24 February 1999

See earlier report: http://jya.com/nsa-hayden.htm

DoD News Briefing
Mr. Kenneth H. Bacon, ASD PA
Tuesday, February 23, 1999 - 2:15 p.m.


        Mr. Bacon:  Welcome to our briefing.

        Let me start with a few announcements here.

        First, the Secretary of Defense, William Cohen, 
announced today that President Clinton has nominated Air Force 
Major General Michael Hayden to appointment as the Director of 
the National Security Agency and for promotion to the rank of 
lieutenant general.  He'll replace Lieutenant General Kenneth 
Minahan who has directed NSA for the last several years.

        During his tenure at the National Security Agency, 
General Minahan concentrated on a number of things, but I think 
he'll be most remembered for implementing a national cryptologic 
strategy for the 21st Century and looking at ways to keep our 
code or cryptologic architecture at the state of the art level.


No. 072-99
February 23, 1999


        Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen announced today 
that the President has nominated Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael 
V. Hayden for appointment to the grade of lieutenant general 
with assignment as director, National Security Agency/Chief, 
Central Security Service, Fort Meade, Md.

        Hayden is currently assigned as deputy chief of staff, 
United Nations Command Korea and deputy chief of staff, U.S. 
Forces Korea, U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, Korea.


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