The Pentagon is seeking $34.7 billion through 2021 for cybersecurity, in part to beef up offensive military capabilities such as those deployed in newly disclosed operations against Islamic State.
“This is something that’s new in this war, not something you would’ve seen back in the Gulf War” 25 years ago, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday at the Pentagon. He discussed efforts, especially in Syria, to disrupt the terrorist group’s “command and control, to cause them to lose confidence in their networks, to overload their network so that they can’t function.”
While Carter offered few details on the secret technology being used against Islamic State, previously undisclosed budget documents on the Defense Department’s five-year plan show increasing investments in offensive cyber capabilities as well as strategic deterrence and defensive cybersecurity. The proposed budget would bankroll the Pentagon’s U.S. Cyber Command and its new Cyber Mission Force to assist…