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Poll: Cyberwarfare Is Top Threat Facing US

Cyberwarfare is the most serious threat facing the United States, according to almost half of US national security leaders who responded to the inaugural Defense News Leadership Poll, underwritten by United Technologies.

But while the leaders in national security policy, the military, congressional staffs and the defense industry are united in the seriousness of the cyber threat, agreement on the next greatest threat breaks down clearly along party lines. Terrorism is viewed as the next greatest threat by leaders who identified themselves as Republicans, while climate change was cited by those identifying as Democrats.

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RESULTS


demographics

In politics today, I consider myself a:
Democrat Republican Independent Prefer not to answer Total
All Respondents 13.51% 38.51% 34.20% 13.79% 348
Industry 12.80% 34.40% 38.40% 14.40% 125
Military 7.69% 56.92% 23.08% 12.31% 65


2013 was the first year the DoD base budget declined since 9/11, although overall spending including supplemental spending began to decline in 2011. What year do you anticipate US defense spending, including the base budget and supplemental spending, will reach its low point?
2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 or later Total Number
All Respondents 8.91% 25.41% 30.36% 15.84% 10.23% 9.24% 303


current defense spending



current defense spending


As the overall budget declines, how SHOULD each service's budget change as a percentage of total defense spending? [All respondents]
Increase Remain the same decrease Total number
Army 15.46% 24.67% 59.87% 304
Navy 38.28% 37.95% 23.76% 303
Air Force 24.34% 41.78% 33.88% 304
Marine Corps 27.30% 45.72% 26.97% 304
As the overall budget declines, how WILL each service's budget change as a percentage of total defense spending? [All respondents]
Increase Remain the same decrease Total number
Army 4.95% 19.14% 75.91% 303
Navy 22.11% 39.93% 37.95% 303
Air Force 15.51% 40.92% 43.56% 303
Marine Corps 6.95% 39.07% 53.97% 302
When it comes to military pay and benefits, do you agree, disagree, or have no opinion about the following statements? [All respondents except where noted]
Agree Disagree No opinion Total number
Military pay should match growth in civilian pay 72.61% 22.44% 4.95% 303
Pay increase should be based on job skill and performance instead of rank and time in service [All respondents] 41.25% 51.16% 7.59% 303
Industry 54.46% 36.61% 8.93% 112
DoD Civilian 35.48% 62.90% 1.61% 62
Military 16.95% 72.88% 10.17% 59
Tricare fees should be tied to market health insurance rates for members of the military and their families 38.08% 56.29% 5.63% 302
Tricare fees should be tied to market health insurance rates for retired members of the military and their families 42.72% 50.99% 6.29% 302
When it comes to sequestration, do you agree, disagree, or have no opinion about the following statements? [All respondents]
Agree Disagree No opinion Total Number
Sequestration will continue past 2014 83.77% 13.25% 2.98% 302
Sequestration level cuts will continue 87.71% 9.30% 2.99% 301
Sequestration was a necessary means to cut defense spending 17.61% 79.40% 2.99% 301
Defense spending would have been reduced without sequestration 65.33% 30.67% 4.00% 300
When it comes to US defense acquisition, do you agree, disagree, or have no opinion about the following statements? [All respondents]
Agree Disagree No opinion Total Number
US acquisition policy is effective in bringing best value to the US taxpayer 10.74% 83.56% 5.70% 298
US acquisition reforms have resulted in significant savings for US taxpayers 17.51% 73.40% 9.09% 297
US acquisition regulations stifle innovation 70.90% 20.40% 8.70% 299
US acquisition regulations ensure the best products are available for the mission 11.37% 78.93% 9.70% 299
Will the defense industry experience significant consolidation beginning in 2014?
Yes No No opinion Total Number
All Respondents 53.16% 33.22% 13.62% 301


greatest threat to the US



Which of the following is the greatest threat to: [All respondents]
Terrorism China Iran North Korea Cyber Warfare Climate Change Total Number
US allies in the Middle East 43.30% 0.69% 53.95% 0.00% 1.72% 0.34% 291
US allies in Asia 7.88% 47.60% 0.34% 28.77% 12.33% 3.08% 292
US allies in Europe 44.64% 3.81% 8.65% 0.35% 35.99% 6.57% 289
Should Iran be allowed to maintain a domestic nuclear enrichment capability?
Yes No Total Number
All Respondents 27.05% 72.95% 292
Democrats 42.42% 57.58% 33
Republicans 12.90% 87.10% 124
Independents 34.34% 65.66% 99
Should the United States maintain troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014
Yes No Total Number
All Respondents 47.44% 52.56% 293
Currently US Cyber Command and the NSA are commanded by Gen. Keith Alexander. Should US Cyber Command and NSA have separate commanders?
Yes No Total Number
All Respondents 56.70% 43.30% 291


current defense spending


asia pivot


What is the state of Al-Qaeda today compared to five years ago?
Stronger About the same Weaker Total Number
All Respondents 21.31% 30.93% 47.77% 291
Democrats 6.06% 9.09% 84.85% 33
Republicans 29.03% 37.90% 33.06% 124
Independents 16.16% 27.27% 56.57% 99
Military 32.20% 30.51% 37.29% 59
DoD Civilian 19.64% 35.71% 44.64% 56
What is the state of the Taliban today compared to five years ago?
Stronger About the same Weaker Total Number
All Respondents 26.64% 40.14% 33.22% 289
Democrats 9.09% 45.45% 45.45% 33
Republicans 34.96% 40.65% 24.39% 123
Independents 21.43% 35.71% 42.86% 98
Are the following countries stronger, about he same, or weaker than they were 5 years ago?
Stronger About the same Weaker Total Number
US [All respondents] 10.65% 34.71% 54.64% 291
US [Democrats] 21.21% 66.67% 12.12% 33
US [Republicans] 4.84% 22.58% 72.58% 124
US [Independents] 16.16% 33.33% 50.51% 99
China [All respondents] 82.47% 15.81% 1.72% 291
Russia [All respondents] 51.72% 40.34% 7.93% 290
Russia [Democrats] 27.27% 63.64% 9.09% 33
Russia [Republicans] 58.54% 34.96% 6.50% 123
Russia [Independents] 51.52% 40.40% 8.08% 99
North Korea [All respondents] 14.09% 62.89% 23.02% 291
Iran [All respondents] 37.24% 45.52% 17.24% 290
Iran [Democrats] 21.21% 48.48% 30.30% 33
Iran [Republicans] 45.16% 45.16% 9.68% 124
Iran [Independents] 35.71% 40.82% 23.47% 98
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