$5 Billion in Military Cyber Spending, this is the budget reserved by the Pentagon for cyber operations next year, an impressive amount of money that demonstrates the high priority assigned by the US government for the improvement of cyber capabilities. The new Defense Department budget, part of the comprehensive $496 billion fiscal 2015 budget, reveals numerous cost reductions in programs and activities, except for some DoD cybersecurity initiatives.
The first consideration that must be done is that the total Military Cyber Spending fivefold increase over last year, an increase of $4 million on which there is still little clarity.
“There’s no set of program elements that led to this number. Maybe there needs to be, but right now there isn’t,” is the opinion of the outgoing comptroller Bob Hale, rolling out the Obama administration’s fiscal 2015 spending request at the Pentagon.
Giving a look to the “The President’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2015” is possible to observe that within the goals to strengthen national security there is the necessity to improve and provide capabilities to protect the United States and its interests around the world. In particular the US Government plans to improve cyber capabilities to respond to cyber threats that more frequently are targeting US infrastructures, private companies and Government entities.
“Ensures we maintain ready, modern, and capable defense forces to address any threats we might face, including threats from terrorism and cyber attacks. “
If the allocation of such an investment does not seem to be a problem, many questions are raised about how this money should be spent in a national security cyber strategy.
A fund spending within the $5.1 billion Military Cyber Spending will be reserved for cyber operations to go toward the continued development of 133 special cyber mission teams.
A critical goal, of course, is the improvement on defense for critical infrastructure against internet-based attacks, The Pentagon has estimated that the number of cyber mission team staffers in place by 2016 will reach 6,000 units, including 13 national mission teams with eight national support teams.
“Some of the infrastructure protection roles that DOD is eyeing are really where the private firms who own and operate [power supplies] should be stepping up instead,” Singer said.
“The question isn’t the funding side, but figuring out the proper roles and responsibilities, especially in how the line is better set between DOD, the rest of government and private responsibilities,” “We haven’t yet gotten to point where we are able to figure out how spending translates into capability. That is — if I double my cyber spending, does it give me a 10 percent, 100% or 1,000% increase in capability? Cyber is a realm where it doesn’t translate like that well,” said Peter Singer, director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at the Brookings Institution.
It is interesting to highlight the great effort requested for the creation of the Joint Information Environment, an investment of $13.3 million to build a single, secure cloud-based information sharing platform for the military.
Following the key requests for cyber expenditures:
As reported in the budget overview, other cyber highlights include:
I desire to close the post with data related to the defense budgets of the principal countries in 2013, the US military spending is impressive.
China’s recently announced 802.2 billion yuan ($131.57 billion) defense budget with a 12.2% boost from the year before, despite there are no data related to the military cyber spending, the experts believe that the effort of the Chinese Government is similar to the American one.
(Security Affairs – military cyber spending, cyber warfare)