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NSA Nominee Michael S. Rogers Likely to Face Tough Questions on Surveillance: Dean Stavridis Weighs In

Washington Post

Dean Stavridis The Fletcher School

Vice Adm. Michael S. Rogers has been groomed for this moment.

Nominated by President Obama to become the next director of the National Security Agency and head of the military’s cyberwarfare command, Rogers was talent-scouted over the past several years by senior military and intelligence officials, who saw a leader in the personable officer

“He was the best there was, and he was going to lead us into the cyberfuture,” said retired Adm. Gary Roughead, who in 2011 picked Rogers to head Fleet Cyber Command, the Navy’s cyber organization, which was seen as a stepping stone…

…“Every senior officer in the Navy knew of Mike Rogers and fought to get Mike on their staff,” said retired Adm. James G. Stavridis, [Dean of The Fletcher School, Tufts University and] the former NATO commander in Europe who has known Rogers for some 20 years.

In 2011, in the run-up to the NATO bombing campaign against Libya, Rogers “was instrumental in helping me understand what was going on,” Stavridis said, adding, “He was able to provide us visibility into Libya and was able to do that in real time so that we could make decisions in combat throughout that operation.”

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