Archive: Homeland Defense

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TSA Plans To Add More Bomb Sniffing Dogs To Checkpoints This Summer

Amid expectations for even higher airline travel this summer than last, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is adding more personnel and bomb sniffing dog teams at airports to enhance security and minimize checkpoint wait times, an agency official told a House panel on Thursday. TSA will have 50 more passenger screening canine teams in place […]

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen

DHS Issues Cyber Security Strategy While White House Eliminates Cyber Position

The Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday released its strategy for securing the homeland against cyber attacks and illicit cyber activity, the same day the White House reportedly eliminated the position of cyber security coordinator from the National Security Council. The new strategy, which creates a framework for DHS to carry out its cyber security […]

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.).

Bipartisan Group Of Senators Introduce Counter Drone Bill To Protect Homeland Assets

A small bipartisan group of Senators on Monday introduced legislation that would give the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice authorities to defeat threats posed by unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to certain facilities and assets. The bill comes as the two departments are completing work on a proposal to Congress for legislative authorities to disrupt […]

Transportation Security Administration Administrator David Pekoske.

TSA Wants Parallel Procurements Of CT Systems And Advanced Screening Lanes At Airports

As the Transportation Security Administration prepares to further test and hopefully deploy next-generation technology at airport security checkpoints, the agency wants to align the procurements of new carry-on baggage scanners and the related automated baggage handling systems that feed parcels into scanners and then extracts them, according to the agency’s chief. The computed-tomography (CT)-based scanners […]

Amy Rall, group vice president for Homeland Security and Critical Infrastructure at Unisys Federal. Photo: Unisys

Unisys To Begin Networking TSA Screening Systems With Pilot Effort

After being cleared in April to begin work on a security network integration program for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Unisys [UIS] and the agency are developing plans to first pilot the solution this summer at an airport. The pilot at Dulles International Airport, which Unisys expects will occur throughout this summer and into the […]

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DHS Wants Ideas For 21st Century Cyber Security Workforce

After finding that the government’s traditional approaches to hiring and retaining personnel for cyber security needs are outdated, the Department of Homeland Security is seeking input on 21st century approaches to its human capital needs for the federal cyber security workforce. “To modernize the civil service for cybersecurity work, DHS has revisited some of the […]

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Coast Guard Slammed For Being Slow To Adopt Blue Technologies

The top Republican and Democrat on a House panel that oversees policymaking for the Coast Guard on Tuesday criticized the service for taking too much time to adopt new technologies for the maritime domain that can be used on their capital assets to help fill operational gaps. “You’re the smallest force, you have the fewest […]

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Northrop Grumman Begins Development Of Next-Generation DHS Biometric System

Work is well underway by Northrop Grumman [NOC] to develop a new cloud-based biometric system for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that will provide more robust capabilities in a flexible, scalable architecture to meet current and future needs, David Grauel, the government’s program manager for the biometric system, said last week. Northrop Grumman was […]