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Cyber Command’s Budget Doubles for FY 2014

PentagonThe Pentagon arm in charge of countering cyber attacks on military and civilian networks is set to receive $447 million in fiscal year 2014 funds after the House approved a spending package on Monday, Nextgov reported Tuesday.

Aliya Sternstein writes Cyber Command received more than double its 2013 funding level of $191 milliondue to the larger numbers of cyber mission personnel being added to the workforce.

Cyber Command chief Gen. Keith Alexander told lawmakers that in March 2013 there were approximately 834 active military and civilian staff and the Pentagon aims to increase the cyber forces by about 2,000 personnel per year until 2016.

Sternstein writes Congress also passed Department of Homeland Security‘s $792 million budget for cybersecurity for the 2014 fiscal year, which is a $35.5 million increase over the previous year’s budget.

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