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DoD, Congress In ‘Dialogue’ On Proposed Space Corps

Prompted by a controversial House-passed proposal to create a space corps in the Air Force Department, the Department of Defense has begun a “very good dialogue” with Congress on how military space activities should be organized, according to Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord. “I think what we’re doing right now is having a very healthy […]

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee

Thornberry Encouraging DoD To Request Funds Via Hurricane Relief; Comments on Mishaps

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) said Thursday he is suggesting to the Defense Department that it request more funding in upcoming disaster relief bills likely to come up in Congress soon. Back in September, before the last continuing resolution (CR) keeping the government open through early December passed (Defense Daily, Sept. 8), […]

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.)

Senate Intel Leads Say States To Face Future Election Interference

The Senate Intelligence Committee has not completed its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections, but has gathered enough evidence to affirm that active measures by Russia will continue and state and local officials must take all steps to protect their voting systems for upcoming elections. Committee Chairman Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and […]

Two Afghan Air Force A-29 Super Tucanos fly over Kabul in 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo)

U.S. Military Ups Air Strikes In Afghanistan

The U.S. military has stepped up air strikes against enemy forces in Afghanistan as part of the Trump administration’s new strategy for the war-torn country, Defense Secretary James Mattis said Oct. 3. The increased air activity, which is at its highest level in five years, is “embedded in the revised strategy,” Mattis testified before the […]

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Following SEC Response To Cyber Breach, DHS Mulls Stronger Role In Federal Civilian Incidents

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is reviewing how it goes about responding to cyber security incidents across the federal civilian government even if an agency doesn’t request help, a department official said on Tuesday. In 2016, a computer system used by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to receive corporate financial disclosures was breached. […]

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Senators Introduce Homeland Security, Critical Infrastructure Legislation

Several senators this week introduced bills to improve terrorism response procedures, improve travel safety accountability, and ensure the cyber resiliency of critical electrical grid infrastructure. The bipartisan legislation was introduced Wednesday and Thursday in the Senate. Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) announced the Reporting Efficiently to Proper Officials in Response to Terrorism […]

Two Afghan Air Force A-29 Super Tucanos fly over Kabul in 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo)

A-29 Aircraft Sale To Nigeria Clears Hill

A controversial proposal to sell 12 A-29 Super Tucano light-attack aircraft to Nigeria is moving ahead after Congress took no action to block it. The U.S. State Department formally notified Capitol Hill of the potential deal Aug. 2, saying the $593 million transaction, including weapons, training, spare parts and support equipment, would help Nigeria fight terrorist […]

Nicholas Rasmussen, director of the National Counterterrorism Center. Photo: NCTC

Threats To Aviation On The Rise, U.S. Counterterroism Chief Warns

There are several changes in the terrorist threat landscape over the past year, including new threats to aviation security, the head of the U.S. agency responsible for leading the nation’s counter-terrorism efforts said on Wednesday. There has been a “resurgence of aviation threats,” in the past year, “reaching a level of concern we in the […]

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GAO Lauds TSA’s Program For Assessing Foreign Airport Security, But Better Data Needed

In the past few years the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has strengthened its program for assessing security at foreign airports with flights into the U.S. although it needs better data to better understand shortcomings in some areas, a government auditor told a House panel on Tuesday. Despite TSA’s efforts, some overseas airports aren’t able to […]

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Senate NDAA Calls On DoD To Address Cyber Personnel Recruitment Challenges

The Senate’s recently passed defense authorization bill includes several amendments to address ongoing challenges the Defense Department has with recruiting and retaining cyber personnel. Amendments made to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2018, passed Monday in the Senate, direct the secretary of defense to compile a report on training cyber-focused forces […]