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Alexander to leave NSA, cyber posts

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Gen. Keith Alexander, head of the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command, is expected to retire by April 2014, according to U.S. officials cited in a Reuters report. Alexander's deputy John "Chris" Inglis is also expected to leave by the end of this year.

The news comes amid a continuing drumbeat of stories about electronic spying and data collection programs carried out by the NSA, with the cooperation from leading Internet and telecommunications companies, as revealed in documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

Alexander continues to defend NSA data collection, including bulk collection of metadata on domestic phone calls. "It's in the nation's best interest to put the phone data into a repository that the American public knows what we're doing with," Alexander said at a recent cybersecurity event covered by FCW. "I'm open for transparency. I'm open for where we put the data. ... How do we ensure that the American people know what we're doing is exactly right without letting the terrorists know how to circumvent it? That's the real issue."

During his term as head of Cyber Command, Alexander has called on Congress to pass legislation to allow for real-time information sharing between government and private-sector operators of critical infrastructure. The threat of cyberattack, Alexander told a Senate committee in March, is "getting worse."

Alexander has been NSA chief for eight years. His departure would give President Barack Obama an opportunity to select a candidate to lead the spy agency, and possibly to separate the roles of NSA head and leader of Cyber Command.

Vice Adm. Mike Rogers, who heads the 10th Fleet and the U.S. Fleet Cyber Command, is a potential successor to replace Alexander, according to the Reuters report.

Posted by Adam Mazmanian on Oct 16, 2013 at 1:23 PM


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Reader comments

Thu, Oct 17, 2013

FCW's use of the term RESIGN is incorrect and implies departure under other than honorable conditions. Gen Alexander will RETIRE after 8 years as NSA Director and CYBERCOM's first commander. He's had tremendous influence and power in national security and shaping the dawn of the cyber era and will be leaving big shoes to fill.

Thu, Oct 17, 2013

Not really much of a scoop; on 26 May 13, a Reuters article "Four-Star General in Eye of U.S. Cyber Storm" reported: "Heading for retirement. Alexander, who told Reuters he plans to retire in the first half of 2014, has presided over one of the busiest times in the NSA's 61-year history.... " Sounds like FCW Insider is reporting Old News! On this one FCW must have been an Outsider.

Wed, Oct 16, 2013

Separate Cyber Command and NSA they have conflicting missions

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