Caitlin Hayden is senior vice president of Communications for BAE Systems, Inc. In this role, she leads all external and internal communications activities for the nearly $12 billion company. Before BAE Systems, Caitlin was the Vice President of Communications for the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), the leading advocacy organization for the U.S. aerospace and defense industry. She joined AIA from Edelman, where she served as Executive Vice President and Director of the Media Group in the firm's DC Office. Before joining Edelman, Caitlin was a Special Assistant to President Obama, the National Security Council Senior Director for Strategic Communications and Press, and the National Security Council (NSC) Spokesperson. Prior to the White House, Caitlin was a career civil servant at the Department of State, based in Washington and serving tours for varying lengths of time in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the UK.