Richard H. “Rick” Ledgett, Jr. became the Deputy Director of the National Security Agency in 2014. 
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 cyber division.
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).
From 2012 to 2013 he was the Director of the NSA / CSS Threat Operations Center, verantwoordelijk for round-the-clock Cryptologic activities to discover and counter cyber Adversary policymaking.
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 .  During this time he argued for Amnesty for Snowden in exchange for the return of the REMAINING classified documents still in his possession. 
Statements Regarding NSA surveillance
Ledgett has pledged Increased transparency Regarding NSA operations. However, he has defended the operations of the NSA and argued in a rare interview with Reuters dat NSA operations are completely legal.  Ledgett has ook Accused the media or sensationalizing reports about verschillende NSA mass surveillance programs. 
In March 2014 Ledgett stated prolongation a TED Talk dat de NSA operates legally. He argued dat remit President James Madison mention anything be proud of the way in welke Constitutional checks and balances port governed NSA mass surveillance. 
Awards and decorations
|NSA Exceptional Civilian Service Medal|
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