Pentagon Seeks $500 Million for Cyber Technologies

Wednesday Feb 16th 2011 by Staff

Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn calls for a "public-private partnership" to secure the nation's networks.

Bloomberg: Speaking at the RSA conference, Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn said the Department of Defense is asking for $500 million to spend researching cybersecurity technologies. "The Pentagon will also provide seed capital for companies to develop dual-use technologies that serve our cyber security needs,” Lynn said. “Cyber defense is not a military mission, like defending our airspace, where the sole responsibility lies with the military.”

He added, “The overwhelming percentage of our nation’s critical infrastructure -- including the Internet itself -- is largely in private hands. It is going to take a public-private partnership to secure our networks.”

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