Congress Will Invests Millions in Cyber-harden Missile Defense Systems Budget

WASHINGTON, the USA (, 7 August 2018, Editor: Stanislava Georgieva, Photo credit: Defense News

According to the fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act conference report, released on July 23, House and Senate of the U.S. have legitimated $51 million investment in to cyber-harden missile defense systems. Furthermore, it is expected appropriators also to fund additionally about $100 million in the defense spending bill, learned

The strategy to be disarmed adversary systems by using jamming and electronic attack, already has an important part in war gaming against possible enemies in future. At times, the usage of cyber and electronic attack is considered as the first line of offense to take down enemy air defense systems and thus to be injected friendly forces into denied area.

When that is a part of the strategy to penetrate in and take down enemy systems, it already is and will be a part of the adversaries’ strategies, as well.

The possession of such capability will provide better protection against evolving cyberattacks, as well as adversaries’ attempts to take down systems through jamming and other electronic warfare capabilities. Both the U.S. military and its allies rely on the missile defense systems regionally as well as to defend the native land.

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According to the spending bills for fiscal 2019 of House and Senate, legislators in charge of the purse strings want to spend for cyber-hardening missile defense systems twice as much as the NDAA would legalize.

Initially House intended to fund roughly $100 million to cyber-harden missile defense systems, but the final version that the NDAA came out of conference committee cut House plans to provide $45 million to address cyberthreats to the ballistic missile defense terminal defense segment of the BMD framework and only authorizes about half of the House spending bill. But the Senate funding is essentially identical with this of the House, so it is possible the funding to pass conference committee and come out in the final bill.

To “advance the [Missile Defense Agency’s] compliance with the Department of Defense Cybersecurity Discipline Implementation Plan to protect MDA systems in highly-contested cybersecurity threat environments”, the committee is adding $100 million in funding that involves $40 million to increase cybersecurity for ballistic missile-enabling programs and $16.2 for a cyber assessment of those programs. This is stated in the Senate appropriations bill report.

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Appropriators intend to ensure $10 million in addition for cybersecurity efforts for the ballistic missile defense system’s midcourse defense segment, likewise FY19 NDAA funding bill because it is important part in the defense from possible attacks from North Korea and Iran.

Another $5 million is provided to support the sensors of cyber-harden missile defense system while $10 million will be used for cybersecurity measures within the brains of the entire ballistic missile defense system — the BMD’s Command and Control, Battle Management, and Communications system.

The cybersecurity efforts related to the testing of BMD will be fund by $20 million and it is expected $5 million to be invested in cyber-hardening BMD targets.

Another $10 million will be provided by appropriators, that will be separated in providing cybersecurity elements into ongoing BMD technology initiatives ($5 million) and the other $5 million – in security of the BMD elements in space from cyberattack.

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