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Incoming HAC-HS Chair Roybal-Allard Supports New Icebreaker, S&T Over Border Wall

Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.), who is likely to become chairwoman of the House panel that oversees funding for the Department of Homeland Security, has said she opposes hefty increases in spending on physical barriers along the southern border in favor of a number of other priorities, including a new heavy polar icebreaker for the Coast […]

World Tourism Council, CBP, Other Stakeholders Partner on Biometric Tech Pilots

The World Tourism and Travel Council (WTTC), U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and other stakeholders are partnering in a new series of biometric-enabled technology demonstrations aimed at making international travel more seamless and secure. The WTTC said in late October that a pilot evaluation slated to begin in the first half of 2019 will feature […]


The Department of Homeland Security Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office has awarded a non-competitive sole-source contract to Hassett & Willis Associates to provide systems engineering and technical assistance services to maintain support for early detection and response to a biological terrorism event for the BioWatch program. The award is a bridge contract for up […]

Rendering of LPD 29 amphibious transport dock. Work on the new ship helped boost HII's sales in the third quarter. Rendering: HII

Huntington Ingalls Posts Strong Third Quarter Results

Huntington Ingalls Industries [HII] on Thursday reported a strong third quarter with sales higher mainly on Navy and Coast Guard programs and earnings up on the higher revenue, lower taxes, a favorable change in workers’ compensation expense and a pension benefit. Net income increased 54 percent to $229 million, $5.29 earnings per share (EPS), from […]

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Most DoD Supply Chain Technology Funding Goes To IT Sustainment, Report Says

The Defense Department spent nearly $80 billion on supply chain technology from fiscal years 2014 to 2017 and most of the spending, $57.8 billion, went toward sustaining information technology (IT), according to a recent report by the strategic research and advisory firm Govini. Annually, DoD is spending about $23 billion on supply chain technology with […]

Brian Harrell, President Donald Trump's nominee to be Assistant Secretary of DHS for Infrastructure Protection. Photo. The Cutlass Group

Trump Taps Duke Energy Security Chief For DHS Infrastructure Protection Job

President Trump on Monday night nominated Brian Harrell, who manages security for Duke Energy [DUK], to be assistant secretary for Infrastructure Protection at the Department of Homeland Security. If confirmed by the Senate, Harrell will fill a spot that has been vacant for the past two months. The Office of Infrastructure Protection coordinates national policies […]

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Symantec Acquires Firms Offering Enterprise, Mobile Security Capabilities

The cyber security software company Symantec [SYMC] on Monday said it has made two acquisitions that provide it with capabilities to protect enterprises against active directory-based attacks and help secure mobile applications. The acquisition of privately-held Javelin Networks provides Symantec with capability to counter threats to Microsoft Active Directory services, which are an increasingly popular […]

ANSER President and CEO Carmen Spencer. Photo: ANSER

ANSER Acquires Small Technical Services Firm Serving DoD, Federal Agencies

The non-profit federal professional services company Analytic Services Inc. (ANSER) last week said it has acquired Domain X Technologies, a small firm that provides subject matter expertise across a range of technical needs to customers with the Defense and Homeland Security Departments and other federal agencies. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. DXT is […]