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GEN Michael Hayden, Michelle Van Cleave join training program to promote strategic thinking

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2012 - Two top minds in US intelligence and counterintelligence will be addressing government national security professionals as part of a new program to help promote strategic thinking and action.

Former CIA Director Michael Hayden and former National Counterintelligence Executive Michelle Van Cleave will be featured instructors in PASS:PORT, a new national security professional training program sponsored by The Institute of World Politics (IWP).

Hayden, a retired four-star Air Force general, was director of the National Security Agency (NSA) from 1999 to 2005, and CIA director from 2006 to 2009.

Van Cleave served as the federal government's first National Counterintelligence Executive from 2003 to 2006, and is one of the nation's most prolific female intelligence authorities.

"We have designed PASS:PORT to help our country's national security professionals to do more with less by challenging them to take what they already know and think more strategically about what they do," said PASS:PORT Director J. Michael Waller, a professor at IWP.

"We are combining some of the most innovative and courageous of our senior former public officials with lesser known but cutting edge thought leaders and practitioners to stretch the horizons of strategic thinking and action," Waller said.

"PASS:PORT is designed to help busy professionals to take some time and really think about what they are doing and how they are doing it. We want to challenge the very fundamentals of strategic thinking in the national security field," Waller said. "One of the solutions we seek help professionals accomplish is to address multiple and unconventional threats more easily at a time of budget constraints, force reduction and strategic realignments."

PASS:PORT stands for Professional Advancement for Security Strategists: Program on Reducing Threats. It is an accelerated program of eight evening seminars and three extended weekend retreats in the Washington, DC area, between September 2012 and June 2013. A complete listing of topics to be covered, including most current faculty listings, calendar information, and application instructions, can be found at

The Institute of World Politics is an accredited graduate school of national security and international affairs. PASS:PORT is IWP's first initiative designed specifically to meet the professional development needs of the whole of government.