Dave Frederick Jr. will take over as the Executive Director at U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) after serving as deputy director of the organization’s Cybersecurity Directorate in 2019 and 2020.

The executive director position at USCYBERCOM is not only the highest ranking civilian position at the Defense Department (DoD) cyber component, but also third-in-command at USCYBERCOM.

Frederick will now lead an organization of over 12,000 personnel, six Service Cyber Components, 133 Cyber Mission Force Teams, and DoD enterprise defense forces.

“He drives global cyber operations to defend the DOD network, provides cyber options for combatant commanders, and defends U.S. critical infrastructure, while shaping a budget of nearly $700M, and elements of DoD budgets totaling in the billions,” according to his CYBERCOM bio.

Prior to becoming executive director at CYBERCOM and deputy director at the Cybersecurity Directorate, Frederick served as Chief of Strategic Counter Cyber Operations in the Cybersecurity Operations Group from 2016 to 2018. He was tasked with representing the National Security Agency (NSA) at the National Security Council Policy Coordination Committee on cyber matters.

Frederick is a U.S. Army veteran, having served as a signals intelligence analyst and Korean linguist before joining the NSA as a language analyst in 1996.

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