Pentagon gets aggressive with private sector cyberwarfare bids
In an offensive turn, the Pentagon will soon be accepting bids from the private sector for ways to enhance its cyberwarfare capabilities, according to a report in The Washington Post.
The five-year, $110 million program is housed within the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency of the Pentagon and has been dubbed Plan X, according to the story.
Plan X will begin accepting bids this summer, some of which are expected to come from universities and computer game companies.
The story quotes one cybersecurity expert with the National Research Council of the National Academies as saying the potential for the U.S. military to dominate the traditional and digital battlefields would be “a really big deal.”
Instead of worrying mostly about cyberdefense, Plan X will focus mainly on efforts that could support realistic military attacks, like shutting down enemy communications systems prior to an airstrike.
Source: The Washington Post