13 March 2014
NSA Richard Ledgett Eyeball
Richard Ledgett may have been based in Hawaii at the time Edward Snowden
was there, or had a house there to investigate Snowden.
Biography - Deputy Director, National Security Agency
Mr. Richard H. Ledgett, Jr.
Mr. Richard (Rick) Ledgett serves as the Deputy Director and senior civilian
leader of the National Security Agency. In this capacity he acts as the
Agencys chief operating officer, responsible for guiding and directing
studies, operations and policy.
He led the NSA Media Leaks Task Force from June 2013 to January 2014, and
was responsible for integrating and overseeing the totality of NSAs
efforts surrounding the unauthorized disclosures of classified information
by a former NSA affiliate.
Mr. Ledgett began his NSA career in 1988 and has served in operational,
management, and technical leadership positions at the branch, division, office,
and group levels. 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. Prior to NTOC he served
in several positions from 2010 to 2012 in the Office of the Director of National
Intelligence in both the collection and cyber mission areas. He was the first
National Intelligence Manager for Cyber, serving as principal advisor to
the Director of National Intelligence on all cyber matters, leading development
of the Unified Intelligence Strategy for Cyber, and coordinating cyber activities
across the Intelligence Community (IC). Previous positions at NSA include
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). He also served in a
joint IC operational activity, and as an instructor and course developer
at the National Cryptologic School. Mr. Ledgett spent nearly 11 years in
the U.S. Army as a SIGINTer and, between the Army and NSA, has completed
six field tours.
Mr. Ledgett has an undergraduate degree in psychology and a graduate degree
in strategic intelligence. He has taken additional graduate coursework in
engineering, computer science, and business, and served as adjunct faculty
at both the National Cryptologic School and the Joint Military Intelligence
His civilian awards include both the Distinguished and Meritorious Executive
Presidential Rank Awards, the NSA Exceptional Civilian Service and Meritorious
Civilian Service Awards, and the National Intelligence Superior Service Medal.
Mr. Ledgett is married with three children and three beagles. His hobbies
include home improvement, motorcycle riding, and bad golf.