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Luik met with the Commander of US Cyber Command and the Director of the NSA
Minister of Defence Jüri Luik met with Admiral Michael Rogers, Director of the National Security Agency (NSA), and Commander of the U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM)
Minister of Defence Jüri Luik met with Admiral Michael Rogers, Director of the National Security Agency (NSA), and Commander of the U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM), in order to discuss cyber defence related cooperation and questions relating to the Allied presence in Estonia. The Minister of Defence also presented Admiral Rogers with the Cross of Merit of the Estonian Ministry of Defence, 1st class.
‘The importance of cyber defence has increased dramatically in the past few years in the protection of civilian infrastructure, military operations as well as democratic processes. Estonia's cooperation with the United States in the given field has also continued to grow closer', said Luik, who also noted that Admiral Rogers has played a key role in adding additional dimensions to the contacts and practical cooperation between the two countries.
Cyber defence specialists from Estonia and the United States participate in joint exercises and information is regularly exchanged between the two countries. In addition to meeting with the Minister of Defence, Admiral Rogers also met with Estonian cyber and information technology specialists and Colonel Kaupo Rosin, Commander of the Military Intelligence Centre of the Estonian Defence Forces.
In addition to serving as the Commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, Admiral Rogers is also Director of the National Security Agency/Central Security Service, located at Fort Meade, Maryland, and is responsible for carrying out information technology operations in defence of the United States and its allies, within the area of administration of the United States Department of Defense. He has been in office since April 2014.
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