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U.S. Cyber Warrior Begins NATO Job as Trump Pressures Alliance

  • Washington veteran takes over alliance’s network-security arm
  • Kevin Scheid faces immediate task of securing new headquarters
Planes leave trails in the colours of the Belgian flag during a NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) summit ceremony at the NATO headquarters, in Brussels, on May 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Dan Kitwood (Photo credit should read DAN KITWOOD/AFP/Getty Images)
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U.S. President Donald Trump will have less scope to bash the North Atlantic Treaty Organization now that an American is at the helm of the alliance’s technology and cyber security arm.

Kevin Scheid, a veteran of the U.S. Department of Defense, became head on July 1 of the NATO Communications and Information Agency, which runs the electronic networks of the 29-nation alliance. NCI Agency spends about 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) a year to ensure NATO’s technological backbone is up to the tasks of fighting terrorism, protecting European airspace, conducting maritime operations and withstanding cyber attacks.