Tom Vanden Brook, USA Today
WASHINGTON -- President Obama has chosen Vice Admiral Michael Rogers
to be the next director of the National Security Agency and head of U.S.
cyber command, according to a senior defense official.
The official asked not to be identified because the president has yet to make the announcement.
pick of Rogers comes at delicate moment for the NSA, which has faced
congressional and public scrutiny in the aftermath of revelations by
former contractor Edward Snowden about the agency's surveillance
Rogers will succeed Gen. Keith Alexander, who has served
as NSA director since 2005. He later took on a dual-hatted position as
chief of U.S. Cyber Command in 2010. The White House previously
announced that Alexander would step down in March.
The White House would not confirm the appointment.
Rogers, who is trained as a cryptologist, is a 30-year Navy veteran. He currently runs the Navy's cyber warfare arm.
His appointment was first reported by the Los Angeles Times.