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Michael Leiter, Former NCTC Chief, to Join Leidos as BD and Strategy EVP

Michael Leiter
Michael Leiter

Michael Leiter, who served as director of the National Counterterrorism Center under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, will join Leidos (NYSE: LDOS) as executive vice president of business development and strategy on November 17, the company said Tuesday.

Leiter will oversee the Reston, Virginia-based company’s activities in areas of business development, strategy development and execution, communications, government affairs, mergers and acquisitions.

Leiter held the director role at NCTC from June 2008 to July 2011 and was appointed to the acting director role in November 2007.

At NCTC, he led a U.S. government organization that led efforts to analyze and integrate intelligence related to terrorism both in the U.S. and international locations.

He also planned government-wide counterterrorism activities to integrate efforts of the U.S. military, intelligence, diplomatic, financial and homeland security sectors.

Leidos says he led more than 1, 000 employees, managed a $400 million annual budget and advised the Office of Management and Budget on how to allocate $100 billion in annual funds for government-wide counterterrorism activities.

After NCTC, he served as a counselor to the CEO of data analysis company Palantir Technologies.

His government career also includes service as deputy chief of staff for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and deputy general counsel and assistant director for the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction (the “Robb-Silberman Commission”).

Prior to his intelligence roles, he served as an assistant U.S. attorney for Virginia’s eastern district and prosecuted cases related to drugs, organized crime,  racketeering, capital murder and money laundering.

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