Stephanie Kanowitz of FierceGovernmentTI on the potential cyber gains in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2015, and the very real possibility President Obama may veto the bill (for very good reason):
To help bolster U.S. cyber defense, the bill calls for authorizing the president to use military cyber action in response to an attack on the nation, $400 million in additional funding to the Defense Innovation Initiative for increased investment in various technologies, and another $75 million for cyber procurement, Politico reports in a May 14 article.
“The bill also requires biennial exercises to simulate responses to cyberattacks on critical infrastructure, docks the executive office support budget until the president submits a deterrence policy asked for in the 2014 NDAA, mandates an independent assessment and war games test of [Cyber Command] forces in response to estimates of Chinese, Russian, Iranian and North Korean capabilities in 2020 and 2025 and boosts the Defense secretary’s hiring powers for civilian cyber support staff,” the article states.
DoD’s cyber workforce would also get an infusion of talent. Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) introduced an amendment that would allow the department to pay for cyber certifications and training for its cyber professionals, the National Law Review reports in a May 18 article.
Some of the additions, such as the amendment to pay for cyber training and certifications for DoD cyber professionals, are wonderful additions. However, as a whole, it seems like Congress is playing politics as usual, and using the NDAA as a way to sneak in cyber security line items they cannot get passed in their own bills.