Pentagon to successors: hold focus on cyber, space, nukes

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 10:07 PM

S. presidential election, top Pentagon leaders will urge their successors to focus on four top priorities - cyber, space, nuclear deterrent and electronic warfare, U.

Regardless of who wins the U. S. presidential election, top Pentagon leaders will urge their successors to focus on four top priorities - cyber, space, nuclear deterrent and electronic warfare, U. S. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said.

"Those are the four things that we've the most difficulty coming to grips with in the dept because they go across so many different functional areas," Work told Reuters in an interview late on Tuesday, after a speech in Colorado.

Work said the Pentagon had presently created organizations that looked at these four areas across the services to identify priorities, gaps and overlaps and ensure what he called an "enterprise-wide" approach.

Those bodies will assistance the dept as it builds a budget map for fiscal two thousand eighteen, although the real budget may modify since it'll be submitted early following year by the new president.

Lockheed Martin Corp, Boeing Co, Raytheon Co and other weapons makers hold near tabs on budget planning to look what new business opportunities may arise.

Work acknowledged that a new administration could map out different priorities, but said the current leaders would urge their successors to hold pushing ahead on those four key areas.

"We've concluded that you really have to have integrated efforts," he said. "We think we can create a compelling case."

In the space arena, Work said the Pentagon has launched a major effort to better coordinate across the department, and with the intelligence community as it seeks to defend satellites against attacks by Russia, China and other potential adversaries. [L2N17F2AY]

"You can do all sorts of things in space, but if the services don’t pay for their receivers, it doesn't really matter, it'south just a bunch of junk up there," Work said.

Work said he and Common Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, faced "huge" decisions this Nov about following steps for two satellite programs for missile warning and protected satellite communications, both built by Lockheed Martin Corp.

They'll also determine the future of an experimental joint space operations center, he said.

Similar efforts to better coordinate and synchronize programs are underway in the cyber arena, with the Pentagon'south Cyber Investment Management Board helping to identify priority programs that necessity beefed up cybersecurity measures, Work said.

The Pentagon also has similar bodies to coordinate efforts in the area of nuclear weapons, as well as so-called electronic warfare, which involves utilize of the electromagnetic spectrum or directed energy.

(Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Andrew Hay)

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