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Fortem Technologies' DroneHunter counter UAS system can track and monitor small drone threats. The system can also shoot a net at an airborne drone to disable it and lower to the ground. Photo: Fortem Technologies

Counter Drone Measure Included In Bipartisan House, Senate FAA Agreement

House and Senate conferees last Saturday evening reached agreement on a bipartisan, long-term reauthorization bill for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that includes legislation allowing the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice to counter threats posed by drones in limited circumstances. The counter unmanned aircraft system (UAS) legislation also allows DHS to research, develop and […]

Dems Bill Would Ban Already-Funded Low-Yield Nuclear Warhead

Democrats in the House and Senate on Tuesday unveiled legislative language that would ban research, development, manufacturing, and fielding of the planned low-yield, submarine-launched ballistic-missile warhead for which Congress approved $65 million in funding during the fiscal year that begins in 13 days. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) sponsored the House bill, with co-sponsors Reps. John Garamendi (D-Calif.), […]

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Final Defense Spending Bill Increases Funding For Stryker Hull Upgrades

Congress has matched the Army’s $4.1 billion vehicle budget request in the final version of the fiscal year 2019 spending bill, while including a $200 million increase for Stryker upgrades needed to complete critical conversions to the modernized double-v hull variant. The final version of the House and Senate’s conference defense appropriations bill includes a […]

An F-35 Lightning II instructor pilot with the 58th Fighter Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base conducts aerial refueling for certification at Eglin Air Force Base, Fl, May 13, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. John R. Nimmo, Sr./RELEASED)

F-35 Procurement Flying High in FY ‘19 Defense Appropriations Bill

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is emerging as a big winner in the fiscal year 2019 defense spending bill, as congressional leaders have included over a dozen additional aircraft over what was authorized in the FY’19 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Appropriators released Sept. 13 the conference report for the H.R. 6157 “minibus” bill, which […]

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House Committee Passes Counter UAS, Cyber, Border Security Bills

In likely its last markup this year, the House Homeland Security Committee on Thursday unanimously approved five bills dealing with cyber and border security and countering drones, sending them to the House for consideration. One bill, the Hack the Department of Homeland Security Act of 2017 (S. 1281), passed the Senate earlier this year. The […]

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Airport Executive Suggests Aviation Industry Needs Mandated Cyber Security Standards

Cyber security standards and best practices don’t appear to be widely adopted by airports and given pervasive cyber threats Congress should consider directing the adoption of these standards across the aviation industry, an airport executive told a House panel on Thursday. Citing a 2015 survey, Michael Stephens, executive vice president for Information Technology and General […]

Computed tomography carry-on baggage scanner supplied by Smiths Detection being tested at Los Angeles International Airport. Photo: TSA

Pekoske Touts Operational Testing Results For CT Scanners At Checkpoints

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is in the final phases of operational testing of next-generation parcel scanners for use at airport security checkpoints with the program on track and producing good results, David Pekoske, the agency’s chief, said on Wednesday. “I am very pleased so far with the results” of the ongoing operational testing and […]

Air Force Secretary Says Space Force Proposal Coming in 2020 Budget Request

The Air Force is putting together a 2020 budget proposal for something that will, more or less, resemble the Space Force President Trump proposed creating as a sixth military service branch, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said here Wednesday. “We expect to put forward a proposal with the President’s budget for FY ’20 that includes […]

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House Passes Slew Of Homeland, Cyber Security Bills

The House On Tuesday evening and Wednesday approved a number of bills dealing with homeland and cyber security, including legislation to enhance cyber deterrence, strengthen the Department of Homeland Security’s role in countering potential threat drones, and codify the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) cyber security program within DHS. All but one bill, the Biometric […]

Inhofe Gets SASC Gavel, Kyl to Fill McCain’s Senate Seat

The shape of the Capitol Hill defense establishment in the post-McCain era formally gelled Wednesday, as Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) became chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Republican John Kyl, a former Senator himself, was sworn in to serve the remainder of the late McCain’s term. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced […]