WASHINGTON – The recently retired director of the National Security Agency is defending his bid to develop a new cybersecurity model for paying clients, saying his approach doesn't derive from work he did for the government.
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Keith Alexander retired in March from dual jobs as NSA chief and head of the military's cyber command. He says his new company is seeking to patent a cybersecurity technology he created with partners after leaving government.
The retired general spent nearly 40 years in public service. He says there is nothing improper about working in a field he knows something about.
Alexander asks, if an Army brain surgeon retires from the military, can't he still get paid to perform brain surgery in private practice?