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NSA shakeup: Spy chief, deputies eye the doors

National Security Agency Director Gen. Keith Alexander gestures during a Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 in Washington. U.S. intelligence officials say the government shutdown is seriously damaging the intelligence community’s ability to guard against threats. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci) NSA’s director, Gen. Keith Alexander, is retiring. (Evan Vucci/AP)

As if the National Security Agency and the U.S. Cyber Command weren’t already in enough turmoil (perhaps you’ve heard of that Edward Snowden guy?), things are expected to get even more unstable around Snoop Central.

Gen. Keith Alexander, the director of the NSA and U.S. Cyber Command, on Thursday made public his decision to leave the agency in March, a move our colleague Ellen Nakashima reported on this month. Alexander’s the longest-serving head of the NSA, having had his tenure extended three times.

But he’s hardly the only one making for the exits at Fort Meade.

His deputies are close behind him: We’re told that deputy NSA director Chris Inglis will retire in mid-January. And Lt. Gen. Jon Davis,  deputy commander of U.S. Cyber Command, is expected to depart, too, probably in June, after he completes his two-year assignment.

Somebody get out the “Help Wanted” sign.

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.

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