Archive: Homeland Defense


House Committee Passes Homeland Security Bills

The House Homeland Security Committee last Thursday unanimously approved four bills related to cyber, supply chain, border and aviation security.  The Strengthening Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Coordination in our Ports Act of 2017 (H.R. 3101) directs the Department of Homeland Security to develop and execute a cyber security risk assessment model for the maritime community. […]

Thomas Bossert, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism. Photo: Atlantic Council.

Bossert Suggests ‘National Power’ Means Will Applied To Cyber Deterrence

The Trump administration’s approach to deterring bad behavior in cyberspace will probably center around more traditional means rather than using offensive cyber capabilities, a senior White House official said on Wednesday. In early August, a joint interagency report was due to the White House on “strategic options” for cyber security deterrence and to better protect […]

A General Atomics Predator. Photo: General Atomics

Coast Guard Surveys Market For Land-Based, Long-Range UAS

The Coast Guard on Wednesday issued a Request for Information for land-based high-endurance drone aircraft to help it examine the potential of these systems to patrol vast ocean areas for illegal drug shipments. Earlier this year Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft said the service wants to obtain land-based, forward-deployed unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to […]

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GSA Issues New Task Order Request For DHS Cyber Security Program

The General Services Administration (GSA) on Aug. 22 issued a new task order request as part of a cyber security program managed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that helps federal civilian agencies enhance their cyber defenses. The task order request applies to all four phases of the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program […]

Battelle's counter-UAS DroneDefender being operated by U.S. soldier. Photo: Battelle

Battelle, Dedrone Partner For Comprehensive Counter UAS Solution

Battelle and a small company that has developed a drone tracking software platform have agreed to partner on an end-to-end counter unmanned aircraft system (UAS) solution. The non-exclusive memorandum of understanding between Battelle, which has developed a handheld remote-controlled system to defend against small UAS, and California-based Dedrone, is aimed creating a comprehensive drone defeat […]

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DHS Officials Say Select Border Fencing Has Helped In The Past

Physical barriers that have been erected in the past 10 years along select stretches of the United States’ border with Mexico have helped stem the flow of illegal activity, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials said on Tuesday ahead of a visit by President Donald Trump to the border in Arizona. In the Yuma, Ariz., […]

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Verizon To Build, Operate Private Network For Public Safety

Just as a national effort has begun rolling out for wireless broadband networks for use by first responders, Verizon Communications [VZ] on Wednesday said it plans to build and operate its own private network core dedicated to public safety communications. Verizon said its new public safety network, won’t require states to drop out of the […]

Unidentified traveler submitting a fingerprint at a Customs and Border Protection workstation. Photo: CBP

CBP Expands Biometric Exit Deployments

Customs and Border Protection said it has deployed biometric exit technology to two additional U.S. airports to help verify the departure of foreign nationals from the country on select international flights, bringing to six the number of airports that the agency is evaluating the technology and operating concept. The additional airports for the Traveler Verification […]

A Coast Guard-built unmanned surface vessel, although not designed for ice operations, maneuvers easily between ice floes. Photo: Coast Guard

Unmanned Systems Featured In Coast Guard’s Arctic Technology Evaluation

The Coast Guard is evaluating several types of unmanned systems during this summer’s annual Arctic Technology Evaluation aboard the medium icebreaker Healy, including surface, subsurface and aircraft systems. The testing is being done by officials from the Coast Guard’s Research and Development Center aboard the Healy, and also includes technology for oil spills, low visibility […]

A U.S. Border Patrol agent conducts a routine patrol along the U.S. border with Canada in Montana. Photo: CBP

DHS Northern Border Report Says Illegal Drug Flow Most Common Threat

There are relatively few illegal border crossings from Canada into the U.S. and the most common threat the U.S. faces in terms of illegal activity along its northern border is the two-way flow of illicit drugs, according to a new report the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) delivered to Congress. The report says that for […]