The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency plans to provide additional funds for research and development of offensive cyber capabilities, the agency’s deputy director said Feb. 29.
DARPA Deputy Director Ken Gabriel told a House Armed Services subcommittee that the agency plans to grow the current cyber capability R&D budget allocation over five years from eight percent this year to 12 percent next fiscal year.
DARPA plans to spend $246 million on cyber research in fiscal 2013 and spend much less on energy and autonomous systems, according to Gabriel.
Gabriel said DARPA will fund more manufacturing and increase funds to develop algorithms that can sift and manipulate big data.
DARPA Director Regina Dugan said in November that the agency planned to increase its cyber spending by 50 percent over the next five years.
The Defense Department’s cyber spending nears $3.4 billion, Zachary Lemnios, assistant defense secretary for research and engineering, said in his testimony to the subcommittee.
Lemnios said the Pentagon funded efforts to build an integrated management board to coordinate cyber initiatives across its agencies and military services.