If confirmed by the Senate, Rogers will take over an intelligence agency battered by leaks of classified documents from former contractor
Rogers, a Chicago-area native who now commands Navy cyber operations, would replace Army Gen. Keith Alexander, who is retiring. Alexander has headed the NSA since 2005 and Cyber Command since 2010.
"This is a critical time for the NSA, and Vice Adm. Rogers would bring extraordinary and unique qualifications to this position as the agency continues its vital mission and implements President Obama's reforms," Defense Secretary
Hagel said that Richard Ledgett, an NSA veteran, has been selected to serve as NSA deputy director, the senior civilian post at the agency. He replaces John "Chris" Inglis, who retired in January.