tv President Obama Remarks on the Budget and National Security CSPAN February 9, 2016 7:52pm-8:03pm EST
closely and collaboratively with our close neighbors and not relegate ourselves to a position of isolation and impotence?rease >> my judgment in all of this is i want things that increase the power and the ability of britain problems, to deal with and our own security, our own stability and prosperity. what matters isse are we more ah to deal with this?f one of the things europe needs to get right is get rid of the sort of petty bureaucracy that infuriate pep aople and focus o prosperity and jobs. that's the focus. president obama addressed reporters today following a meeting with national security and cyber security officials. the president highlighted how his budget will approach security issues and the administration's plans to combat cyber threats. he spoke for just under ten minutes.
>> everybody all set? good. we made a lot of progress over the past seven years on our economy, unemployment is down, deficits are down, gas prices are down, job creation, wages, the rate of americans with health coverage are all up. so as i said at the state of the union, america is as strongly positioned as any country on earth to take advantage of the opportunities of the 21st century. but what we're aware of is we all have a lot of work to do. not only to try to maintain momentum but to go at some of the structural issues and problems that may be impeding people from making progress, getting opportunity and living the kind of lives for themselves and their children that we all want for every american. the budget that we're releasing today reflects my priorities.
and the priorities that i believe will help advance security and prosperity in america for many years to come. these are proposals reflected in the budget that work for us and not against us. it adheres to last year's bipartisan budget agreement. it drives down the deficit. it includes smart savings on healthcare, immigration, tax reform. my budget also invests in opportunity and security for all americans through education and training, new ideas for retirement savings and unemployment insurance. and it invests in innovation, harnessing technology to tackle challenges like climate change through clean energy and transportation. as well as the initiative that vice president joe biden is leading to make sure that we're going after cancer in an aggressive way. and it strengthens our national security by increasing defense
spending and our global leadership through diplomacy and through development. more and more keeping america safe is not just a matter of more tanks, more aircraft carriers, not just a matter of bolstering our security on the ground. it requires us to bolster our security online. as we have seen in the past few years and just in the past few days, cyber threats pose a danger not only to our national security but also our financial security and the privacy of millions of americans. so i have joined with leaders from across my administration over the last several months to plan on how we are going to go after this in a more aggressive way. today we're rolling out a new cyber security national action plan to address short-term and long-term challenges when it comes to cyber security. my budget includes more than $19
billion for cyber security, which is up by more than one-third. with this plan, we intend to modernize federal i.t. by replacing outdated systems that are vulnerable to attack. i want to say as an aside here, one of the biggest gaps between the public sector and private sector is in our i.t. space. it makes everybody's information vulnerable. our social security system still runs on a platform that dates back to the '60s. our irs systems are archaic as with a whole host of other agencies that are consistently collecting data on every american. if we're going to really secure those in a serious way, then we need to upgrade them. and that is something that we should all be able to agree on. this is not an ideological issue. doesn't matter whether there's a
democratic or republican president. if you have broken, old systems, computers, mainframes, software that doesn't work anymore, then you can keep on putting a bunch of patch on it but it's not going to make it safe. we have 400 people in the social security administration whose job is to continually deal with this ancient software because it's consistently breaking down or insecure. we have software in the federal government now where the software operator does not exist anymore. yet we're expected to provide the kinds of service, security and privacy to americans based on these leaking systems. so that's going to have to change. we're also going to reform the way government manages and responds to cyber threats. we will invest in cyber security education. we're going to build on the work that we have done to recruit the best talent in america in i.t.
and in cyber security. we're also going to create the first ever federal chief information security officer who can oversee these activities across agencies and across the federal government as well as make sure that the federal government is interacting more effectively with the private sector which obviously contains a huge amount of vital and critical infrastructure and has to be protected. we're going to work throughout this process to make sure that security also means privacy. so with the help of companies like google, facebook, microsoft and visa, we're going to empower americans to help themselves and make sure that they are safe online with an extra layer of security like a fingerprint or a code set to your cell phone. finally, i'm going to establish a new high level commission on cyber security to help us gather the best ideas from outside of government to focus on long-term solutions. some of these issues are ones
that we can solve relatively quickly but in an area where technology is constantly evolving, we have to make sure that we are setting up a long-term plan anticipating where i.t. is going and anticipating where the cyber security threats are going to be. so we're going to work with congress to appoint a broad bipartisan group of top business, strategic and technical thinkers. and i look forward to receiving their report by the end of this year to help guide not just my administration but future administrations in how to think about this problem. government does not obviously have all the answers whether it comes to this area. in fact, because of the explosion of the internet and its utilization by almost every person on the planet now, we're going to have to play some catchup. but this action plan that we put
forward is a critical and vital start. it builds on the fine work that's been done and the lesson -- hard lessons that have been learned by many agencies over the course of the last several years. some of the best practices that we have been able to establish. it builds on the u.s. digital team of top silicon valley engineers that we have been able to recruit to work in various agencies where they have got some problems that cropped up. but if we are able to execute this in an effective way and if congress provides us the beth te budgetary support to make this happen -- they should. i spoke to the speaker directly about this. and indicated the degree to which this is an important bipartisan effort and we should all be concerned about it. if we do there right, then not only are we going to be able to make government safer and securer, the data that's collected safer and securer, but help individual families and businesses to protect those things that are most important
to them and to realize their full potential in the digital age. so i want to thank all the agencies who are represented here. the last point i will make is that i'm going to be holding their feet to the fire to make sure that they execute on this in a timely fashion. all right? thank you, everybody. thank you, guys. on the next washington journal, the results of the new hampshire primary. then we look ahead to the south carolina republican primary on february 20th and the nevada democratic caucuses the same day. you can join the conversation with your calls and comments on facebook and twitter. road to the white house began in iowa. the caucuses which date back to 1972. then we move to new hampshire, that first in the nation primary which has a long and rich
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