US Looking To Increase Cyber Warfare Arsenal, DARPA to Boost Research Spending by 50%

The US military research and development division, Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency (DARPA), has announced that it is stepping up its efforts to enhance the country's cyber warfare arsenal.

DARPA said that it plans to increase its spending on cyber security by 50 percent over a period of five years.

The increased funding will be used to increase the US army's capabilities to fight just as well in the cyber space as they are able to do on land, sea and air. DARPA said that a large chunk of the money will be used to enhance America's cyber defence capabilities.

"Modern warfare will demand the effective use of cyber, kinetic, and combined cyber and kinetic means," said DARPA director Regina Dugan, speaking at a conference.

"We need more options, we need more speed, and we need more scale. We must both protect its peaceful shared use as well as prepare for hostile cyber acts that threaten our military capabilities." she added.

She also stressed that due to the current cyber security scenario, in which the US government and industries were facing cyber attacks, it was important to go on the offensive but defensive techniques should also be nurtured.