Michael Leiter

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Person.png Michael Leiter  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(lawyer, “terror expert”)
Michael E. Leiter.jpg
BornEnglewood, New Jersey, United States
Alma materColumbia University, Harvard University
Member ofBusiness Executives for National Security/Advisory Council, RAND/Board of Trustees
"Terrorism expert" with revolving door in military-industrial complex. In 2011 Leiter joined Palantir Technologies. His role was stated to be to develop and optimize market strategy.

Employment.png Acting “Director of the National Counterterrorism Center”

In office
November 10, 2007 - 2008
Preceded byJohn Scott Redd
Succeeded byMichael Leiter

Michael E. Leiter was the director of the United States National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC),[1] having worked in the Bush Administration and been retained in the Obama Administration.[2] A statement released by the White House[3] announced his resignation, effective July 8, 2011.[4] In September 2017, Leiter joined international law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Washington, D.C. as a partner in its national security practice.[5]


After law school, Leiter served as a law clerk to Associate Justice Stephen 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 2002 until 2005, he served with the DOJ as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. At the Justice Department, Leiter prosecuted a wide variety of federal crimes, including narcotics offenses, organized crime and racketeering, capital murder, and money laundering.

Following his departure from the National Counterterrorism Center in 2011, Leiter joined the data analysis software firm Palantir Technologies as senior counselor to CEO Alex Karp. His role was stated to be to develop and optimize market strategy, business practices and internal operations.[6] Leiter also became a counterterrorism, cybersecurity and national security analyst for NBC News shortly thereafter.[7] Since becoming a part of Palantir Leiter has continued to publicly speak and participate in forums for discussion of national security and counterterrorism.[8][9][10]

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