White House ups DoD cyber budget request
The White House, in a $1.6 billion increase from last year, is requesting over $9.6 billion for Department of Defense cyber activities in fiscal 2020.
According to the White House budget request, released March 11, the funds requested for cyber activities will go toward specifically advancing DoD’s three primary cyber missions:
- Safeguarding DoD’s networks, information and systems;
- Supporting military commander objectives; and
- Defending the nation.
The White House’s request “provides the resources necessary to grow the capacity of U.S. military cyber forces (including the recently elevated United States Cyber Command), invest in the cyber workforce, and continue to maintain the highest cybersecurity standards at DoD.”
It is unclear how the $9.6 billion figure was derived. It is possible details will be made clearer when DoD releases its specific budget later this week.