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Michael Leiter, former counter-terrorism leader, joins Palantir Technologies as senior counselor

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Palantir Technologies, developers of a data integration and analysis platform, announced on Dec. 5 that Michael Leiter, the former director of the U.S. Government’s National Counterterrorism Center, has recently joined Palantir as senior counselor.

Leiter will operate at a company-wide level to help Palantir develop and optimize its market strategy, business practices and internal operations, says a news release issued by Palantir on Dec. 5.

The Silicon Valley-based technology company helps governments, companies and non-governmental organizations integrate, visualize and analyze critical information within a platform designed to protect privacy and civil liberties.

"Mike's integrity, vision, and deep understanding of the nation's most pressing issues will prove invaluable as we continue to support our customers' critical missions," said Palantir’s co-founder and CEO, Dr. Alex Karp. "He is a proven leader in the counter-terrorism, intelligence, and law enforcement fields, and he shares Palantir's belief that security and liberty do not have to be competing goals. We are excited and gratified that he is joining our team."

Before joining Palantir, Leiter served as the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), the primary organization in the federal government for analysis and integration of all counterterrorism intelligence. Initially nominated to the post by President George W. Bush in 2008, Leiter was one of the few national security officials President Barack Obama asked to continue their roles in the new administration.

As the Director of NCTC, Leiter led more than 1,000 personnel, managed an annual budget of more than $400 million, and was responsible for strategic coordination of all domestic and overseas U.S. Government counterterrorism efforts.

Before joining NCTC, Leiter served as the deputy chief of staff for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and 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, Leiter served with the Department of Justice as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. Previously, Leiter worked as a law clerk to Associate Justice Stephen Breyer of the Supreme Court of the United States and to Judge Michael Boudin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

From 1991 until 1997, he served as a flight officer in the U.S. Navy, flying EA-6B Prowlers and participating in U.S., NATO and UN operations in the former Yugoslavia and Iraq.

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. 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. Leiter is the recipient of numerous awards related to his work in national security.

The Palantir Platform works at any scale and empowers the entire analytic lifecycle through its ability to integrate with any data store in the enterprise, while enforcing robust security and civil liberties protections. Because it is a “productized” solution, the cost and time required for implementation is significantly less than for a custom-built solution, says the company’s news release.

Palantir is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, with offices in New York, Tysons Corner, VA, and London.



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