Draft Bill Aims to Grow U.S. Military Cyber Warfare Capabilities

Posted February 10, 2016 at 6:41am

SC Magazine reports that “draft legislation proposed by Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) seeks to improve the Pentagon’s ability to quickly develop and acquire process cyber warfare technologies.”  

“The Electronic Warfare Enhancement Act (S. 2486 ), co-sponsored by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), would streamline the defense procurement process for cyber warfare technologies by including electronic warfare technologies within the Secretary of Defense’s Rapid Acquisition Authority (RAA). The draft also proposes to create an exception to a requirement (Section 181, Title 10) that the defense secretary review acquisition programs.”  

“The proposal comes as the U.S. struggles to play catch-up to Russia’s growing cyber capabilities. The U.S. military, for example, lags behind  the electronic attack, jamming communications, radar and command-and-control nets used by Russia in the Ukraine and Syria to jam drones and block battlefield communications. According to National Defense , the US Army is working on stronger jamming systems, expected to be available in 2023.”