Richard Ledgett

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Richard Ledgett
Richard H. Ledgett.jpg
18th Deputy Director of the National Security Agency
In office
PresidentBarack Obama
Donald Trump
Preceded byJohn C. Inglis
Succeeded byGeorge C. Barnes
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
UnitSignals Intelligence

Richard H. Ledgett Jr. is a former Deputy Director of the National Security Agency.[1]


Ledgett has an undergraduate degree in psychology and a graduate degree in strategic intelligence.


In 1988, he began working for the National Security Agency, where he served in a variety of positions in the cybersecurity division.

Previous positions at NSA included Deputy Director for Analysis and Production (2009–2010), Deputy Director for Data Acquisition (2006–2009), Assistant Deputy Director for Data Acquisition (2005–2006), and Chief, NSA/CSS Pacific (2002–2005).

From 2012 to 2013 he was the Director of the NSA/CSS Threat Operations Center, responsible for round-the-clock cryptologic activities to discover and counter adversary cyber efforts.

From June 2013 to his appointment as Deputy Director in January 2014, Ledgett headed the investigation of leaks regarding NSA surveillance programs made by Edward Snowden.[2]

On February 3, 2017, Ledgett announced that he would be retiring in the spring.[3] His successor was George C. Barnes.[4]

On August 15, 2017, Ledgett was elected to M&T Bank Corporation's Board of Directors.[5]

Statements regarding NSA surveillance[edit]

Ledgett pledged increased transparency regarding NSA operations. However, he defended the operations of the NSA and argued in a rare interview with Reuters that NSA operations are completely legal.[6] Ledgett also accused the media of sensationalizing reports about various NSA mass surveillance programs.[7]

In March 2014, Ledgett stated during a TED Talk that the NSA operates legally. He further argued that President James Madison would be proud of the way in which Constitutional checks and balances have governed NSA mass surveillance.[7]

Awards and decorations[edit]

NSA Svc 2.JPG NSA Exceptional Civilian Service Medal


  1. ^ "2014 Press Release – NSA's New Deputy Director". Retrieved February 1, 2014.
  2. ^ "Biography Deputy Director of the NSA – NSA/CSS". Retrieved February 1, 2014.
  3. ^ Geller, Eric (February 3, 2017). "NSA deputy director resigning this spring". Politico.
  4. ^ "Current Leadership". Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  5. ^ "EX-99.1". Retrieved August 25, 2017.
  6. ^ Zakaria, Tabassum (December 13, 2013). "Exclusive: After 'cataclysmic' Snowden affair, NSA faces winds of change". Reuters. Retrieved February 1, 2014.
  7. ^ a b Bercovici, Jeff (March 20, 2014). "At TED, NSA's Deputy Director Says 'President Madison Would've Been Proud'". Forbes. Retrieved March 22, 2014.

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