Paul Miki Nakasone (born November 19, 1963)[1][2] is a four-star general in the United States Army who currently serves as the Commander of United States Cyber Command. He concurrently serves as the Director of the National Security Agency[3][4] and as Chief of the Central Security Service. Previously, he served as the Commander of the United States Army Cyber Command.[5][6] Nakasone took command of the United States Second Army and Cyber Command in October 2016,[6] until the Second Army's inactivation in March 2017.[7] In May 2018, he became head of the National Security Agency, the Central Security Service, and the United States Cyber Command.[8]

Paul M. Nakasone
General Paul M. Nakasone (NSA).jpg
3rd Commander of United States Cyber Command
Assumed office
May 4, 2018
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byMike Rogers
18th Director of the National Security Agency
Assumed office
May 4, 2018
PresidentDonald Trump
DeputyGeorge Barnes
Preceded byMichael S. Rogers
Personal details
Born (1963-11-19) November 19, 1963 (age 56)
St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
EducationSaint John's University (BA)
University of Southern California (MA)
National Intelligence University (MA)
United States Army War College (MA)
Military service
AllegianceUnited States
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
Years of service1986–present
RankGeneral
CommandsUnited States Army Cyber Command
Second United States Army
Director of Intelligence, J2
International Security Assistance Force
Battles/warsWar in Afghanistan
Iraq War
AwardsArmy Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Defense Superior Service Medal (4)
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal

Early life and educationEdit

Nakasone was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, the son of Edwin M. Nakasone, a retired United States Army Colonel who served in the Military Intelligence Service during World War II, and Mary Anne Nakasone (née Costello).[1][2][9][10] Nakasone's father is a second-generation Japanese American.[11] Nakasone grew up in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, and attended White Bear High School.[5][12][13] He is married and has four children.[1][5]

Nakasone attended St. John's University, where he received a commission in 1986 through the Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps program.[1][12] Nakasone also attended the University of Southern California, the National Defense Intelligence College, and the United States Army War College, earning a Master's degree from each institution.[1][5][12][14] He also is a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College.[6]

Military careerEdit

 
Nakasone casing the Second Army's colors in 2017 at its inactivation ceremony

Nakasone has commanded at the company, battalion, and brigade levels.[5] He also served in foreign assignments in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Korea and has served as a senior intelligence officer at the battalion, division, and corps levels.[5] Nakasone served on the Joint Chiefs of Staff as Deputy Director for Trans-Regional Policy in 2012 when he was promoted to the rank of brigadier general and previously served as a staff officer for General Keith B. Alexander.[1][15]

Prior to promotion to lieutenant general in 2016, Nakasone was the Deputy Commanding General of United States Cyber Command and later commander of the Cyber National Mission Force at Cyber Command.[5][6][16][17][18] Nakasone has twice served as a staff officer for the Joint Chiefs of Staff and was the Director of Intelligence, J2, for the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.[5] On October 14, 2016, he took command of the United States Second Army and United States Army Cyber Command.[5][6] Nakasone was also given control of United States Cyber Command's Joint Task Force-ARES, a task-force designed to coordinate electronic counter-terrorist activities against the Islamic State.[6][19] He served as commander of the Second Army until it was inactivated for the fourth time in its history on March 31, 2017 and continued to serve as commander of United States Army Cyber Command until his appointment as NSA Director.[7]

In January 2018, it was reported that Nakasone was on the list of potential replacements for outgoing NSA Director Michael S. Rogers.[20] In February 2018, he was nominated for promotion to general.[21]

In April 2018, Nakasone was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate as Director of the National Security Agency and head of the United States Cyber Command.[22] He was also promoted to the rank of general.

Awards and decorationsEdit

  Combat Action Badge
  National Security Agency Badge
  United States Cyber Command Badge
  Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
  V Corps badge worn as his Combat Service Identification Badge
  Army Military Intelligence Corps Distinctive Unit Insignia
  4 Overseas Service Bars
Army Distinguished Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster
     Defense Superior Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
  Legion of Merit
  Bronze Star Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
      Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
  Army Commendation Medal
Joint Service Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
      Army Achievement Medal with four oak leaf clusters
  Joint Meritorious Unit Award
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star
  Afghanistan Campaign Medal
  Iraq Campaign Medal
  Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
  Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  Korea Defense Service Medal
  Army Service Ribbon
   Army Overseas Service Ribbon with bronze award numeral 5
  NATO Medal for service with ISAF

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f Kuroda, Janelle (February 10, 2012). "Japanese American Promoted To Rank Of Brigadier General, Continuing Family Legacy Of Service". Japanese American Veterans Association. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Person Details for Paul Miki Nakasone, "Minnesota Birth Index, 1935–2002"". FamilySearch.org. Retrieved June 7, 2017.
  3. ^ Nakashima, Ellen (24 April 2018). "Senate confirms Paul Nakasone to lead the NSA, U.S. Cyber Command".
  4. ^ "Senate Confirms Nakasone to Head NSA, Cyber Command". 24 April 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Lt. Gen. Paul M. Nakasone Commanding General, U.S. Army Cyber Command" (PDF). US Army Cyber Command. October 6, 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-01-25. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Army Cyber welcomes new commander". United States Army. October 14, 2016. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  7. ^ a b Todd Lopez, C. (April 3, 2017). "Second Army cases colors for fourth time". United States Army. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  8. ^ U.S. Cyber Command Change of Command/Command Elevation Ceremony
  9. ^ "Army general (and White Bear grad) leads cyber command". White Bear Press. November 2, 2016. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  10. ^ "Paul Nakasone Promoted to Major General as Commander of Cyber Mission Force". Rafu Shimpo. June 16, 2015. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  11. ^ "Son of WWII nisei receives promotion at Pentagon". Honolulu Star Advertiser. April 27, 2013.
  12. ^ a b c "White Bear native earns elite military post". White Bear Press. March 6, 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  13. ^ "Army to promote son of Hawaii-born WWII vet". Stars and Stripes. September 17, 2016. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  14. ^ "USAWC in the news March 27". United States Army. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  15. ^ Kimball, Joe (June 7, 2011). "White Bear native Col. Paul Nakasone awaiting Senate confirmation as Army general". Minneapolis Post. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  16. ^ Killeen, Mike (December 11, 2015). "Cyberspace watchdog – SJU graduate heads up important military command". Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  17. ^ "PN1618 – Nomination of Maj. Gen. Paul M. Nakasone for Army, 114th Congress (2015–2016)". United States Congress. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  18. ^ "Nakasone Assigned to Cyber National Mission Force". Signal Magazine. June 19, 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  19. ^ Hoffman, Mary-Louise (October 19, 2016). "Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone Takes Charge of Army Cyber Command". ExecutiveGov. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  20. ^ Martin Matishak; Cory Bennet (January 5, 2018). "NSA's Rogers to retire this spring". Politico.
  21. ^ "PN1594 – Nomination of Lt. Gen. Paul M. Nakasone for Army, 115th Congress (2017–2018)". United States Congress. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  22. ^ Martin Matishak (April 24, 2018). "Senate confirms Trump's pick for NSA, Cyber Command". Politico.

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Preceded by
Edward C. Cardon
Commanding General of the United States Army Cyber Command
2016–2018
Succeeded by
Stephen G. Fogarty
Commanding General of the Second United States Army
2016–2017
Command inactivated
Preceded by
Michael S. Rogers
Commander of United States Cyber Command
2018–present
Incumbent
Government offices
Preceded by
Michael S. Rogers
Director, National Security Agency
2018–present
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