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NSA chief may lose US Cyber Command role
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Tue, 5 Nov 2013 06:57:56 +0000 (UTC)


By Desiree Everts DeNunzio
November 4, 2013

Folks in the Pentagon appear to be rethinking the idea that one person should be in charge of both the NSA and the United States' cyberoperations.

Top military officials are considering separating the role of National Security Agency director and the head of Cyber Command, a former high-ranking administration official on Monday told The Hill.

Gen. Keith Alexander was tapped to become head of America's national spying agency in 2005, and took up the additional role of the head of Cyber Command five years later. The mission of Cyber Command is essentially to synchronize the Defense Department's various networks and cyberspace operations to better defend them against the onslaught of cyberattacks.

Alexander, and his civilian deputy, John "Chris" Inglis, are expected to resign from their positions in the coming months. Alexander is pushing to keep the two positions united and believes that splitting them up would result in two agencies battling over resources and command decisions, according to The Hill.


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