Senate panel approves Trump’s NSA nominee

Senate panel approves Trump’s NSA nominee
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The Senate Armed Services Committee unanimously approved President TrumpDonald TrumpTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Schumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe MORE’s choice to lead the National Security Agency on Tuesday morning.

The committee held a brief voice vote on the nomination of Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone, before holding a hearing on worldwide threats to the United States featuring testimony from Director of National Intelligence Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsOvernight Hillicon Valley — Scrutiny over Instagram's impact on teens Former national security officials warn antitrust bills could help China in tech race Cyber preparedness could save America's 'unsinkable aircraft carrier' MORE and from Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley, the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.

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If confirmed, Nakasone will helm both the NSA and the Pentagon's growing cyber warfare unit, U.S. Cyber Command. Nakasone currently leads Army Cyber Command, a component of Cyber Command. 

Nakasone appeared before the committee for his confirmation hearing last week, during which he acknowledged that foreign nations such as Russia do not face sufficient penalties for targeting the U.S. with malicious activity in cyberspace.  

Nakasone would replace Adm. Michael Rogers, who is expected to retire from his position later this year.

This piece has been updated to clarify that Nakasone leads Army Cyber Command.