Robert Hale: DoD’s $5B Cyber Funding Request for Operations Plans

Robert Hale
Robert Hale

Robert Hale, Defense Department comptroller, said the Pentagon’s $5 billion proposed budget for cybersecurity will be routed to the various components of its cyber operations plan, the Federal Times reported Tuesday.

Amber Corrin writes that Hale reporters that a majority of the money will be spent on operations, offense and defense, information assurance and infrastructure, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and other research and development efforts.

Hale said there are no specific programs that come under the allocation.

“We tried to capture it all, but I’d say there’s a gray area here in what counts as cyber,” he said at a DoD press briefing.

The Air Force captured one of the bigger outlays with $67 million for its activities connected to the U.S. Cyber Command, up from $38 million the previous year.

The Defense Information Systems Agency’s cybersecurity initiative lost half of its procurement dollars but gained $13.3 million to purchase under the Joint Information Enterprise, which received zero funding last year.

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