Michael Leiter most recently served as the President of the Defense Group at Leidos (LDOS), a Fortune 500 technology company based in Reston, Virginia. In this role Mike led more than 8,000 personnel providing mission critical technology, solutions, and support to the U.S. Department of Defense and allied nations around the world. In addition, he was responsible for all of Leidos’ business for NATO, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East, to include global Air Traffic Management and airport modernization, and support to intelligence and civil organizations.
Previously, Mike served as Executive Vice President and Head of Integration for the merger of Leidos and Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems & Global Solutions (IS&GS), combining the two entities to produce a global technology and solutions company with more than $10 billion in annual revenue and 33,000 employees.
Prior to this, Mike served as the Executive Vice President for Business Development, Strategy, M&A, and Government Affairs, and the company’s Chief Strategy Officer. In this role Mike led and managed all aspects of the negotiation for and acquisition of Lockheed Martin’s IS&GS.
Before entering the private sector, Mike served as the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) from 2007 until 2011, having been nominated to the position by President George W. Bush and confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate. Mike was one of the few senior national security officials asked to continue in his position by President Barack Obama.
Before NCTC, Mike helped establish the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and served as its first Deputy Chief of Staff, and as the Deputy General Counsel and Assistant Director of the President’s Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction. From 2002 until 2005, Mike served as an Assistant United States Attorney. Immediately prior he served as a law clerk to Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer of the Supreme Court of the United States and Chief Judge Michael Boudin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
From 1991 until 1997, Mike served as a Naval Flight Officer flying EA-6B Prowler electronic warfare and signals intelligence carrier-based jets in the U.S. Navy, and participated in combat and peacekeeping operations in the former Yugoslavia and Iraq.
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), and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Mike 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.