Carter Previews FY2017 Defense Budget Request


Addressing diverse global challenges requires new thinking, new postures in some regions and new and enhanced capabilities, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said this morning during a preview of the Pentagon’s fiscal year 2017 budget request.

Speaking at the Economic Club of Washington, D.C., Carter said the $582.7 billion defense budget to be released next week as part of the administration’s fiscal year 2017 budget request, marks a major inflection point for the department.

“In this budget we’re taking the long view,” the secretary said. “We have to. Even as we fight today’s fights, we must also be prepared for the fights that might come 10, 20 or 30 years down the road.”

Five evolving challenges drive the department’s planning, he said, including Russian aggression in Europe, the rise of China in the Asia Pacific, North Korea, Iran, and the ongoing fight against terrorism, especially the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Pentagon chief: 2017 budget includes $7B for cyber


To better train the Defense Department’s cybersecurity personnel and develop more offensive tools, the department’s fiscal 2017 budget request includes nearly $7 billion for cyberspace operations, said Defense Secretary Ash Carter.

“Among other things, this will help to further DOD’s network defenses, which is critical; build more training ranges for our cyber warriors; and also develop cyber tools and infrastructure needed to provide offensive cyber options,” Carter said in a Feb. 2 speech. President Barack Obama will formally submit the budget request next week.