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Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone Nominated to Lead NSA, Cybercom

Paul Nakasone

Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone, head of the Army Cyber Command, has been nominated by President Donald Trump to serve as head of the National Security Agency and the U.S. Cyber Command, Politico reported Tuesday.

Rob Joyce, White House cybersecurity coordinator and Trump’s cyber adviser, announced Nakasone’s nomination in a Twitter post Tuesday.

Nakasone will succeed NSA and Cybercom chief Adm. Michael Rogers, who announced plans to retire by spring of 2018, once confirmed by the Senate.

Since October 2016, Nakasone has been commanding chief of Army Cybercom and head of the Joint Task Force Ares unit that offers cyber support to the military against the Islamic State militant organization.

He previously led the cyber national mission force at U.S. Cybercom.

He was named twice to the Joint Chiefs of Staff as a staff officer and held senior intelligence roles at the battalion, corps and division levels.

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