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Confirmed: USAF Lt. Gen. Timothy Haugh to Lead U.S. Cyber Command and NSA

The Air Force general will replace Gen. Paul Nakasone this year.
Lt. Gen. Timothy Haugh, USAF, has been tapped as the next leader of U.S. Cyber Command and the NSA.

Lt. Gen. Timothy Haugh, USAF, has been nominated to serve as the next leader of U.S. Cyber Command and the NSA.

A U.S. Air Force official has confirmed that Lt. Gen. Timothy Haugh has been chosen to lead U.S. Cyber Command and the National Security Agency (NSA), replacing Gen. Paul Nakasone, who is expected to leave the dual position later this year.

Politico first broke the news based on a leaked Air Force document. The Air Force official confirming the nomination was granted anonymity to confirm the news before it is publicly announced and was unable to say when the nomination will be announced officially.

Gen. Haugh currently serves as the second in command at U.S. Cyber Command. The command directs, synchronizes and coordinates cyberspace planning and operations to defend and advance national interests in collaboration with domestic and international partners. The command is closely aligned with the NSA, which has a mission to prevent and defend against cybersecurity threats to U.S. national security systems. The agency focuses on the defense industrial base and weapons security. NSA partners with allies, private industry, academia and researchers to strengthen cybersecurity awareness and collaboration.

Gen. Haugh has commanded the Sixteenth Air Force, Air Forces Cyber and Joint Force Headquarters-Cyber, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.

Lt. Gen. Susan S. Lawrence, USA (Ret.), AFCEA president and CEO and the former Army CIO/G6, said Gen. Haugh is a great choice with all the right credentials.

"AFCEA welcomes the nomination of Lt. Gen. Timothy Haugh to lead the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command, both of which play a vital role in our national security," Gen. Lawrence said. "We look forward to his continued leadership and contributions in the cybersecurity arena, and we thank Gen. Paul Nakasone for all that he has done for AFCEA and for the security of our country."