The Washington Post reports that the National Security Agency is losing top talent at a “worrisome rate.” U.S. officials with knowledge of the matter report that the exodus stems from disappointment with recent restructuring, disillusionment with leadership, and noncompetitive pay. Ellison Anne Williams, former researcher at the NSA, said, “The agency is losing an amazing amount of its strongest technical talent, and to lose your best and brightest staff is a huge hit.” While the NSA does not disclose job vacancies, those close to the matter say the agency has lost “several hundred hackers, engineers and data scientists” since 2015, calling it's impact "significant" on national security. With NSA Director Michael Rogers planning to retire in the spring, it is unclear who will be nominated to succeed him. Daniel Ennis, a 33-year veteran of the NSA, who retired in 2015, said, the “NSA always recovers.” (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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