McConnell on NSA Director's Retirement

News | October 20, 2013

Bruce McConnell, EWI's Senior Vice President and former Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security, comments on NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander's recent announcement to step down from his position in March 2014. 

McConnell says that though Alexander was a "grounding-breaking visionary," shaping the future of cyberspace as a military and intelligence domain, "the policy and political implications of his vision have proven to be his major blind spot."

"Keith was the right choice for the the combined job," McConnell continues. "Now, the posts should be split. History teaches that the consolidation of authority across defense and intelligence lines can be dangerous, and this is particularly true in cyberspace."

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