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Cyber is Likely Winner of 2015 Budget

by Mike Hoffman on February 24, 2014

Cyber Command officials define unit's scopeDefense Secretary Chuck Hagel is scheduled Monday to unveil highlights to the Pentagon’s 2015 proposed budget, but cyber is the expected winner as many parts of the military coffers will shrink.

Pentagon leaders have signaled in the lead up to Monday’s announcement that the Defense Department has to increase spending on cyber security as the military brass continues to highlight it as a leading threat to U.S. national security. Meanwhile, the military will likely face further cuts to offset the $56 billion increase in domestic spending President Obama is expected to request for 2015.

Richard Sisk posted a more in-depth analysis of what officials in D.C. are expecting for the military here. But the resounding winner continues to be cyber. Even last week Hagel signaled in a speech the need to bump up cyber investments.

“We are adjusting our asset base and our new technology,” Hagel said. “Of course, it’s going to shift the proprieties and the balance of forces, and where you invest your money to be able to ensure readiness for your forces, capability and capacity,” Hagel said of the budget proposals.

This year’s budget isn’t an outlier. Cybersecurity is one of the few areas where the U.S. military will spend more this year as their overall budget is cut. The Defense Department will spend $4.7 billion on cyber operations this year – a 21 percent increase over 2013.

The Pentagon is only one of many government agencies to see their tech budgeting drastically increase. The intelligence and cyber security budgets for the CIA and NSA have also seen significant growth.

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mpower6428 February 24, 2014 at 4:38 am

And they still wont be able to protect your debit/credit card pin #'s from Ukrainian hackers, the winters are just too long over there.

This news must be a nightmare if you're a libertarian. oh but wait… they can contract out…….

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rtsy February 24, 2014 at 8:23 am

The DoD invented the internet, it's about time they started spending some cash on protecting it too.

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blight_ February 24, 2014 at 9:18 am

The internet is not DoD's problem. It's the intranet.

For maximum derp re NMCI:
http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/201

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Lyton February 24, 2014 at 11:06 am

A significant chunk of this increase is likely to be spent on contractors. Let's hope they avoid using Target's IT contractor.

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blight_ February 24, 2014 at 5:02 pm

The breach was through Target's HVAC contractor.

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The_Hand February 25, 2014 at 2:43 pm

Not an excuse, I'm afraid. There is no reason the HVAC systems should have been able to reach customer credit card data. There's also no reason for Target to not have had data loss prevention systems in place.

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Big-Dean February 24, 2014 at 11:45 am

I hear that the "bits and bytes" boys don't like the "get down on the ground and get dirty" boys so they are going to break off and form their 'service' called the Unites State Cyber Coders, or USCC for short. Their motto will be "our bytes have teeth" but the other services will simply mock them and call them cyberheads ;-P

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Hector Q February 24, 2014 at 11:56 am

In the unlikely event that a separate cyber service is created, I have great faith in the other services' ability to come up with a mocking term a lot more biting than "cyberheads."

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blight_ February 24, 2014 at 1:37 pm

Keyholes?

Edit: P@sswipes, Ddosheads, Snoopys, Spearfishers (from Spearphishing, and with the obvious double entendre)

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Big-Dean February 24, 2014 at 7:53 pm

Nice!

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Big-Dean February 24, 2014 at 1:18 pm

I hear that they have already award the nation's second highest medal (second only the the Medal of Honor), the Cyber Warrior Medal of Honor

to senior super duper stud master cyber sargent Jones in the following citation:

SDSMC Sargent Jones, in complete disregard for carpal tunnel syndrome, went above and beyond his 4 hr shift, while recklessly typing at complete and utter defiance of safety protocols, remained at this keyboard and doggedly pursued the enemy hacker until he was found at the local Starbucks. SDSMC Jones able to stop to hacker before he gained access to all of our country's satellite access codes, the hacker was only able to access half of the access codes before Jones took decisive action and turned off the server. Our nation is truly thank for this warrior and how he saved half of our satellites from the 14 yr old.

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Ben February 24, 2014 at 2:40 pm

I can't tell if you're plain joking or if you're incredibly ignorant and joking.

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Sev February 24, 2014 at 3:05 pm

Ben….Dover

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Big-Dean February 24, 2014 at 7:49 pm

I'm joking Big Ben, with as much as a post here you should recognize my sarcasm by now, it's all in good fun ;-)

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hibeam February 24, 2014 at 4:51 pm

I'm guessing we will not call this program the F-35 Cyber Defender?

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The_Hand February 24, 2014 at 5:31 pm

They're cutting the A-10. Commence internet howls of impotent rage in 3… 2… 1…

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Big-Dean February 24, 2014 at 7:52 pm

they should just give them to the Army or perhaps the Guard and keep them in ready status (perhaps 10 day status). Mothballing or scrapping these assets would be a huge mistake because we will need them again.

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Hunter76 February 25, 2014 at 9:27 am

The conservative, conformist military culture is a poor breeding ground for the free-thinking hacker types necessary for leading edge cyber ops.

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Hialpha February 26, 2014 at 8:26 pm

Man, those Air Force "speed sleeves" are SOOOO KOOOOL!!

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