Speaking at a cybersecurity conference in New York where the heads of the FBI and CIA were present, Alexander revealed that he would love it if he could replace the vast majority of his employees and contractors with machines. According to a report from Reuters, Alexander was quoted as saying, “What we’re in the process of doing – not fast enough – is reducing our system administrators by about 90 percent […] What we’ve done is put people in the loop of transferring data, securing networks and doing things that machines are probably better at doing,”
In another quote reportedly made by Alexander, “We trust people with data. At the end of the day it’s all about trust. And people who have access to data as part of their missions, if they misuse that trust they can cause huge damage,” making it no secret that this is part of a move that will help prevent leaks or whistleblowing akin to what Edward Snowden has done in the future.