Keith B. Alexander
|Keith B. Alexander|
|Alexander in May 2010|
|16th Director of the National Security Agency|
August 1, 2005
|President||George W. Bush
|Preceded by||Michael Hayden|
December 2, 1951 |
Syracuse, New York, U.S.
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1974-present|
|Commands||National Security Agency|
|Battles/wars||Persian Gulf War|
|Awards||Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Army Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Defense Superior Service Medal (2)
Legion of Merit (6)
Meritorious Service Medal (2)
Keith B. Alexander (born December 2, 1951) is the current Director, National Security Agency (DIRNSA), Chief, Central Security Service (CHCSS) and Commander, United States Cyber Command. He previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff, G-2, U.S. Army from 2003 to 2005. He assumed the positions of Director, National Security Agency and Chief, Central Security Service on August 1, 2005 and the additional duties as Commander, United States Cyber Command on May 21, 2010.
Early life and education 
Alexander was born in Syracuse, New York in December 1951, and entered active duty at the United States Military Academy at West Point, intending to serve for only five years. Alexander's military education includes the Armor Officer Basic Course, the Military Intelligence Officer Advanced Course, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the National War College.
Alexander's previous assignments include the Deputy Chief of Staff (DCS, G-2), Headquarters, Department of the Army, Washington, D.C. from 2003 to 2005; Commanding General of the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command at Fort Belvoir, Virginia from 2001 to 2003; Director of Intelligence (J-2), United States Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida from 1998 to 2001; and Deputy Director for Intelligence (J-2) for the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1997 to 1998. Alexander served in a variety of command assignments in Germany and the United States. These include tours as Commander of Border Field Office, 511th MI Battalion, 66th MI Group; 336th Army Security Agency Company, 525th MI Group; 204th MI Battalion; and 525th Military Intelligence Brigade.
Additionally, Alexander held key staff assignments as Deputy Director and Operations Officer, Army Intelligence Master Plan, for the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence; S-3 and Executive Officer, 522nd MI Battalion, 2nd Armored Division; G-2 for the 1st Armored Division both in Germany and during the Persian Gulf War, in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm, in Saudi Arabia.
In addition to his Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Military Academy, Alexander has an M.S.B.A. from the Boston University Graduate School of Management and dual Master of Science degrees in systems technology (electronic warfare) and physics from the Naval Postgraduate School. He also holds a Master of Science degree in national security from the National Defense University.
Alexander was confirmed by the U.S. Senate for appointment to the rank of general on May 7, 2010 and was officially promoted to that rank in a ceremony on May 21, 2010. General Alexander also assumed command of United States Cyber Command in that ceremony.
Awards and decorations 
Medals and ribbons 
|Defense Distinguished Service Medal|
|Army Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster|
|Defense Superior Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster|
|Legion of Merit with five Oak Leaf Clusters|
|Meritorious Service Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters|
|Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster|
|Army Achievement Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters|
|Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)|
|Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)|
|Royal Norwegian Order of Merit (Grand Officer)|
|Senior Parachutist Badge|
|Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge|
|Army Staff Identification Badge|
|Parachutist Badge (Germany) in bronze|
- "NSA/CSS Welcomes LTG Keith B. Alexander, USA". 2005.
- "Lynn Notes Cyber Command’s Significance".
- "Gen. Keith B. Alexander". Washington Post. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
- Tildeling av ordener og medaljer: Søk i arkivet, kongehuset.no website for the Monarchy of Norway
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