Carly Fiorina, The CEO, The CIA and The Secretary of State

When news broke this weekend that Carly Fiorina was in the running for Secretary of State, I immediately thought of an article that my podcast partner, Jim Geraghty had written for National Review in 2015.


The event takes place just a week after the terrorist attacks on 9/11. At the time, Michael Hayden was the head of the National Security Agency, the intelligence community was suffering because of all the down communications in the wake of the attacks… enter Carly Fiorina.

Hayden called up the CEO of Hewlett Packard, Carly Fiorina. “HP made precisely the equipment we needed, and we needed in bulk,” says Robert Deitz, who was general counsel at the NSA from 1998 to 2006. Deitz recalls that a tractor-trailer full of HP servers and other equipment was on the Washington, D.C. Beltway, en route to retailers, at the very moment Hayden called. Fiorina instructed her team to postpone the retailer delivery and have the driver stop. An NSA police car met up with the tractor-trailer and the truck proceeded, with an armed escort, to NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland. It was an early moment in the close professional relationship between Hayden and Fiorina. Five years later, President George W. Bush named Hayden director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Upon assuming control at Langley, Hayden decided that he wanted to create an ‘External Advisory Board.’ He once again turned to Fiorina, and she went on to chair that board.

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This is one of those stories that stays with you. It appears Ms. Fiorina has been willing to put her country first when we needed it most. Fiorina has flip-flopped on her support of Trump, but that just proves she’s learning how to do the politics thing. She clearly has the patriot thing down.


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