Clapper Praises Rogers
Clapper Praises Rogers’
Nomination as Next Cyber Chief
American Forces Press Service.
Washington D.C. – January 31, 2014 – (AFPS)
– Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper has praised President
Barack Obama’s nomination of Navy Vice Adm. Michael S. Rogers to be the next
commander of U.S. Cyber Command, director of the National Security Agency and
chief of the Central Security Service.
In his statement, Clapper also praised Richard Ledgett on his
appointment to serve as the NSA deputy director.
The text of Clapper’s statement follows:
“Today, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced that Vice
Adm. Michael S. Rogers is President Obama’s nominee to be the next commander of
U.S. Cyber Command. In addition, Secretary Hagel announced that he has
designated Vice Adm. Rogers to serve as director of the National Security Agency
and chief of the Central Security Service.
“Mike’s Navy career spans more than 30 years of distinguished
service to the nation, and he is highly respected throughout the Intelligence
Community and Department of Defense. He served in numerous leadership and
cryptological roles, including the director for intelligence for both the Joint
Chiefs of Staff and U.S. Pacific Command.
“I worked with Mike when I was the undersecretary of defense
for intelligence and he was the director of intelligence for the Joint Chiefs of
Staff. He is a dedicated career intelligence officer who deeply understands
signals intelligence and cyber operations, which makes him uniquely qualified to
lead the NSA and U.S. Cyber Command missions.
“I would also like to congratulate Richard Ledgett on his
appointment to serve as the NSA deputy director. Rick was the first ODNI
national intelligence manager for cyber, and has had a remarkable career in
signals intelligence. His keen insight of the entire intelligence enterprise
will serve the NSA and the Intelligence Community well.
“I know Mike and Rick will make a great team, and I look
forward to working with them. Their combined leadership will support and
strengthen intelligence integration across the community and help keep our