Adm. Jan Tighe

Cyber Defense

Hagel makes pick to lead Navy’s Cyber Command

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has nominated Rear Adm. Jan E. Tighe to lead the Navy’s Cyber Command. If approved, Tighe would be promoted to vice admiral for assignment as commander of the Fleet Cyber Command and the Tenth Fleet, headquartered at Fort Meade, Md.

Tighe, currently deputy commander for the Fleet Cyber Command and the Tenth Fleet, would replace Vice Adm. Michael Rogers, who President Obama nominated in January to take over the U.S. Cyber Command and the National Security Agency. Rogers would replace Gen. Keith Alexander.

Tighe joined the Navy in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and was given special duty in cryptology, according to her Navy bio. During the course of her career, she also attended the attended the Naval Postgraduate School and in 2001 earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and a masters in applied mathematics. She has been deputy commander at Fleet Cyber Command since November 2013.

The U.S. Cyber Command and the component commands at each service — Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps — are expanding significantly  even as other military and government programs are being cut back, reflecting the growing importance of cyberspace as a domain of warfare.


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