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“One of the things I’ll be emphasizing in this meeting is the fact that we are not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help that they need.”

“I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone, and I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward in helping to make sure our kids are getting the best education possible, making sure that our businesses are getting the kind of support and help they need to grow and advance, to make sure that people are getting the skills that they need to get those jobs that our businesses are creating.”

“And I’ve got a phone that allows me to convene Americans from every walk of life — nonprofits, businesses, the private sector, universities — to try to bring more and more Americans together around what I think is a unifying theme, making sure that this is a country where if you work hard, you can make it.”

~President Barack Obama, January 27, 2014

National Security This January 31, 2012 US Navy handout image shows Vice Adm. Michael S. Rogers, commander of US Fleet Cyber Command and U.S.10th Fleet, speaking to students and staff at the Center for Information Dominance, Unit Monterey, California, during an all-hands call. US President Barack Obama is expected to name a US Navy admiral as the next head of the embattled National Security Agency, the Washington Post reported on January 27, 2014. If confirmed by lawmakers, Vice Admiral Michael Rogers, 53, would take over at a difficult moment for the spy agency, which is under unprecedented scrutiny after leaks from ex-intelligence contractor Edward Snowden revealed the extent of NSA eavesdropping. AFP PHOTO / HO / MC1 Nathan L. Guimont            == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE / MANDATORY CREDIT: "AFP PHOTO / US NAVY / MC1 Nathan L. Guimont / NO SALES / NO MARKETING / NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS / DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ==MC1 Nate Guimont/AFP/Getty Images ** OUTS - ELSENT, FPG, TCN - OUTS * NM, PH, VA if sourced by CT, LA or MoD **
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Obama decided last month not to split the leadership of the NSA and Cyber Command, as some senior intelligence officials had advocated. He also decided not to end the NSA tradition of naming a uniformed officer, rather than a civilian, as director.

Navy cryptologist Michael S. Rogers is President Obama’s top choice to take over the embattled National Security Agency — which conducts electronic surveillance operations worldwide — and the Pentagon’s cyber warfare command, officials say.

Rogers’ experience includes 30 years in the Navy, where he rose to vice admiral and managed the intelligence portfolio for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Currently, he runs the Navy’s cyber warfare arm.

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