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Obama’s 2016 Budget Proposal Allots $5.5B for DoD Cyber Operations

cybersecurityMore than half of President Barack Obama’s proposed fiscal 2016 cybersecurity budget of $5.5 billion for the Defense Department would go to the agency’s cyber infrastructure operations and maintenance programs, Nextgov reported Thursday.

Aliya Sternstein writes a defense cyber spending analysis estimates the U.S. Cyber Command funding to decrease from $509 million in the current fiscal year to $463 million in FY 2016.

The Air Force would receive $1.4 billion of the total DoD cyber funding allocation and the Army would get $1 billion, according to Nextgov.

DoD set aside approximately $500 million for the compensation of computer security employees across the agency next fiscal year, Sternstein said.

The department obtained approval from the Office of Personnel Management to hire up to 3,000 cybersecurity professionals earlier this month.

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