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Nominee to lead CYBERCOM advances to full Senate

By Tony Bertuca  
March 6, 2018 at 2:20 PM

The nomination of Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone to be chief of U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency is headed to the full Senate for a confirmation vote, according to a statement from the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Also advancing is the nomination of Brent Park to be deputy administrator for defense nuclear nonproliferation at the National Nuclear Security Administration.

If confirmed, Nakasone will succeed Adm. Mike Rogers.

During his March 1 confirmation hearing, Nakasone said cyber vulnerabilities among U.S. defense contractors pose a top threat to U.S. national security and require a new, "comprehensive" approach.

"As military defenses are relatively formidable, critical infrastructure and the defense industrial base and private sector are likely seen as a rich source of information and a critical vulnerability in the nation’s armor," he said in written testimony provided to the committee.