The president's 2016 budget request: Defense Department

DoD's IT budget numbers remain elusive, requests $5.5 billion for DoD cyber capabilities


The Defense Department requests $5.5 billion for "cyber capabilities enhancements" in fiscal 2016, according to a 29-page budget brief outlining the DoD's budget proposal. That's more than one-third of the $14 billion for cybersecurity governmentwide in the president's fiscal 2016 budget request.

What's included in cyber capabilites enhancements is unclear.

The only dollar amount linked to cyber in the DoD budget provided by the White House is a request for $8 million for "cyberspace" in the Pentagon Reservation Maintenance Revolving Fund.

The National Nuclear Security Administration, which through its labs takes assignments from the DoD and other agencies in arrangements called  "work for others," requests $160 million for "information technology and cybersecurity" in fiscal 2016  less than the fiscal 2015 level of $180 million. 

Gathering detailed information on the DoD's IT spending is difficult because the budget provides very little transparency into classified spending or spending on IT that is embedded in weapons systems or satellites. The budget also fails to carve out specific funds for U.S. Cybercommand.

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