Director of the National Security Agency

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Director of the National Security Agency
Flag of the United States National Security Agency.svg
Admiral Michael S. Rogers, USN.jpg
Admiral Michael S. Rogers, USN

since April 2, 2014
Formation 1952
First holder MG Ralph Canine, USA
Website Official Website

The Director of the National Security Agency (DIRNSA) is the highest-ranking official of the National Security Agency, which is a Defense Agency within the U.S. Department of Defense. The Director of the NSA also concurrently serves as Chief of the Central Security Service (CHCSS) and as Commander of U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM). As DIRNSA/CHCSS the officeholder reports through the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, and as CDRUSCYBERCOM through the Commander of U.S. Strategic Command, to the Secretary of Defense.

According to 10 U.S.C. § 201 of the United States Code, the Director of the NSA is recommended by the Secretary of Defense and nominated for appointment by the President. The nominee must be confirmed via majority vote by the Senate. In accordance with Department of Defense Directive 5100.20, dated December 23, 1971, the Director of the NSA must always be a commissioned officer of the military services. Because the assignment is currently part of a tri-hatted position, the Director of the NSA is appointed to the grade of a four-star general or admiral during the period of his incumbency. The Deputy Director is always a technically experienced civilian.[1]

AFSA directors

The Armed Forces Security Agency was the predecessor to the National Security Agency and existed from 1949 to 1952.

# Director Service Term President(s) served under
1 RADM Earl E. Stone USN 1949–1951 Harry S. Truman
2 MG Ralph Canine USA 1951–1952 Harry S. Truman

NSA directors

# Director Photo Service Term President(s) served under
1 MG Ralph Canine 75px USA 1952–1956 Harry S. Truman
Dwight D. Eisenhower
2 Lt Gen John Samford 75px USAF 1956–1960 Dwight D. Eisenhower
3 VADM Laurence Frost 75px USN 1960–1962 Dwight D. Eisenhower
John F. Kennedy
4 Lt Gen Gordon Blake 75px USAF 1962–1965 John F. Kennedy
Lyndon B. Johnson
5 LTG Marshall Carter Marshall S. Carter.jpg USA 1965–1969 Lyndon B. Johnson
Richard Nixon
6 VADM Noel Gayler 75px USN 1969–1972 Richard Nixon
7 Lt Gen Samuel C. Phillips Samuel C. Phillips.jpg USAF 1972–1973 Richard Nixon
8 Lt Gen Lew Allen General Lew Allen, official military photo.jpg USAF 1973–1977 Richard Nixon
Gerald Ford
Jimmy Carter
9 VADM Bobby Ray Inman Admiral Bobby Ray Inman, official CIA photo, 1983.JPEG USN 1977–1981 Jimmy Carter
Ronald Reagan
10 Lt Gen Lincoln Faurer 75px USAF 1981–1985 Ronald Reagan
11 LTG William Odom Major General William Odom, official military photo, 1983.JPEG USA 1985–1988 Ronald Reagan
12 VADM William Studeman Vice Admiral William Studeman (NSA), 1988.jpg USN 1988–1992 Ronald Reagan
George H. W. Bush
13 VADM John M. McConnell 75px USN 1992–1996 George H. W. Bush
Bill Clinton
14 Lt Gen Kenneth Minihan Kenneth Minihan, official military photo.jpg USAF 1996–1999 Bill Clinton
15 Lt Gen Michael Hayden 75px USAF 1999–2005 Bill Clinton
George W. Bush
16 LTG/GEN Keith B. Alexander[2] General Keith B. Alexander in service uniform.jpg USA August 1, 2005 – March 28, 2014 George W. Bush
Barack Obama
17 ADM Michael S. Rogers Admiral Michael S. Rogers, USN.jpg USN April 2, 2014 – present Barack Obama


  1. "About NSA". National Security Agency. Archived from the original on 2008-08-02. Retrieved 2008-12-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Originally a lieutenant general when he first assumed office on August 1, 2005. Alexander was promoted to general when he assumed the additional assignment as Commander, U.S. Cyber Command on May 21, 2010.

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