Lack of funds prevents Defence Intelligence from completing cyber warfare strategy


The performance of the Defence Intelligence (DI) component of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) has also been impacted by a lack of funding, with it noting a full cyber warfare strategy could not be developed during the previous financial year, but a draft was completed.

According to the 2016/17 annual report of the Department of Defence (DoD), among other tasks, DI was to develop a cyber warfare strategy for submission to Cabinet’s JCPS (Justice, Crime Prevention and Security) cluster. It was not achieved, the report notes, adding the draft is in the departmental approval process and is expected to reach the Cabinet security cluster in the 2017/18 financial year, which ends on 31 March.

DI also notes the establishment of phase one of a cyber command centre could not be achieved due to financial constraints, adding the level of implementation of the SANDF’s cyber warfare plan is “in process” at phases two and three.

In terms of producing what it calls “products” produced from intelligence reports, assessments, studies, digests, country profiles, technology reports, dossiers and briefings, DI finished the financial year well ahead of its target of 448. It produced 667 “products” because “the security situation on the African continent resulted in increased intelligence requirements” which saw an additional 219 “products”.

There was also an increase in vetting decisions with the target of 6 500 exceeded by 106. The increase is attributed to the issuing of more confidential security clearances.