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Big Data Keynote Speaker Series: Data + Foreign Policy With Michael Leiter, Former Director Of NCTC
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Join YPFP and learn from the one of most prominent practitioners of data analysis, Michael E. Leiter, Senior Counselor to the CEO of Palantir Technologies and former Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). A leader in applying data analysis principles to the arenas of politics and security in both the public and private sectors, Mr. Leiter has been invited as part of the Keynote Speaker Series for the Big Data and Analytics incubator in order to help future leaders of foreign policy understand the role of data analysis in developing foreign policy and crafting solutions to critical global challenges.
From the broadest reaches of the public to the highest levels of government, data mining and analysis are determining policy and shaping opinions. Without proper data, it’s impossible to accurately understand complex situations or properly craft solutions. Too often, real problems go ignored due to the perception of events being very different from the reality. Accurate data, gathered correctly and analyzed properly, allows professionals to envision events free of the misconceptions or stereotypes that cloud proper judgment. Reading data, placing it within context, and crafting an analysis are skills like any other.
Michael E. Leiter serves as the Senior Counselor to the Chief Executive Officer of Palantir Technologies, where he is responsible for coordinating internal operations, external business strategy, and business development. In this role he works closely with numerous Fortune 100 companies, senior U.S. Government officials, and foreign officials in Europe, Asia, and Australasia. In addition, Leiter serves as a National Security and Counterterrorism Analysts for NBC News.
Prior to entering the private sector Leiter served as the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) until July 2011. 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, cyber, 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.
Before joining NCTC, Mr. Leiter served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). In this role Mr. Leiter led 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, and Homeland Security, the CIA, and the Congress. Prior to his service with the ODNI, Mr. Leiter served 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 (the “Robb-Silberman Commission”). 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, Mr. 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. Mr. Leiter also served as a Harvard Law School human rights fellow with the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague. Mr. 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 a member of the National Security Agency’s Advisory Board (Cyber Awareness and Response), the NCTC Director’s Advisory Board, the Aspen Institute’s Homeland Security Advisory Group, and the Council on Foreign Relations. 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).