Michael Leiter to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Michael Leiter for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Michael Leiter, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Michael Leiter or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Michael Leiter

    Speaking fees for Michael Leiter, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Michael Leiter are $20,000 - $30,000 for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Michael Leiter, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Michael Leiter speak about?

  • Where does Michael Leiter travel from?

    Michael Leiter generally travels from Washington, DC, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Michael Leiter’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Michael Leiter for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Michael Leiter for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Michael Leiter or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Michael Leiter is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as The Changing Face of Global Terrorism and Our Response, Are We Keeping Up in a Rapidly Changing World? and Leading in a Crisis: Before, During, and After. The estimated speaking fee range to book Michael Leiter for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Michael Leiter generally travels from Washington, DC, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Cameron Munter, C.J. Huff, Rob Waldo Waldman, Paul Wolfowitz and Charles Denham, MD. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Michael Leiter for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Michael Leiter Speaking Topics

  • The Changing Face of Global Terrorism and Our Response

    Having served as the nations chief counterterrorism analyst, strategist, and coordinator for two Presidents, Leiter describes all aspects of the terrorist threat the U.S. and global businesses face worldwide. Ranging from personal reflections on being in the Situation Room during the mission that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden to advising Presidents Obama and Bush on how to confront al-Qaidas ideology, Leiter offers deep insight into how the global threat of terror has evolved, where it poses the greatest threats, and what strategiesboth government and private sectorare best suited for reducing vulnerabilities. Leiter provides carefully tailored discussions related to terrorists use of attacks like those seen in Mumbai, India in 2008, the risks of terrorists use of weapons of mass destruction, how to combat homegrown terrorism, and cyber terror and ways to defend against it. In addition, Leiter uses his years of advising the Office of Management and Budget and the Congress on U.S. Government-wide counterterrorism programs to describe areas of opportunity for private industry to contribute to making U.S. and international counterterrorism efforts more effective.

  • Are We Keeping Up in a Rapidly Changing World?

    Reflecting on more than two decades in public service and having been deeply involved in the U.S. Governments national security and intelligence transformation of the past decade, Leiter discusses the ways in which the U.S. Government and the U.S. private sector isand is notkeeping up with enormous global changes. In particular, Leiter talks about how the rapidly changing dynamics across the Middle East and North Africa, the increasingly dangerous aspects of cyberspace, and the worrisome availability of weapons of mass destruction are often outpacing our ability to address critical national security needs. In addition, Leiter describes how the private sector can help partner with the U.S. Government and foreign nations to address many of these challenges, as well as the ways in which many of our traditional policy, legal, and process solutions are falling short.

  • Leading in a Crisis: Before, During, and After

    For more than four years Leiter served at the heart of terrorism crisis management in the U.S. Government as the Director of the National Counterterrorism Centerthe post-9/11 organization created to serve as the hub of intelligence and policy planning for the U.S. counterterrorism community. Over the course of two administrations, Leiter helped lead the U.S. Governments efforts to respond to repeated crises and high-stakes events, such as al-Qaidas failed attempt to bring a U.S. airliner down over Detroit on Christmas Day 2009, a failed car bomb attack in Times Square, the tragic shooting at Ft. Hood, and the successful mission that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden. Through examples from these and other events, Leiter shows how principled, thoughtful, visionary, and energetic leadership can carry an organization through crises andmore importantlycan lead to improvements in mission effectiveness that might otherwise be impossible. Leiters lessons of motivating and focusing a workforce, working with critical partners and customers, and effecting change apply to a wide range of businesses and organizations well-beyond those involved in combating terrorism or involved in the national security enterprise.

Michael Leiter Speaker Videos

  • Cooperation and Conflict in the Relationship between Government

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent and wish to request a profile update or removal from our online directory, please submit a profile request form.

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