via American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, March 17, 2011 — U.S. Cyber Command is building its workforce, launching efforts with industry and working with international partners to fulfill an important mission, the command’s leader said here yesterday.
Cybercom commander Army Gen. Keith B. Alexander and James N. Miller, principal deputy undersecretary of defense for policy, discussed the command’s 2012 budget request and other issues during testimony before a House Armed Services Committee subcommittee.
“People are the big thing” at Cybercom and “for our future investing in people is key,” Alexander told legislators.
Based at Fort Meade, Md., Cybercom is charged with providing connectivity and safeguarding DOD’s and allies’ worldwide information networks. The command reached full operational status on Oct. 31, 2010.
The cybersecurity budget request for 2011 is “a little under” $3.2 billion and “a little over” $3.2 billion for 2012, Miller said.
Alexander said workforce costs comprise “the biggest portion” of Cybercom’s budget.
The next-biggest portion of Cybercom’s budget pie goes toward facilities and information technology infrastructure, the general added.