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The value of those lessons became evident when he volunteered to become a double agent for the Naval Investigative Service (NIS), and to operate against the KGB.
In 1981, while assigned to the Naval Air Engineering Center in Lakehurst, New Jersey, Mr. Hayden was approached to volunteer for duty as a double agent. For the next 18 months he served in a support role for agents of the NIS who were involved in counter-intelligence and counter-terrorist operations. Two of those operations were especially memorable; one targeted against the Irish Republican Army (IRA) in New York City, and the other against a communist front bookstore in Philadelphia.