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RVSS Expansion on Hold. Customs and Border Protection has delayed its plans to expand a sensor system along the southwest and northern borders. The agency told interested vendors in a Nov. 21 announcement that “it no longer intends to release a solicitation towards the end of calendar year 2017, or at any time in the […]

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Senate Appropriators Direct DHS Accelerate Program To Protect Federal Networks

Senate appropriators are proposing a slight increase in overall operations and procurement accounts for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) cyber security efforts, including additional funds to accelerate a program that protects helps protect the networks of federal civilian departments and agencies. The Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) is recommending $992.6 million for operations and support, […]

Senate Appropriators Direct DHS Accelerate Program To Protect Federal Networks

Senate appropriators are proposing a slight increase in overall operations and procurement accounts for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) cyber security efforts, including additional funds to accelerate a program that protects helps protect the networks of federal civilian departments and agencies. The Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) is recommending $992.6 million for operations and support, […]

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Cochran’s Mark For DHS Provides For 10th National Security Cutter

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) on Tuesday released his funding recommendations for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in FY ’18, including construction of a 10th National Security Cutter (NSC) for the Coast Guard and long-lead material funds for the 11th vessel. The Coast Guard’s program of record for the 418-foot high-endurance NSCs […]

Cochran’s Mark For DHS Provides For 10th National Security Cutter

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) on Tuesday released his funding recommendations for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in FY ’18, including construction of a 10th National Security Cutter (NSC) for the Coast Guard and long-lead material funds for the 11th vessel. The Coast Guard’s program of record for the 418-foot high-endurance NSCs […]

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GSA Picks 61 Companies For Potential $50 Billion IT Contract Vehicle

The General Services Administration (GSA) on Monday awarded its new government wide acquisition contract vehicle, selecting 61 companies to compete for up to $50 billion in customized information technology (IT) services and solutions for various departments and agencies. The Alliant 2 unrestricted contract vehicle follows up the current Alliant vehicle, which allows departments and agencies […]

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Democratic Task Force Seeks $400 Million For State Elections Security

Leaders of a House Democratic task force that has warned the nation’s elections infrastructure is susceptible to potential cyber breaches have asked the House Appropriations Committee to provide $400 million for states to better secure their election systems. “Our findings demonstrate that there is an urgent need for federal funding to help states secure their […]

Defense Watch

Budget Uncertainty. Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, said it is unclear how Congress will keep the government funded when the current continuing resolution (CR) runs out Dec. 8. “I don’t see how this ends,” Smith said Nov. 15 at a special operations policy forum. “Increasingly, there are people […]

Kaspersky Products On Systems Of 15 Percent Of Federal Civilian Agencies, DHS Official Says

Preliminary findings of a mandatory review of federal computer networks for the presence of a Russian-made anti-virus software that may actually pose an information security risk show that the products are on computer systems of about 15 percent of civilian agencies, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official disclosed on Nov. 14. So far, 94 […]

General Atomics Acquires U.S.-Based Operation Of Surrey Satellite Technology

General Atomics (GA) on Nov. 13 said it has acquired the majority of assets of the Colorado-based operation of Britain’s Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL) to support the growth plans of its Electromagnetic Systems Group (EMS) in the development and delivery of small satellite and advanced payload systems. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. SSTL […]