Cyber Command appoints new No. 2 amid growing battle with foreign hackers
By Martin Matishak
The head of U.S. Cyber Command has tapped the organization’s chief of staff to be his new deputy, filling a critical vacancy as the command looks to bolster operations to defend the 2020 election from foreign interference.
Army Gen. Paul Nakasone, who also helms the National Security Agency, promoted Navy Rear Adm. Ross Myers to the rank of vice admiral on Memorial Day, according to Cyber Command.
Myers became chief of staff at Cyber Command headquarters in May 2018, the same month Nakasone took the reins. He fills the slot left open by Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart, whose retirement was first reported by POLITICO in March. He left the command after a 40-year career in the U.S. military.
The Senate confirmed Myers last week. The Defense Department previously announced in March that Army Maj. Gen. John Morrison, the commander of Fort Gordon, Ga., and the Army’s Cyber Center of Excellence, would replace him as Cyber Command chief of staff.