Cybersecurity gets nearly billion-dollar increase in DoD FY 2017 budget request

WASHINGTON: Department of Defense officials are requesting $6.7 billion for cyber operations in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 base budget request. This is an increase in cyber funding of $0.9 billion compared to the FY 2016 enacted base budget.

The Department developed the 2015 DoD Strategy in response to the growing threats and to guide efforts to defend the United States against of "significant consequence." According to the budget documents the “new cyber strategy focuses on building cyber capabilities and organizations for DoD’s three primary cyber missions: to defend DoD networks, systems, and information; defend the Nation against cyberattacks of significant consequence; and provide cyber support to operational and contingency plans.”

Within the budget overview, DoD officials laid out five strategic goals for cyber operations:

“1. Build and maintain ready forces and capabilities to conduct cyberspace operations;
2. Defend the DoD information network, secure DoD data, and mitigate risks to DoD missions;
3. Prepare to defend the U.S. homeland and U.S. vital interests from disruptive or destructive cyberattacks of significant consequence;
4. Build and maintain viable cyber options and plan to use those options to control conflict escalation and to shape the conflict environment at all stages; and,
5. Build and maintain robust international alliances and partnerships to deter shared threats and increase international security and stability.”

The FY 2017 budget request calls for continuing to organize the 133 team Cyber Mission Force, which is expected to be fully operational by the end of FY 2018; outfitting the new Joint Operations Center for U.S. Cyber Command () at Fort Meade, Maryland – it’s occupancy is slated for FY 2018; continuing to support cyberspace operational science and technology programs and other research and technology projects to develop the tools required by the Cyber Mission Force to accomplish its mission; continuing to develop approaches to enable a virtual environment for the Cyber Mission Force to consistently train and mission rehearse across a wide range of threat environments; continuing to support defensive cyberspace operations by enabling information assurance and cyber security to the DoD’s networks at all levels, and via ongoing investments in the DoD’s larger budget to implement Joint Regional Security Stacks across the DoD enterprise; and continuing to support combatant commanders and offensive cyber operations by providing integrated cyber capabilities to support military operations and contingencies.

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Major aircraft systems.

Ground system platforms.

Space-based systems.

Maritime systems and shipbuilding.

To access all the budget materials from the DoD, visit, http://comptroller.defense.gov/BudgetMaterials.aspx.