Last week, Admiral Michael Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, said that a "nation state" very purposefully meddled in the U.S. election, referring to Russian involvement.
The intelligence community also learned last week that President Elect Trump is considering plans to dismantle the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
General Michael Hayden, former Director of the NSA between 1999 and 2005, and the CIA between 2006-2009, discusses how the intelligence community is responding to Russian meddling and preparing for a Trump presidency. Last week, Hayden said that the intelligence community needs to "man up" when dealing with Trump.
Hayden also ponders the next National Security Advisor, offering this insight: "Mike [Flynn] has a lot of ideas, but unless you're hiring a Kissinger, a Brzezinski, or a Scrowroft to be a National Security Advisor, what you really want in the job is a process guy...a guy who makes sure all the parts of the government have a chance to express their views before the president makes a decision."
He adds, "We've already talked about Mike Flynn becoming the National Security Advisor. Now Mike Rogers is talked about as being the potential Director of National Intelligence. Here are two officers - one who left, and one who might leave the intelligence community of this administration under unhappy circumstances - being selected by the follow-on administration for key leadership roles. What that tells me is that the hyper partisanship in Washington now has bled over into the American intelligence and security community and that can't be good news."