Alexander nominated for NSA directorship

President Bush has nominated Army Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander to be director of the National Security Agency and chief of the Central Security Service. The Senate still must vote on his confirmation.

NSA, based at Fort Meade, Md., directs, coordinates and executes specialized activities to protect government information systems and produce foreign signals intelligence.

Alexander has been serving as deputy chief of staff/G-2 in the Army, the service's top intelligence position, since July 2003.

If confirmed, he will replace Lt. Gen. Michael Hayden, who left NSA in May to take the position of deputy director of national intelligence.

A West Point graduate, Alexander previously served as director of intelligence for U.S. Central Command and deputy director for requirements, capabilities, assessments and doctrine for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He has an MBA from Boston University and master's degrees in systems technology and physics from the Naval Post Graduate School. He also has a master's degree in national security strategy from the National Defense University.

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