WASHINGTON – US Cyber Command asked Congress for an additional $ 62 million to use the Department of Defense networks as part of its unfinanced priorities that did not make it into the command’s budget application for the budget year 2022
A copy of the list received from C4ISRNET indicated that Cyber Command noted the recent SolarWinds intrusion into various government networks in its request for money to help the DoD secure its own networks and respond to malicious cyber actions. The item topped a list of four unfunded priorities totaling $ 93.4 million.
The DoD has stated that SolarWinds’ massive breach of federal and commercial networks, which is attributed to Russia’s foreign intelligence service, has not compromised its own systems.
“I ask your committee to support these priorities … to help us strengthen military readiness and alliances, protect the homeland from cyberspace attacks, and advance national interests,” wrote General Paul Nakasone, Cyber Commander Command, in the proposal.
Cyber intrusions and ransomware incidents are taking on epidemic status, according to some cybersecurity analysts, prompting the federal government to prioritize response efforts.
In fact, most of the Pentagon’s $ 10 billion cyber request was requested $ 5.6 billion to protect IT systems.
Cyber Command’s Unfunded Priority # 2 is $ 23.3 million for cyber training. The command, by the service acquisition executives, is building an online training system called Persistent cyber training environment, which enables the armed forces to conduct individual and collective training as well as mission rehearsals.
The other two items listed are $ 3.2 million for human intelligence to help the command build an organic intelligence capability to access strategic targets and $ 4.8 million for acquisition personnel.
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Cyber Command has been working for several years to build an acquisition structure with Congress, which in 2016 authorized a restricted procurement agency to act as the crawl, run, run to make sure the young commando got the plan up and running.
In the latest annual Defense Act, Congress removed the $ 75 million acquisition cap for Cyber Command and strengthened the commander’s powers to oversee programs and priorities. However, the services are still running large programs on behalf of the command and the joint cyber mission force.
The $ 4.8 million would be used to integrate the command Common cyber warfighting architectureguiding their acquisition priorities. Congress and the non-partisan Government Accountability Office gave the command bad marks for the architecture, citing integration and oversight problems. The command has since then tried to allay these concerns.
Defense News reporter Joe Gould contributed to this report.