For those debating whether these people are going to be fired or laid off or reduced what does it matter?
Of course no where does the story mention how many will be reduced from the main contractor Booz Allen that Snowden worked for.............
"NSA Director Keith Alexander has decided that the best way to prevent illegal data leaks is to reduce the number of ears and eyes involved.
What we're in the process of doing - not fast enough - is reducing our system administrators by about 90 percent," he said.
The remarks came as the agency is facing scrutiny after Snowden, who had been one of about 1,000 system administrators who help run the agency's networks, leaked classified details about surveillance programs to the press.
Before the change, "what we've done is we've put people in the loop of transferring data, securing networks and doing things that machines are probably better at doing," Alexander said.
Using technology to automate much of the work now done by employees and contractors would make the NSA's networks "more defensible and more secure," as well as faster, he said at the conference, in which he did not mention Snowden by name.
NSA to cut system administrators by 90 percent to limit data access | Reuters
NSA Chief General Keith Alexander Lies to Congress
General Keith Alexander is NSA director. He’s US Cyber Command head. He’s in charge of lawlessly spying. He directs illegal hacking
He does both globally. He’s a serial lawbreaker. He violates fundamental constitutional law. He testified before Congress. More on that below.
Edward Joseph Snowden revealed what vital to know. He exposed unconstitutional spying. He said more. He accused NSA of lawless hacking. He knows. He was there. He revealed what he saw firsthand.
NSA Chief General Keith Alexander Lies to Congress | Global Research