A clear sign that cybersecurity will continue to be an ongoing priority for the Department of Defense (DoD), the Pentagon’s fiscal 2017 base budget request for cyberspace is now $6.7 billion.
This is approximately a 16 percent increase from the fiscal 2016, and the requested funds are designed to help the U.S. Cyber Command mature in operational readiness, among other strategic priorities.
According to a recent FCW article, the fiscal 2017 budget would help staff the Pentagon’s 133-team cyber mission force, which officials expect to be fully operational by the end of fiscal 2018. The funding would also go towards the Joint Operations Center being built at Fort Meade.
From a technological standpoint, the funding would go towards the development of new innovations to secure mobile device “endpoints,” as well as for enhancing the overall resiliency of DoD networks.
In addition, the FCW article breaks down other budgetary priorities, which include:
- The Air Force is looking for a sizable increase in funding for certain R&D programs. The service is asking for $158 million for a program labeled Cyber Operations Technology Development, nearly double the enacted amount ($81.7 million) in fiscal 2016.
- The Air Force also is asking for $25 million toward R&D on offensive cyber operations, up from the $12.9 million enacted last fiscal year.
- The broader science and technology budget request includes $45 million toward the Defense Innovation Unit – Experimental (DIUX) facilities that are central to the Pentagon’s outreach to Silicon Valley firms.
- The Pentagon also is asking for $40 million for In-Q-Tel, the not-for-profit that invests in emerging technologies with intelligence applications.
For focusing budgetary priorities on cybersecurity, we are naming the DoD and the U.S. Cyber Command as this week’s “GovTransformers.” Stay tuned for our ongoing coverage of other federal executives and their agencies that are truly transforming how they support mission goals through the most effective use of IT.