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Martin Dempsey: Pentagon Plans $23B for Cyber Programs

Gen. Martin Dempsey
Gen. Martin Dempsey

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Saturday the Pentagon will invest $23 billion in cybersecurity programs and recruit 4,000 new staff for U.S. Cyber Command, Defense Systems reported Sunday.

George Leopold writes Army Gen. Martin Dempsey spoke about the government’s plans to strengthen defense of military networks during a Brookings Institution event in Washington.

Dempsey said the cyber force will have three groups that will work to conduct national missions, support battlefield commanders and protect systems for military operations worldwide.

He said cyber incidents have increased over the past year, including the “Shamoon” malware attack that infiltrated 3,000 computer systems of a Saudi state-owned oil company in August.

U.S. and Chinese officials are set to meet this week in an effort to establish common policies for cybersecurity, Dempsey said.

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