|Former CIA and NSA Director Michael Hayden|
During the Cold War, the National Security Agency helped to create the Internet and pioneer the computer industry.
"We were America's Information Age enterprise during America's Industrial Age," Michael Hayden, retired general and former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency told The Atlantic recently. "We had the habit of saying if we need it, we're going to build it."
By 9/11, however, things had changed. "In the outside world there was a technological explosion in the two universes that had been at the birth of the agency almost uniquely ours: telecommunications and computers," Hayden said.
As a result, NSA turned to Silicon Valley and private defense contractors to attract the best and brightest scientific minds. Read more
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