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Artist's rendering of a GPS III satellite. Image: Lockheed Martin.

Air Force’s OCX, FAB-T Programs Face New Delays

Two troubled U.S. Air Force space-related acquisition efforts — the Global Positioning System (GPS) Next Generation Operational Control System (OCX) and the Family of Advanced Beyond Line of Sight Terminal (FAB-T) – have experienced another round of delays. The Air Force said in a statement late July 31 that it expects OCX Blocks 1 and […]

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House Committee Calls On Federal Agencies For All Documents On Kaspersky

A House committee is cracking down on the use of anti-virus software supplied by Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Labs, with a letter sent out to 22 agencies calling for all information regarding any possible use of the company’s products, which is expected of potential ties to the Kremlin House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman […]

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FY 2018 Intelligence Bills Clear Senate Panel, Full House

House and Senate lawmakers both advanced their respective versions of the fiscal year 2018 intelligence authorization bill July 28. The full House passed its bill (H.R. 3180) by a 380-35 vote, while the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) announced that it approved its version by a 14-1 vote. The latter measure now heads to […]

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.

Border Security Bills Introduced In House

House Homeland Security Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) on Friday introduced a border security bill that targets billions of dollars in funding for physical barriers and to strengthen security at the nation’s ports of entry but also calls for specific technology deployments at various sectors along the northern and southern borders of the United States. […]

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House Committee Approves Bill To Establish DHS Cyber Security Agency

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is one step closer to having a consolidated agency to direct cyber and critical infrastructure protection efforts under one operation after a House panel voted unanimously Wednesday to move forward with a bill to authorize and re-designate the National Protection Programs and Directorate (NPPD) as the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure […]

Army Gen. Mark Milley, chief of staff of the Army, addresses the National Guard Association of the United States 138th General Conference, Baltimore, Md., Sept. 10, 2016. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jim Greenhill)

Army Chief: Lack Of Confirmed Service Secretary ‘Not Catastrophic’

The Army has been without an appointed senior civilian for more than six months, but the service has not felt a particular lack of leadership even though the Trump Administration has failed to install a secretary, according to Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley. “I would argue that not having a … full-fledged secretary of […]

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Senate Committee Approves DHS Acquisition Oversight Measures

A Senate committee unanimously approved two bills Wednesday intended to cut down on wasteful spending in the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) $7 billion major acquisition account by establishing a review board to overlook the process and creating a system to alert department officials and Congress of potential fraud and over-budget projects. The Senate Homeland […]

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Lawmakers Seek To Block Funding For Space Corps, Space-Based Missile Defense

As the full House gears up to consider its fiscal year 2018 defense appropriations bill this week, lawmakers have submitted more than 140 amendments for potential consideration, including proposals to block funding for creating a space corps and developing space-based missile defenses. An amendment by Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) would deny money needed to implement […]

Raven is among the small UAVs deployed by special operations. Photo: AeroVironment

Border Patrol Plans Small UAS Evaluations This Year

The Border Patrol in September plans to conduct operational tests of three different types of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) at different border locations to help evaluate requirements and assess capabilities, an agency official said on Tuesday. The testing will include a short-range quadcopter UAS that can stay aloft about 30 minutes, a Raven UAS […]