High-profile U.S. government personnel changes are dominating the news this week. Possibly slipping under the radar for many is the pivotal, pending nomination of Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone to head the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command, a post that will put him at the center of several hot-button national security – and political – controversies. Beyond the Russia hacking conundrum, the new NSA director will have to confront fundamental questions about the nature and direction of U.S. cyber strategy. The following sources trace the background and broad outlook Lt. Gen. Nakasone will bring to the job (assuming he’s confirmed), as well as his particular views on the role of cyber in future military conflict. His most recent testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee (March 1, 2018) is included. His next congressional appearance in the confirmation process is set for March 14, 2018.
This document is a transcript of an event hosted by CSIS featuring Lt.-Gen James K. McLaughlin, Deputy Commander of CYBERCOM; Aaron Hughes, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy; Man.-Gen Paul M. Nakasone, Commander of the Cyber National Mission Force for CYBERCOM; Dr. Paul Stockton, Managing Director of Sonecon LLC and Senior Non-Resident Adviser at CSIS; Harvey Rishikof, Senior Counsel at Crowell & Moring LLP; John Hamry, President and CEO of CSIS; and Dr. James A. Lewis, Director and Senior Fellow of the CSIS Strategic Technologies Program.
This document is the official biography of Lieutenant General Paul M. Nakasone as of his assignment to lead US Army Cyber Command in October of 2016.
This article explores the role of cyber within the context of multi-domain combat and emphasizes networks as a tool for synchronizing operations across domains while stressing the necessity to prevent networks in cyberspace from becoming critical vulnerabilities.
In this testimony Lt.-Gen Nakasone gives an update on the US Army's progress in operationalizing cyberspace. He describes the integration of electronic warfare and cyber warfare to create CEMA teams, the creation of active and reserve Cyber Mission Force teams, training efforts at the US Army Cyber Center of Excellence (CyberCoE), the building of a new Army Cyber Headquarters facility in Fort Gordon, Georgia, and partnerships designed to leverage emerging technologies.
In this keynote address Lt.-Gen. Nakasone speaks on the implications of the Multi-Domain Battle concept on Army cyber and electronic warfare capabilities.
In this keynote address Lt.-Gen. Nakasone speaks on factors influencing the future of conflict in cyberspace.
This document is a complete transcript of Lt.-Gen. Paul M. Nakasone's confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee on his nomination to be Commander of USCYBERCOM and Director of the NSA.