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Keith B. Alexander, longest-serving NSA director, to speak Nov. 5 as part of UNT Kuehne Speaker Series

October 15th, 2014 Posted in Alumni News

Gen. Keith B. AlexanderRetired Army Gen. Keith B. Alexander, who was named director of the NSA in 2005 and served until he retired in March 2014, will speak in Dallas Nov. 5 (Wednesday) for the University of North Texas’ Kuehne Speaker Series on National Security luncheon. The event begins at noon at Hyatt Regency Dallas, 300 Reunion Blvd.

Tickets are $70 for individuals, with reservations for a table of eight costing $1,000. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Tickets may be purchased at https://one.unt.edu/events/unt-kuehne-series-on-national-security.

The UNT Kuehne Speaker Series was created in fall 2013 with support from UNT alumnus Ernie W. Kuehne, a 1966 graduate who is the president and board chairman of Kuehne Oil Co. The series showcases UNT’s nationally and internationally recognized programs on national and human security, and faculty members who are engaged in research related to national and human security issues.

Alexander was appointed director of the NSA and also chief of the Central Security Service in 2005 by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. As one of the Army’s first digitally proficient general officers, he expanded the NSA’s powers and influence and, in 2010, became the first leader of U.S Cyber Command http://www.arcyber.army.mil/org-uscc.html, a new organization devoted to planning, coordinating and conducting operations and defense of Department of Defense computer networks.

Before becoming director of the NSA, Alexander was deputy chief of staff at the Department of the Army headquarters in Washington, D.C., from 2003-2005; commanding general of the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, from 2001-2003; director of intelligence at the U.S. Central Command at Florida’s MacDill Air Force Base from 1998-2001; and deputy director for intelligence for the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1997-1998.

He served in a variety of command assignments in Germany and the U.S., and held key staff assignments during Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia for the 1st Armored Division. Alexander also served in Afghanistan on a peacekeeping mission for the Army Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence.

Alexander retired from the NSA several months after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked information about the agency’s global surveillance programs to the Washington Post, the Guardian and other news outlets. He has started his own company to provide cybersecurity services to American companies.

He received his bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Military Academy and holds a master’s degree in business administration from Boston University and master’s degrees in systems technology (electronic warfare) and in physics from the Naval Postgraduate School. He also received a master’s degree in national security strategy from the National Defense University.

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