The AP reported today that the next chief of everyone's favorite eavesdroppers, the NSA, will be Mike Rogers. No, not the Mike Rogers who chairs the House Intelligence Committee and thinks Edward Snowden is a Russian spy. This Mike Rogers is a vice admiral in the Navy.
The story cited unnamed government officials (is there any other kind?) who said Rogers would "likely" be the nominee to replace outgoing Gen. Keith Alexander, who is stepping down in March.
This isn't the first time we've heard Rogers' name as a possible nominee. In an October story, Reuters called Rogers a "leading candidate" for the job:
One leading candidate to replace Alexander is Vice Admiral Michael Rogers, currently commander of the U.S. Navy's 10th Fleet and U.S. Fleet Cyber Command, officials told Reuters. The 10th Fleet and Fleet Cyber Command both have their headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland, between Washington and Baltimore. The NSA is also headquartered at Fort Meade.
So if Rogers does become the new chief he won't have to change his commute at all, which is nice for him.
The Washington Post put up a quick primer on Rogers last October, highlighting his cryptology experience. He's been the head of the Navy's cyber command since September 2011, and sees cyberspace as a "primary warfare domain."
So, what's he like? Well, in a 2012 interview with the Navy's information technology magazine CHIPS, Rogers said:
In summary, the Navy's success across the maritime domain is guaranteed by our ability to defend, project power, and prevail in cyberspace with an exceptionally trained cyber force, continued vigilance, proven tactics, and an unshakable warrior ethos.
The Navy's cyber warriors are doing an incredible job every day defending the network and achieving information dominance. I could not be prouder.
"Information dominance." Sounds like we're in for more of the same.
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