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Gen. Paul Nakasone Talks US Cyber Command’s Priorities at Congressional Hearings

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Gen. Paul Nakasone, head of U.S. Cyber Command and a 2022 Wash100 Award recipient, on Tuesday appeared before House and Senate lawmakers to discuss five priorities that will help USCYBERCOM improve its capabilities to counter cybersecurity threats and other national security challenges.

Nakasone, who also serves as director of the National Security Agency, said those priorities are readiness; operations in defense of the nation; integrated deterrence; recruiting, retention and training; and Joint Cyber Warfighting Architecture and enhanced budget control.

For integrated deterrence, he said advancing that priority “means preparing for crisis and conflict while campaigning in competition across the full spectrum of cyber operations” and “building the strategic partnerships that enable the defense of U.S. systems and networks” beyond the defense industrial base and the Department of Defense Information Network.

Nakasone told congressional members how the command supported Ukraine, NATO allies and other mission partners to defend networks against potential vulnerabilities in light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

He also talked about the strategic challenges posed by China, North Korea and Iran in cyberspace.