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Cyber Brief: Lieutenant-General Paul M. Nakasone - nominee to lead NSA and Cyber Command

Published: Mar 14, 2018

Edited by Maichael Martelle

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.