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Chicago native is expected to take over National Security Agency

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Vice Adm. Mike Rogers, a former intelligence director and currently the head of the Navy's Cyber Command, is the apparent choice to be the next chief of the National Security Agency. It is likely that Rogers will be nominated to replace Army Gen. Keith Alexander, as well nominated to take over U.S. Cyber Command.

It is not clear when the official announcement will be made, but officials said President Barack Obama met with Rogers last week to discuss the nomination. While Obama can appoint an NSA director, Rogers would need confirmation by the Senate in order to take over Cyber Command.

Rogers is likely to face a heated confirmation hearing, as lawmakers deal with the agency's recent frustrations. The NSA has experienced troubling times with the disclosures former analyst Edward Snowden made about the agency's secret surveillance programs that collect phone and Internet data around the world.

Rogers is a Chicago native and graduate of Auburn University in Alabama, he received his commission through the Navy ROTC there and began as a surface warfare officer. He then switched to cryptology.

He is a graduate of the National War College and the Naval War College. Rogers holds a Master of Science in national security strategy.