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Michael Hayden: NSA, Cybercom Should Split Leadership

Michael Hayden, a principal at advisory firm The Chertoff Group, has said the National Security Agency and the U.S. Cyber Command should split their shared leadership following Cybercom’s elevation to a full combatant command, Federal News Radio reported Tuesday.

The former NSA head added that the current leadership structure overburdens NSA and prevents Cybercom from “getting up to actual speed.”

NSA and Cybercom Chief Adm. Michael Rogers told audience at the Air Force Association Conference that the leadership issue is being addressed in an ongoing process.

President Donald Trump issued an executive order in August to transition Cybercom from a sub-command of the U.S. Strategic Command to a unified combatant command.

The order also mandates the defense secretary to make recommendations on the leadership setup of NSA and Cybercom.

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