Richard Ledgett

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Richard Ledgett
Richard H. Ledgett.jpg
18th Deputy Director of the National Security Agency
In office
President Barack Obama
Donald Trump
Preceded by John C. Inglis
Succeeded by George C. Barnes
Military service
Nickname(s) "Rick"
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Army
Unit Signals Intelligence

Richard H. "Rick" 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] During this time he argued for amnesty for Snowden in exchange for the return of the remaining classified documents still in his possession.[3]

On February 3, 2017, Ledgett announced that he would be retiring in the spring.[4] His successor was George C. Barnes.[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 2014-02-01. 
  2. ^ "Biography Deputy Director of the NSA – NSA/CSS". Retrieved 2014-02-01. 
  3. ^ "NSA official in charge Edward Snowden task force says U.S. should consider granting him AMNESTY in exchange for the 1.5 million classified documents still in his possession". December 14, 2013. Retrieved 2014-02-01. 
  4. ^ Geller, Eric (February 3, 2017). "NSA deputy director resigning this spring". Politico. 
  5. ^ "Current Leadership". Retrieved 2017-06-28. 
  6. ^ Zakaria, Tabassum (December 13, 2013). "Exclusive: After 'cataclysmic' Snowden affair, NSA faces winds of change". Reuters. Retrieved 2014-02-01. 
  7. ^ a b Bercovici, Jeff (March 20, 2014). "At TED, NSA's Deputy Director Says 'President Madison Would've Been Proud'". Forbes. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 

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