recommended reading

Navy Plans to Beef Up Cyber Workforce

U.S. Navy, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert

U.S. Navy, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert // U.S. Navy

Cyber, shipboard networks and unmanned systems stand out as key Navy technology investments in 2014 and for the next several years, top service officials told a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday.

The Navy requested an operations budget of $22.6 million for its Fleet Cyber Command in 2014, up $2.3 million from 2013. Adm. Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations, told the hearing that the service plans to man and train a cyber force increase of about 1,000 personnel by 2016, in addition to the 800 billets realigned in 2013 from other specialties.

Greenert said these cyber specialists will help form 40 computer defense, attack and exploitation teams at the U.S. Cyber Command. The Cyber Command plans to field 100 cyber teams by 2015.

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus told the hearing the service also needs “an equally sophisticated officer corps” to lead cyber forces, backed up by plans to “make the construction of a cybersecurity studies facility at the U.S. Naval Academy a top priority in developing the fiscal 2015 military construction program.”

Greenert said the Navy needs to develop what he termed good cyber “hygiene” by reducing  the number of networks it operates and developing standard networks, an effort supported by the shipboard Consolidated Afloat Networks or CANES project.

The Navy requested a $340.1 million budget for CANES in 2014, down $1 million from 2013, and Greenert said this will help the service equip new amphibious ships used to transport Marine forces. He said CANES will only address part of the need to develop improved communications systems. “We are analyzing the need for upgraded communications on our older amphibious ships and will correct those shortfalls in the near-term,” he said, without providing details.

Mabus said unmanned systems will continue to be key military platforms at sea and ashore and said the Navy and Marines have made significant movement in drone development, including using unmanned MQ-8B Firescout helicopters to support sea and land Marine operations in Afghanistan. The Navy requested $61 million to buy one additional MQ-8B in its 2014 budget.

The service also requested $52 million for its version of the Air Force long-range Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle, the MQ-4C Triton, which Mabus said will “play a central role in building maritime domain awareness and prosecuting surface targets.”

Threatwatch Alert

Thousands of cyber attacks occur each day

See the latest threats


Close [ x ] More from Nextgov

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from
We think these reports might interest you:

  • It’s Time for the Federal Government to Embrace Wireless and Mobility

    The United States has turned a corner on the adoption of mobile phones, tablets and other smart devices, outpacing traditional desktop and laptop sales by a wide margin. This issue brief discusses the state of wireless and mobility in federal government and outlines why now is the time to embrace these technologies in government.

  • Featured Content from RSA Conference: Dissed by NIST

    Learn more about the latest draft of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology guidance document on authentication and lifecycle management.

  • A New Security Architecture for Federal Networks

    Federal government networks are under constant attack, and the number of those attacks is increasing. This issue brief discusses today's threats and a new model for the future.

  • Going Agile:Revolutionizing Federal Digital Services Delivery

    Here’s one indication that times have changed: Harriet Tubman is going to be the next face of the twenty dollar bill. Another sign of change? The way in which the federal government arrived at that decision.

  • Software-Defined Networking

    So many demands are being placed on federal information technology networks, which must handle vast amounts of data, accommodate voice and video, and cope with a multitude of highly connected devices while keeping government information secure from cyber threats. This issue brief discusses the state of SDN in the federal government and the path forward.

  • The New IP: Moving Government Agencies Toward the Network of The Future

    Federal IT managers are looking to modernize legacy network infrastructures that are taxed by growing demands from mobile devices, video, vast amounts of data, and more. This issue brief discusses the federal government network landscape, as well as market, financial force drivers for network modernization.


When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.