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National Guard Officials Ready Midterm Election Security Response, Call For Improved DHS Assistance

Top National Guard officials say their cyber components have improved capabilities for incident response since the 2016 election, but have not received calls to assist with active election security support efforts ahead of the upcoming November midterms. Maj. Gen. Michael Stone and Col. Kenneth Donnelly, of the Michigan and Louisiana National Guards, respectively, told attendees […]


Security Agencies Warn Of Foreign Influence Campaigns

Institutions of democracy in America continue to be threatened by foreign influence campaigns led by Russia, China, Iran and others, U.S. departments and agencies warned in a joint statement last Friday. “We are concerned about ongoing campaigns by Russia, China and other foreign actors, including Iran, to undermine confidence in democratic institutions and influence public […]

Remote Video Surveillance System sensor suite atop a monopole. Photo: General Dynamics

CBP Wants Greater Sensor Integration On Borders, Lower Life-Cycle Costs With Technology

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials that oversee border security technology programs are considering new approaches to their overall efforts with desired outcomes including more integrated command and control centers, more interoperability among systems, more capability, and lower life-cycle costs. The CBP Border Patrol Program Management Office Directorate has 17 different programs, many of them […]

Transportation Security Administration Administrator David Pekoske.

Pekoske Sees CT Systems Eventually Rolling Out To All Airports

Airports in the U.S. big and small can eventually expect to have next-generation scanning systems deployed at security checkpoints to screen travelers’ carry-on bags, David Pekoske, the administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), said on Wednesday. The computed tomography (CT)-based scanners have been used in U.S. airports since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks […]

Customs and Border Protection is implementing facial recognition checks for travelers departing the U.S. by air. Photo: CBP

TSA Issues Biometric Roadmap To Enhance Security, Improve Traveler Experience

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on Monday issued its first roadmap for the adoption of biometric technologies to strengthen aviation security while improving the passenger experience at airports and, like its sister agency Customs and Border Protection (CBP), it plans to focus on facial recognition technology. The roadmap puts forth four goals for the biometric […]

Coast Guard icebreaker Polar Star. The cutter was built by the former Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company and was commissioned in 1977. (Photo: Coast Guard)

Eliminating Polar Security Cutter Funds In FY ’19 Will Delay Program, Coast Guard Official Warns

If House appropriators prevail in their markup over the summer to zero funding to construct the first new heavy polar icebreaker in 40 years, the program will be delayed and also call into question the nation’s commitment to recapitalizing its icebreaker fleet, the Coast Guard’s top acquisition official said on Thursday. Existing funding for the […]

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen

DHS Has No Evidence Chinese Microchips Used To Compromise Supply Chain, Nielsen Says

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told a Senate panel on Wednesday that her department doesn’t have any evidence supporting a media report last week that computer servers supplied by California-based Super Micro Computer, Inc. contain microchips inserted by Chinese suppliers that can be used to spy on networks using the servers. Companies that allegedly have […]

Christopher Krebs, Undersecretary of the National Protection and Programs Directorate at DHS. Krebs would lead the new Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

Senate Passes Bill To Operationalize DHS Cyber Protection Agency

The Senate Wednesday evening passed a bill to operationalize the Department of Homeland Security’s main cyber security unit as the agency looks to continue improving election security and critical infrastructure protection efforts against growing cyber threats. The bill renames DHS’ National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) as the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and […]


In FAA Bill, Senate Passes TSA Reauthorization, Counter-Drone Measures

The Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a five-year reauthorization bill for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that includes additional legislative measures that would also reauthorize the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and provide limited authorities to the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice to deploy technologies to defeat potential threats from aerial drones. The bipartisan FAA […]

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen

Nielsen: More Funding For States, NPPD Reorganization Bill Needed To Ensure Election Security

The lead official for the Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday she is urging state election officials to push Congress for increased election security funding and calling on the Senate to pass a long-standing bill to operationalize a cyber protection office in the department before the year’s end. DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told attendees at […]