“The director of the U.S. National Security Agency and his deputy are expected to depart in the coming months … eight-year tenure … the agency became the focus of controversy this year when Snowden leaked to the media tens of thousands of highly classified documents from the NSA and its British eavesdropping partner … Many NSA veterans argue that having the same person lead the spy agency and Cyber Command diminishes the emphasis on the NSA’s work and its unique capabilities”
Well, a normal turnover, is probably healthier than eight-year tenure, maybe too long in a position where heat is going to happen. OTOH international sources are trying to sell this as a “military failure” but they fail to notice that both the manning case derived from “political” choices which caused much less screenings into enrollment, “and” that the snowden case is also another HR failure, with the added liability of opening delicate sectors to wall street corrupted contractors. Also, one interesting press source abroad was asking in an article, who was the fool providing security clearances to those two (manning and snowden.)
The tentative conclusion appears more likely to indicate that anybody without at the least ten years of Active Duty on his resume, should not be any close to agencies of that level. OTOH compartmentalization is never a bad idea, as we know from significant history, maybe the agencies could be separated enough to avoid spillage of information not strictly necessary for the mission of each.