Glenn S. Gerstell was sworn in today as the General Counsel of the National Security Agency (NSA) in a ceremony at the agency's Fort Meade headquarters.
Gerstell is a leading legal expert in technology and cybersecurity matters. He practiced for nearly 40 years at the international law firm of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, where he served for 18 years as the managing partner of Milbank's Washington, D.C., office. He previously led the firm's Singapore and Hong Kong offices.
Gerstell has a strong background in homeland security issues and a record of public service. He recently served on the D.C. Homeland Security Commission, was appointed by President Obama as a member of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council, is a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and was an elected member of the American Academy of Diplomacy. Additionally, he served as an adjunct law professor at the Georgetown University School of Law and New York Law School.
"Glenn is a gifted lawyer," said ADM Michael S. Rogers, Director, NSA/Chief, Central Security Service. "His extensive background in managing a global law firm and the breadth of his international experience will provide a fresh perspective that will serve to benefit our mission."
Gerstell said he was extremely grateful for the opportunity. "Given my lifelong interest in homeland security and international matters, it is an honor to be able to assist NSA in a mission that is now more vital than ever."