- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Russian Major-General Yuri Kuznetsov has a mission: a new cyberwarfare unit that is ready for battle by 2017.

Russia plans to heavily recruit new programers to defend its “armed forces’ critical infrastructure from computer attacks,” Mr. Kuznetsov said at a meeting of military officials, defense news website NATO Source reported.


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The 2017 goal for the formation of the new units is the first timetable that has been laid out since a Defense Ministry spokesperson confirmed the cyberwarfare plans in August, according to Russian news agency RIA Novosti.

The news comes just after a study by IHS Jane’s, a global information forecaster, concluded that Russia spent $66.9 billion on its security needs in 2013, surpassing the U.K. for the No. 3 slot for military spending among countries.