Federal 100: Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander

Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander
National Security Agency

Alexander has consolidated the cyber mission planning and execution commands that support all 10 combatant commanders, and he helped oversee the development of a comprehensive, integrated and joint specialized cyber technical training course at Naval Air Station Pensacola. In addition, he has been nominated to lead the Defense Department's new Cyber Command.

“While many of [Alexander’s] accomplishments are things that you might never hear about because of the sensitive nature of the work that NSA does, he has significantly shaped the national security landscape and dramatically improved the security of DOD networks and the protection of our people, information and information systems,” said David Wennergren, deputy assistant secretary of Defense for information management and technology and DOD's deputy chief information officer.

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Reader comments

Sat, Jun 25, 2011 Geoff Nicoletti Pennsylvania

General Alexander should note that the ARPANET was to save us when phone lines go down (circa 1969) and we now need an "ARPANET" to protect us when the Internet goes down. That CENCOM was hacked is absurd...why would any Defense Department critical site be ports for the Internet? What idiot designed that? Further, attacks to physically destroy computers (not bits and bytes)that operate grids and nuclear sites can be more dangerous than manipulating the grids and the nukes and Shimonuro has shown you can destroy a computer from a distance sitting inside a track or register. I told Secret Service several years back to build all key sites on military bases and I gave specs. In "Wargames" and in "Enemy of the State" NORAD and NSA are breached...impossible! No military site would be a port through which damn hackers could manipulate and destroy generators by shutting off fans. What? They are ports! The first idea in this email is the critical one with a voltage architecture that hackers can't alter to and, therefore, can't get on the new ARPANET that operates if ever the Internet goes down. Bingo! Put this in Alexander's hands.

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