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Kirstjen Nielsen being sworn  in as the new DHS Secretary on Dec. 6. Photo: DHS.

DHS Unifying Counter WMD Support In Response To Evolving Threats

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Thursday rolled out a new office that consolidates existing organizations that work to protect the U.S. against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats to establish a more holistic and unified approach to combat weapons of mass destruction (WMD). “The United States faces rising danger from terrorist groups and […]

The sunshield for the James Webb Space Telescope. (Photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman)

Webb Telescope’s Launch Slips To 2019

The launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, which was scheduled for October 2018, will be delayed five to eight months because integration and testing are taking longer than expected, a NASA official said Dec. 6. The liftoff of the $8.8 billion, Northrop Grumman [NOC]-built observatory is now expected to occur sometime between March and June […]

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

Senate Confirms Kirstjen Nielsen As New Homeland Security Secretary

The Senate voted Tuesday to confirm Kirstjen Nielsen as the next secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. The vote to appoint the former White House aide was 62 to 37, with several Democrats and independents supporting her nomination to lead DHS. Sens. Chris Coons (D-Del.), Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Mark Warner (D-Va.) […]

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House Intelligence Committee Approves Bill To Extend FISA Section 702 Through 2021

A House panel approved a bill Friday to re-authorize an intelligence community surveillance program which allows for the collection of information on foreign adversaries and terrorists located outside the U.S. without the need for a warrant. The House Intelligence Committee voted 13-8 to extend Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) for another […]

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SASC OKs Lockheed Executive For DoD Policy Post

The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) approved Lockheed Martin [LMT] executive John Rood to be undersecretary of defense for policy Nov. 30 despite concerns among some lawmakers about the number of Pentagon appointees who hail from top defense firms. Those concerns flared at a Nov. 16 hearing, where Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the committee’s chairman, […]

Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee. Photo from Facebook profile.

Top HASC Democrat Urges More Foreign Partnerships To Ease Demand On U.S. Military

Faced with budget constraints that are unlikely to ease anytime soon, the U.S. military should build more relationships with foreign countries to counter threats in a more cost-effective way, according to the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee (HASC). The military could reduce its overseas presence by making greater use of the kind […]

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Paper-Based Voting Machines, Increased Funding Necessary For Improved Election System Cyber Security

Paperless voting systems, routine audits and increased funding for state and local election officials are essential components needed to ensure the cyber security of voting infrastructure in the face of continued interference in elections, according to witnesses at a House hearing Wednesday. The House Subcommittees on Information Technology (IT) and Intergovernmental Affairs discussed election system […]

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Democrat Introduces Bill To Strengthen Surface Transportation Security

Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (N.J.), the second ranking Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee, on Tuesday introduced legislation that would increase funding for transportation security grants, add more federal mobile security teams and bomb-sniffing dogs, and provide other measures to better secure surface transportation assets. The Surface Transportation and Public Area Security Act of […]

A T-6A Texan II trainer jet. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Air Force Base Grounds T-6A Trainers After Physiological Events

Vance Air Force Base in Oklahoma has grounded its T-6A Texan II trainer planes while it investigates a series of recent physiological events, the Air Force said last week. Flights of the turboprops were suspended Nov. 15 after instructor and student pilots reported four physiological incidents since Nov. 1, the Air Force said. While the […]