Low morale at the National Security Agency is causing some of the agency’s most talented people to leave in favor of private sector jobs, former NSA Director Keith Alexander told a room full of journalism students, professors and cybersecurity executives Tuesday. The retired general and other insiders say a combination of economic and social factors — including negative press coverage — have played a part.Note that General Alexander left NSA a couple years back, charging a cool $1M a month for his (no doubt valuable) consulting services. Perhaps Alexander is just jealous that they're doing it younger than he did.
“I do hear that people are increasingly leaving in large numbers and it is a combination of things that start with [morale] and there’s now much more money on the outside,” Alexander said. “I am honestly surprised that some of these people in cyber companies make up to seven figures. That’s five times what the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff makes. Right? And these are people that are 32 years old.”
I remember my days there. We had absolutely no doubt that we were the Good Guys, and that we were protecting the American people. Of course, that was long before the Agency went feral.