General Paul M. Nakasone Biography

About General Paul M. Nakasone (USA)

  • Director, National Security Agency
  • Chief, Central Security Service
  • Commander, United States Cyber Command
  • 9800 Savage Road, Fort Meade, Maryland 20755
Rank Date
General 4 May 18
Lieutenant General 14 Oct 16
Major General 2 Jul 15
Brigadier General 2 Aug 12

General Paul M. Nakasone Biography

In May 2018, General Paul M. Nakasone took on his current responsibilities as Commander of the United States Cyber Command and Director of the National Security Agency/Chief of the Central Security Service.

From October 2016 to April 2018, he oversaw U.S. Army Cyber Command.
GEN Nakasone is a graduate of Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, and a native of White Bear Lake, Minnesota. He joined the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps to earn his commission at Saint John’s University.

GEN Nakasone has served in command and staff roles at all Army levels with assignments in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Republic of Korea, and the United States.

At U.S. Cyber Command, GEN Nakasone oversaw the Cyber National Mission Force. Along with serving as the top intelligence officer at the battalion, division, and corps levels, he has also led a company, a battalion, and a brigade.

GEN Nakasone has held Joint and Army positions in Afghanistan, Iraq, the Republic of Korea, and the United States. In Kabul, Afghanistan, he served as the Director of Intelligence for J2 of the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command.

Additionally, GEN Nakasone has twice held the position of staff officer for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

GEN Nakasone holds degrees from the Defense Intelligence College, the Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College. He has graduate degrees from the University of Southern California, the National Defense Intelligence College, and the U.S. Army War College.

The Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and the C.

GEN Nakasone and his wife are the proud parents of four kids who make up the core of “Team Nakasone.”

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