Paul Nakasone, formerly commander of the Army Cyber Command, has been confirmed by the Senate to serve as director of the National Security Agency and head of the U.S. Cyber Command.
Nakasone’s military rank will also change from lieutenant general to general, NSA said Tuesday.
The Hill reported that he will succeed the retiring Adm. Michael Rogers in the dual-hatted role and will be responsible for the U.S. government’s counterintelligence gathering operations.
Nakasone, a 2018 Wash100 recipient, previously served as commander of the Meade Operations Center at NSA and head of the cyber national mission force at Cybercom. He also held military intelligence roles in South Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan.
His Senate confirmation came two months after President Donald Trump nominated him for the position.