H.A.S.C. No. 113-17: Information Technology and Cyber Operations: Modernization and Policy Issues to Support the Future Force, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities of the Committee on Armed Services, House of Representatives, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, Hearing Held March 13, 2013   [open pdf - 3MB]

This is the March 13, 2013 hearing on "Information Technology and Cyber Operations: Modernization and Policy Issues to Support the Future Force," held before the U.S. House Committee on Armed Services, Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities. From the opening statement of James R. Langevin: "I want to thank our witnesses for appearing before the subcommittee today. This is obviously an important hearing as our national security is dependent on our information systems, and those networks are critical to all aspects of our defense. Yet, one only needs to look at recent headlines, even of the day, to understand the unrelenting and sophisticated threats that we face in the cyber domain. Now we continue to see just how vulnerable such networks are in other sectors of our society, at a potential cost of billions lost to cybercrime, and we know our defense networks are at even greater risk. So obviously, though, they must be fail-proof and secure. Now we are still waiting for this year's budget, but I believe it is safe to say that IT [information technology] represents a large piece, $33 billion last year for that matter, and that is a significant figure. And we must be ever mindful of our responsibility to make the most effective use of taxpayer's investments in these capabilities. Now we are aware that the Department has experienced some challenges in acquiring certain IT systems and services in the past. So today, I would like to hear what steps we are taking to tackle those challenges in order to get the connectivity we need at a reasonable price." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: James R. Langevin, Mac Thornberry, Keith B. Alexander, Elizabeth A. McGrath, Teresa M. Takai, and Trent Franks.

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