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Trump has chosen nominee to lead NSA, US Cyber Command

Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone, commanding general of U.S. Army Cyber Command, presides at a transfer of authority ceremony at Fort Meade, Md., Aug. 15.

STEVEN STOVER/DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: February 14, 2018

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has picked U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone to be the next director of the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command.

Trump's cyber adviser, Rob Joyce, announced the president's pick in a tweet late Tuesday, praising Nakasone for having a strong background in cyber issues. If confirmed by the Senate, Nakasone would take on one of the nation's top intelligence posts. He currently heads the U.S. Army Cyber Command.

The NSA has suffered setbacks in recent years from leaks of classified material and U.S. offensive hacking tools. There also is a move to try to split the dual-hat position into two — with one person leading the cyber command and another running the NSA.

The current director, Mike Rogers, has announced his plans to retire in the spring.

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