The Opportunities—and Obstacles—for Women in U.S. Intelligence

The National Security Agency campus on March 13, 2015, in Fort Meade, Maryland.Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images file
April 14, 2021

Working in cybersecurity within the United States intelligence community means navigating a warren of male-dominated fields. Inequalities persist, but three senior-level women at the National Security Agency and Cyber Command offer insights in an interview in Wired magazine into how those organizations have evolved—and the hard work that remains to be done.

NSA and Cyber Command agents are by necessity tight-lipped about the substance of their day-to-day work and specific accomplishments. But in talking about their experiences as women in majority-male fields they could be more candid, providing a rare window into their daily lives working on US intelligence analysis and international hacking operations.

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