Should CYBERCOM be granted more acquisition funds?

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15 March 2019

Some members of Congress appear concerned that U.S. Cyber Command is not fully utilizing the flexible purchasing and service-like authorities it has been granted by the body. Cyber Command’s leadership, however, feels it is still maturing and needs to be prepared for expansion.

Congress gave Cyber Command limited acquisition authority in 2016 following the model of Special Operations Command. It capped acquisition funds at $75 million per year, sunsetting in 2021.

The thinking at the time, according to congressional staff, was to take a crawl, walk, run approach and see if the command could demonstrate it could properly exercises its limited authority.

However, this year, the command has only used a fraction of that; roughly $44 million.

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