Inside the Ring
He promised “focused and aggressive” oversight.
“Our citizens have spoken, and they want a defense budget that is sufficient to address the challenges of today and the threats of tomorrow,” he said. “One percent real growth in the base defense budget over the next five years is a net reduction for modernization efforts, which are critical to protecting our nation’s homeland.”
One priority will be investing in weapons and force structure “needed to protect the United States from tomorrow’s threats.”
Cybercom boots up
The U.S. Cyber Command, the new military unit devoted to offensive and defensive cyberwarfare and defense, was declared fully operational on Wednesday.
“I am confident in the great service members and civilians we have here at U.S. Cyber Command,” said Army Gen. Keith Alexander, the commander, in announcing what the Pentagon calls “full operational capability.”
“Cyberspace is essential to our way of life, and U.S. Cyber Command synchronizes our efforts in the defense of [Department of Defense] networks. We also work closely with our interagency partners to assist them in accomplishing their critical missions.”
The command now has a Joint Operations Center and has folded in people and functions from the Joint Task Force for Global Network Operations and the Joint Functional Component Command for Network Warfare.
The command was launched in May at the National Security Agency at Fort Meade and is part of the U.S. Strategic Command.
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), the little-known mapping and imagery intelligence agency, is taking a page from Apple Inc. and asking the spies, first responders and war fighters who use its information to create “apps” for their intelligence products.
The software applications would be used by intelligence and military consumers on desktop and laptop computers and hand-held devices.
The agency responsible for mapping the planet as well as its electromagnetic spectrum is looking to streamline the way it delivers its products to the end user.
In a speech to the annual GEOINT conference Tuesday in New Orleans, NGA Director Letitia Long said: “I’d like to see a proliferation of apps, developed by both providers and users alike that empowers users to ‘do it themselves’ — when and where they want.”
Ms. Long said the apps could include maps of helicopter landing zones in discrete geographic regions. Ms. Long also stressed that she wanted to add layers of expertise to her agency to also map out human networks, or what she called “human geography.”
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