Michael Leiter

Michael Leiter

Homeland Security Group Member , EVP of Business Development and Strategy, Leidos Holdings

Michael Leiter serves as the Executive Vice President of Business Development and Strategy for Leidos Holdings, a Fortune 500 science and technology company specializing in national security, health, and engineering. In this position Mike is responsible for all business development, strategy, mergers and acquisitions, government affairs, and communications. Before joining Leidos Mike oversaw government and commercial cyber operations for Palantir Technologies, a privately-held data analytics company based in Silicon Valley.

Prior to entering the private sector Mike was the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) from 2007 until 2011, having been nominated by President George W. Bush and asked to remain by President Barack Obama. In this role Mike oversaw all U.S. counterterrorism intelligence and government-wide counterterrorism strategic planning, and was intimately involved in the operation that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden. Previously he helped establish and served in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and with the Robb-Silberman WMD Commission, as an Assistant United States Attorney, as a law clerk to Justice Stephen Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court, and in the U.S. Navy flying EA-6B Prowlers in combat in both Iraq and the former Yugoslavia. 

Mike continues to serve as an advisor to the NCTC and to the National Security Agency on cyber issues and commercial technologies. In addition he serves on advisory groups for the American Law Institute on information privacy, the Aspen Institute on homeland security, and the National Academies on intelligence and bulk data collection. He previously served as NBC News’ principal National Security, Counterterrorism, and Cyber Analyst, as a member of the RAND Corporation’s Board of Trustees, and as the inaugural Scholar-in-Residence at New York University Law School’s Center on Law and Security. 

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.