Author Archives: Calvin Biesecker

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul F. Zukunft. Photo: U.S. Coast Guard

Recent Major Storms Cost Coast Guard $1 Billion, Commandant Says

A wave of hurricanes that smashed portions of the southern U.S. and Puerto Rico in August and September has cost the Coast Guard nearly $1 billion, not to mention impacts to readiness and ongoing operations such as drug interdiction, the service’s top official said on Thursday. The monetary costs are related to the need to […]

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Industry Reps Say DHS Can Improve Quality, Timeliness Of Cyber Threat Information Sharing

Private sector participation remains limited in a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) automated cyber threat information sharing program due to a lack of timeliness in the sharing of the threat indicators with the government and because the information doesn’t contain adequate context, industry officials told a House panel on Wednesday. For companies, it comes down […]


DHS Expects To Have New Northern Border Strategy Ready In January

Following the release over the summer of an assessment of threats on the northern border, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in January plans to publish a new strategy for the northern border that will be followed later in 2018 by an implementation plan, a senior department official said on Tuesday. The updated Northern Border […]

Kirstjen Nielsen, President Donald Trump's nominee to be Secretary of Homeland Security. LinkedIn photo.

Senate Committee Approves Nielsen Nomination To Lead DHS

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee late Tuesday afternoon voted 11 to 4 to advance the nomination of Kirstjen Nielsen to be Secretary of Homeland Security. Four Democrats voted against the nomination: Sens. Tom Carper (Del.), Kamala Harris (Calif.), Margaret Hassan (N.H.) and Gary Peters (Mich.). The confirmation vote was originally planned for […]

DHS Assistant secretary for the Office of Cyber Security and Communications. Photo: Department of Homeland Security.

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 Tuesday. So far, 94 percent […]

Business Opportunities

TSA Hosting Industry Day to Discuss Way Ahead for CT Systems The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will host an Industry Day on Nov. 17 at its TSA Systems Integration Facility to discuss the path forward for computed tomography (CT) systems. The agency uses CT-based systems to scan checked baggage for explosives. TSA is also evaluating […]

Contract Awards

Leidos Nabs $51M in DHS Orders Leidos [LDOS] has received two awards from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for various services. The largest award, a task order worth up to $34 million over five years, requires the company to provide scientific, engineering and technical solutions to the Department of Homeland Security Office of Emergency […]

Tech Developments

L2 Defense Acquires Provider Of Emergency Services Simulation And Training L2 Defense, Inc. has acquired Advanced Technical and Educational Consultants, Inc. (ATEC), a small business that provides simulation and training capabilities to the Defense Department, federal agencies, and state and local emergency responders. Terms of the deal, which was announced on Nov. 2, were not […]

DHS Led Team Demonstrates that Commercial Aircraft Can Be Remotely Hacked

TYSONS, Va.—A team of government, industry and academic officials last year successfully demonstrated that a commercial aircraft could be remotely hacked in a non-laboratory setting, says a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official. “We got the airplane on the 19th of September 2016, two days later I was successful in accomplishing a remote, non-cooperative, penetration,” […]

DHS S&T Launches Biometric Technology Rally

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) branch is beginning a series of technology rallies to evaluate face and iris systems that meet the operational needs of department components. The first event will be held in March 2018 at S&T’s Maryland Test Facility (MdTF) in Upper Marlboro, Md., with the goal being […]