Appointments, Confirmations & Budgets

Vice Adm. Mike Rogers to Head NSA

By Ritika Singh
Thursday, January 30, 2014, 4:06 PM

Vice Admiral Michael Rogers will succeed Gen. Keith Alexander as the director of the National Security Agency, reports the  New York Times:

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is set to announce that Vice Adm. Michael S. Rogers will become the new director of the National Security Agency and the commander of the new Pentagon unit that directs the country’s offensive cyberoperations, according to senior administration officials.

Admiral Rogers, a cryptologist by training who has quietly risen to the top of naval intelligence operations, will become the public face of the N.S.A. at a moment that it is caught in the cross hairs of the roiling debate about whether its collection of information about American citizens and foreign leaders has exceeded legal constraints, and common sense.

Admiral Rogers will succeed General Keith B. Alexander, who has served as N.S.A. director for nearly nine years and was the first to direct both the civilian spy agency and the four-year-old Cyber Command.