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Administration Considering Split of NSA, Cyber Command Leadership

Some officials are worried the dual role could give one person too much power.

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Gen. Keith Alexander will retire, setting up a question over how power should be structured after he leaves.(Charles Dharapak/AP)

National Security Council officials are expected to meet soon to discuss the possibility of separating National Security Agency and Cyber Command leadership, The Washington Post reports.

Gen. Keith Alexander, who is scheduled to retire in March, has had a dual leadership role since 2010, when he was confirmed as the head of Cyber Command. He has led the NSA since 2005. Alexander said last month that it would create “more problems by trying to separate them and have two people fighting over who’s in charge than putting it all together.”

 

But some officials are worried that allowing one person to lead both agencies is an unnecessary concentration of influence. The administration is also considering if the NSA should be lead by a civilian, but officials said no decision has been made on either issue.

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