The National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland. (Photo credit: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
By Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY
WASHINGTON - Vice Admiral Michael Rogers has been chosen to be the next director of the National Security Agency and head of U.S. cyber command, the Pentagon announced Thursday.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel also announced that Richard Ledgett will be the next NSA deputy director.
The picks of Rogers and Ledgett comeat a 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 methods.
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.
Ledgett replaces J. Chris Inglis as the top civilian at the NSA. Inglis left his post earlier this month.
A White House intelligence review panel recommended in December that Obama split leadership of the NSA and cyber command. Obama, however, decided to continue the arrangement where a single military official oversees both operations.
Rogers, who is trained as a cryptologist, is a 30-year Navy veteran. He currently runs the Navy's cyber warfare arm.
His appointment requires Senate confirmation.