Michael S. Rogers

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Michael Rogers
Rogers 2018.jpg
2nd Commander of United States Cyber Command
In office
April 3, 2014 – May 4, 2018
PresidentBarack Obama
Donald Trump
Preceded byKeith B. Alexander
Succeeded byPaul M. Nakasone
17th Director of the National Security Agency
In office
April 3, 2014 – May 4, 2018
PresidentBarack Obama
Donald Trump
DeputyGeorge Barnes
Preceded byKeith B. Alexander
Succeeded byPaul M. Nakasone
Personal details
Born (1959-10-31) October 31, 1959 (age 62)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyIndependent[1]
EducationAuburn University (BA)
Naval War College (MS)
Military service
AllegianceUnited States
Branch/serviceUnited States Navy
Years of service1981–2018
CommandsUnited States Cyber Command
National Security Agency
Central Security Service
United States Fleet Cyber Command
United States Tenth Fleet
Battles/warsInvasion of Grenada
Multinational Force in Lebanon
AwardsNavy Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal (3)

Michael S. Rogers (born October 31, 1959) is a former United States Navy admiral who served as the second commander of the United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM). He concurrently served as the 17th director of the National Security Agency (NSA) and as chief of the Central Security Service (CSS) from April 3, 2014. Prior to that, Rogers served as the Commander of the Tenth Fleet and Commander of the United States Fleet Cyber Command.[2] During his tenure, he helped transform and elevate U.S. Cyber Command into a unified combatant command. He relinquished command on May 4, 2018 to his successor, Paul M. Nakasone.[3][4] He retired from active duty in the United States Navy on June 1, 2018.

Early life and education[edit]

Rogers was born on October 31, 1959[5] and is a native of Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from New Trier High School in 1977.[6] He is a graduate of Auburn University (1981) and the Naval War College.[7]


Rogers speaking to a group of 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 on board the USS Caron (DD-970).[8] In 1986, he was selected for transfer from unrestricted line officer to restricted line officer and re-designation as a cryptology officer.[9]


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.[8] 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.[10]


In January 2014, the Obama Administration announced Rogers' nomination as director of the National Security Agency and the commander of the United States offensive cyberoperations unit in the Department of Defense. Rogers succeeded General Keith B. Alexander, who served as the NSA director for nine years,[11][12][13] 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,[14] 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 speculation 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."[15]

In January 2018, Rogers announced he would be retiring from the NSA in the spring.[16][17][18]

In early 2019, Rogers became the Chairman of the Board of Advisors of Claroty, a cybersecurity firm.[19]

Military decorations[edit]

Information dominance warfare officer device.PNG Navy Information Dominance Warfare Officer Pin
Surface Warfare Officer Insignia.png Navy Surface Warfare Officer Pin
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
1 golden star.svg1 golden star.svg Meritorious Service Medal with two gold award stars
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Silver star
Navy Commendation Medal with silver 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
National Intelligence Distinguished Public Service Medal ribbon.svg National Intelligence Distinguished Public Service Medal
Navy "E" Ribbon
Bronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.png Navy Expeditionary Medal with three 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
AUS Order of Australia (military) BAR.svg Honorary Officer of the Order of Australia (military version), 17 September 2018[20]
Navy Rifle Marksmanship Ribbon.svg Navy Rifle Marksmanship Ribbon
United States Navy Pistol Marksmanship Ribbon with expert device.svg Navy Expert Pistol Shot Medal


  1. ^ "DocumentCloud".
  2. ^ "Navy cyber warfare chief is Obama's pick to lead NSA". Los Angeles Times. 27 January 2014. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  3. ^ U.S. Cyber Command Change of Command/Command Elevation Ceremony
  4. ^ "Cyber Command Elevated to Combatant Command". Military.com. 2018-05-04. Retrieved 2018-05-05.
  5. ^ "Nominations Before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Second Session, 113th Congress" (PDF). Federation of American Scientists. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  6. ^ "New Trier's Rogers talks about U.S. Fleet Cyber Command". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  7. ^ Peterson, Andrea (October 16, 2013). "Meet the man who could be next in line to control the NSA's spying apparatus". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 13, 2014.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ "U.S. Navy bio". U.S. Navy. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  10. ^ Guimont, Nathan L. (2 June 2012). "10th Fleet Commander Visits Navy Linguists". Navy.mil. U.S. Navy. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
  11. ^ Nakashima, Ellen (25 January 2014). "Obama signs off on nomination of Rogers as NSA director". Washington Post. Retrieved 30 January 2014.
  12. ^ Sanger, David (30 January 2014). "Vice Admiral to Be Named N.S.A. Director". New York Times. Retrieved 30 January 2014.
  13. ^ Hattem, Julian (30 January 2014). "Obama to name new NSA director". The Hill. Retrieved 30 January 2014.
  14. ^ Ackerman, Spencer (30 January 2014). "Vice-admiral Michael Rogers to take command of embattled NSA". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  15. ^ Ackerman, Spencer (3 June 2014). "NSA chief Michael Rogers: Edward Snowden 'probably not' a foreign spy". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  16. ^ "NSA Chief Mike Rogers's Classified Retirement Memo Leaks". nymag. Retrieved 2018-02-17.
  17. ^ "NSA's Rogers to retire this spring". politico. Retrieved 2018-02-17.
  18. ^ "NSA Chief Adm. Mike Rogers Expected to Retire this Spring; Leaves Complicated Legacy". usni. February 2018. Retrieved 2018-02-17.
  19. ^ "U.S. Navy Admiral (Ret.) Michael S. Rogers named to Claroty Advisory Board". www.SecurityInfoWatch.com. Retrieved 2019-08-11.
  20. ^ "ORDER OF AUSTRALIA" (PDF). Governor General of Australia. Retrieved 12 November 2018.

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