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article imageObama may name Vice Admiral Rogers as new NSA chief

By Ken Hanly     Jan 28, 2014 in Politics
Washington - As present chief of NSA and U.S. Cyber Command General, Keith Alexander is expected to retire in March of this year. Reports indicate that Vice-Admiral Michael Rogers will be chosen by President Obama to take over his positions.
General Keith Alexander wanted the US to achieve information dominance and to do so he attempted to collect all the information he could. Some of his snooping is widely regarded as having been unlawful. The revelations of Edward Snowden leaked to the press brought the whole NSA operation and Alexander under a cloud: On 16 October 2013, it was announced that General Alexander, and his Deputy John C. Inglis, were leaving the NSA.[4] This announcement came on the heels of four months of NSA spying revelations spawned by press-leaks made by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Officials claim that Keith had decided on his retirement before the Snowden revelations. Alexander and others during hearings in 2012 and 2013 denied the existence of some of the types of surveillance that the Snowden documents revealed as happening. In September of 2013 Alexander was asked by Senator Mark Udall if it was the goal of NSA to "collect the phone records of all Americans" and Alexander replied: "Yes, I believe it is in the nation's best interest to put all the phone records into a lockbox that we could search."
General Alexander was sometimes able to get things built exactly as he wanted to reflect his view of himself no doubt: "When he was running the Army's Intelligence and Security Command, Alexander brought many of his future allies down to Fort Belvoir for a tour of his base of operations, a facility known as the Information Dominance Center. It had been designed by a Hollywood set designer to mimic the bridge of the starship Enterprise from Star Trek, complete with chrome panels, computer stations, a huge TV monitor on the forward wall, and doors that made a 'whoosh' sound when they slid open and closed. Lawmakers and other important officials took turns sitting in a leather 'captain's chair' in the center of the room and watched as Alexander, a lover of science-fiction movies, showed off his data tools on the big screen. If Michael Rogers takes over the tasks of Alexander he brings to the tasks some of the same attitudes including the development of extensive offensive capabilities for cyberwarfare as Alexander has already done as he informed Congress last March: Yesterday, the newly minted head of the United States' Cyber Command team and NSA head General Keith Alexander told assembled lawmakers that the US has created offensive cyberwarfare divisions designed to do far more than protect US assets from foreign attacks. This is a major change in policy from previous public statements -- in the past, the US has publicly focused on defensive actions and homegrown security improvements.
Rogers, who at present heads the Navy's cyber warfare arm, has similar aims as expressed when he spoke to CHIPS, that Navy's Information and Technology magazine:“The Navy’s cyber warriors are doing an incredible job every day defending the network and achieving information dominance,To preserve the Navy's cyber warfighting advantage, we must continue to develop an elite workforce that is recruited, trained and educated to better understand the maritime environment, employ the latest technological advances and deliver cyber warfighting capability anywhere around the world, 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,”
As head of both NASA and U.S. Cyber Command, Rogers can carry on the same policies as those of Alexander to ensure U.S. dominance in intelligence gathering and cyber warfare.
The Washington Post, the Associated Press, and the Los Angeles Times have named Rogers as the replacement for Alexander. Some of his former colleagues, such as John Nagel, think that Rogers would be an ideal replaced for Alexander: "I can think of no one I trust more implicitly to make the important calls about balancing privacy and national security that if confirmed he will make many times a day,” However, his colleagues may share the aims of Alexander and Rogers and hence policies that may inevitably involve tilting the balance towards national security rather than privacy. After all, that is their main interest while privacy concerns could frustrate that interest.
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