Michael S. Rogers

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Michael S. Rogers
Admiral Michael S. Rogers, USN.jpg
Rogers in 2014
17th Director of the National Security Agency
Assumed office
April 3, 2014
President Barack Obama
Deputy Richard Ledgett
Preceded by Keith B. Alexander
Personal details
Born (1959-10-31) October 31, 1959 (age 56)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Naval officer
Profession Intelligence officer
Military service
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Navy
Years of service 1981–present
Rank US Navy O10 infobox.svg Admiral
Commands 2010-05-14-USCYBERCOM Logo.jpg U.S. Cyber Command
National Security Agency
Seal of the United States Fleet Cyber Command.jpg U.S. Fleet Cyber Command
United States Tenth Fleet.jpg U.S. Tenth Fleet

Michael S. Rogers (born October 31, 1959) is a United States Navy admiral who serves as Commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, Director of the National Security Agency (NSA), and Chief of the Central Security Service since April 3, 2014. Prior to that, Rogers served as the Commander of the Tenth Fleet and Commander of the U.S. Fleet Cyber Command.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Rogers is a native of Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from New Trier High School in 1977.[3] He is a graduate of Auburn University (1981) and the Naval War College.[4]


Rogers speaking to a group of naval sailors at the Center for Information Dominance in January 2012.


Rogers received his commission through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) program and has served in the United States Navy since graduating from Auburn University in 1981. He started his career as a Surface Warfare Officer working in naval gunfire support operations off Grenada, Beirut, and maritime surveillance operations off El Salvador.[5] In 1986, he was selected for transfer from Unrestricted Line Officer to Restricted Line Officer and re-designation as a cryptology officer.[6]


During the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, Rogers joined the military's Joint Staff, which works for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, where he specialized in computer network attacks. From 2007 onward he served as director of intelligence for the military's Pacific Command. In 2009, he became director of intelligence for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and was subsequently named commander of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and commander of the U.S. 10th Fleet, with responsibility for all of the Navy's cyberwarfare efforts.[5] As such, Rogers was the first restricted line officer to serve as a numbered fleet commander and the first Information Warfare Community (IWC) officer to achieve the rank of vice admiral.[7]


In January 2014, the Obama Administration announced Rogers' nomination as director of the National Security Agency and the commander of the US offensive cyberoperations unit in the Department of Defense. Rogers succeeded General Keith B. Alexander, who served as the NSA director for nine years,[8][9][10] and became the first IWC officer to achieve the rank of admiral. Although the NSA directorship does not require Senate approval, Rogers had to be confirmed by the Senate to head United States Cyber Command,[11] for which the Senate unanimously confirmed him.

In his first public remarks as NSA director, Rogers stated that he believed that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was "probably not" working for a foreign intelligence agency, despite frequent speculation and assertion by the NSA's allies to the contrary. Rogers added: "He clearly believes in what he's doing. I question that; I don't agree with it. I fundamentally disagree with what he did. I believe it was wrong; I believe it was illegal."[12]

Military decorations[edit]

Navy IDW Officer.jpg Navy Information Dominance Warfare Officer Badge
Surface Warfare Officer Insignia.png Navy Surface Warfare Officer Badge
Seal of the United States Cyber Command.png United States Cyber Command Badge
Seal of the United States National Security Agency.svg National Security Agency Badge
Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Defense Superior Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Award star (gold).pngAward star (gold).png Meritorious Service Medal with two gold award stars
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Gold star
Navy Commendation Medal with award star
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Joint Meritorious Unit Award with three oak leaf clusters
Navy Unit Commendation
Bronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.png Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation with two bronze service stars
Navy "E" Ribbon
Bronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.png Navy Expeditionary Medal with two service stars
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal with service star
Bronze star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with service star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary ribbon.svg Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service ribbon.svg Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
Bronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.png Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with 2 service stars
Bronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.png Navy & Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon with 4 service stars
Navy Rifle Marksmanship Ribbon.svg Navy Rifle Marksmanship Ribbon
USN Expert Pistol Shot Ribbon.png Navy Expert Pistol Shot Medal


  1. ^ "Navy cyber warfare chief is Obama's pick to lead NSA". Los Angeles Times. 27 January 2014. Retrieved 15 August 2015. 
  2. ^ https://fas.org/irp/congress/2014_hr/selva-rogers.pdf
  3. ^ "New Trier's Rogers talks about U.S. Fleet Cyber Command". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Peterson, Andrea (October 16, 2013). "Meet the man who could be next in line to control the NSA's spying apparatus". Retrieved March 13, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Sanger, David; Shanker, Thom (30 January 2014). "N.S.A. Choice Is Navy Expert on Cyberwar". The New York Times. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Navy bio". U.S. Navy. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  7. ^ Guimont, Nathan L. (2 June 2012). "10th Fleet Commander Visits Navy Linguists". Navy.mil. U.S. Navy. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  8. ^ Nakashima, Ellen (25 January 2014). "Obama signs off on nomination of Rogers as NSA director". Washington Post. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  9. ^ Sanger, David (30 January 2014). "Vice Admiral to Be Named N.S.A. Director". New York Times. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  10. ^ Hattem, Julian (30 January 2014). "Obama to name new NSA director". The Hill. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  11. ^ Ackerman, Spencer (30 January 2014). "Vice-admiral Michael Rogers to take command of embattled NSA". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  12. ^ Ackerman, Spencer (3 June 2014). "NSA chief Michael Rogers: Edward Snowden 'probably not' a foreign spy". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 

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