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Profile: Gen. Keith Alexander, NSA and Cybercom Lead

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Gen. Keith Alexander

Army Gen. Keith Alexander serves as director of the National Security Agency and commander of U.S. Cyber Command, having led NSA since August 2005 and Cybercom since May 2010.

At NSA, the 38-year Army veteran leads that agency’s national foreign intelligence, combat support and U.S. national security information system activities.

At Cybercom, a component of Strategic Command, he is responsible for planning, coordinating and conducting operations and defense of the Defense Department’s computer networks.

Some of his previous assignments include service as deputy chief of staff at the Department of the Army; commanding general of the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command; director of intelligence at Central Command; and deputy director for requirements, capabilities, assessments and doctrine for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Alexander has held command assignments in Germany and the U.S. including commander of the Border Field Office, 511th MI Battalion, 66th MI Group; 336th Army Security Agency Company, 525th MI Group; 204th MI Battalion; and 525th MI Brigade.

He has also served as deputy director and operations officer of the Army Intelligence Master Plan for the deputy chief of staff for Intelligence; S-3 and Executive Officer for the 522nd MI Battalion, 2nd Armored Division; G-2 for the 1st Armored Division both in Germany and Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia.

Alexander holds a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Military Academy, an M.B.A. from Boston University, and both a master’s in systems technology-electronic warfare and a master’s in physics from the Naval Postgraduate School. He also holds a master’s in national security strategy from the National Defense University.

He has also attended Armor Officer Basic Course, the Military Intelligence Officer Advanced Course, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the National War College.

Badges he has received include the Senior Parachutist Badge, the Army Staff Identification Badge and the Joint Chief of Staff Identification Badge.


Some recent coverage of Gen. Alexander:

Keith Alexander Sketches Out Agency Cyber Roles, Responsibilities at Symantec Forum

Keith Alexander: Update Cyber Laws to Improve US Posture

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