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The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a directors' lunch with Michael E. Leiter, Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC).

Michael E. Leiter was sworn in as the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) in June 2008, upon his confirmation by the U.S. Senate and after serving as the Acting Director since November 2007. The NCTC has two core missions. The first is to serve as the primary organization in the U.S. government for analysis and integration of all terrorism intelligence. In this role Mr. Leiter reports to Dennis C. Blair, the Director of National Intelligence. The second mission is to conduct strategic operational planning for counterterrorism activities integrating all elements of U.S. national power. In this role he reports to President Obama.

From February 2007 to November 2007, Mr. Leiter served as NCTC's Principal Deputy Director. 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 assisted in the establishment of the ODNI and coordinated all internal and external operations for the ODNI including relationships with the White House, the Departments of Defense, State, Justice, and Homeland Security, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the Congress. He was also involved in the development of national intelligence centers, including NCTC and the National Counterproliferation Center, and their integration into the larger Intelligence Community. He also served as an intelligence and policy advisor to the DNI and PDDNI.

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"). While with the Robb-Silberman Commission, Mr. Leiter focused on reforms of the U.S. Intelligence Community, in particular the development of what is now the National Security Branch of the FBI. 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 federal crimes.

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. Previously, 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 (1991-1997). Mr. Leiter was 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 Law School, where he graduated magna cum laude and was President of the Harvard Law Review, and his B.A. from Columbia University.

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