Archive: Homeland Defense

Transportation Security Administration Administrator David Pekoske.

TSA Updates Technology Investment Plan

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) last week released an updated version of its 2015 technology investment plan that outlines changes in its development and acquisition expectations, new initiatives, and cyber security efforts that arose following a breach of government personnel records two years ago. The new plan also describes the way ahead for screening of […]

DHS Assistant secretary for the Office of Cyber Security and Communications. Photo: Department of Homeland Security.

Manfra Looking For New Models Of Cyber Security Collaboration

Building on the lessons learned from its response to the global WannaCry ransomware attack carried out by North Korea in May, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is examining sustainable ways to enhance how it works with the private sector to prevent, respond to, and recover from cyber security incidents. The department is looking to […]

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

Blaming North Korea For WannaCry, White House Wants Greater Cooperation With Industry

The Trump administration on Tuesday publicly attributed a global ransomware attack earlier this year to the North Korean government, saying the release of the WannaCry malware demonstrates the need for the government and industry to further enhance their collaboration to better secure the U.S. and its critical infrastructures from cyber threats. In addition to the […]

Federal Aviation Administration National Capital Region No Drone Zone signage. Graphic: Federal Aviation Administration.

FAA Bans Drone Flights Over Seven Energy Department Sites

The Federal Aviation Administration on Monday announced that it is prohibiting flights of unmanned aerial vehicles over seven Department of Energy sites around the country. Drone flights will be banned from the surface to 400 feet above ground level at the Hanford Site in Washington state, the Pantex Plant in Texas, the Los Alamos National […]

Artist rendering of Coast Guard cubesat.

Coast Guard Planning Launch Of First Satellites

The Coast Guard in 2018, with the help of other government partners, is planning to launch its first ever satellites, which will be used to demonstrate the use of the platforms for search and rescue mission in the Arctic region. One of the Coast Guard’s partners, the Science and Technology branch of the Department of […]


New CWMD Office Will Integrate Chem-Bio Needs Into DNDO Business Model

The stand up last week of a new office within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that consolidates support operations across the spectrum of threats from weapons of mass destruction (WMD) will be able to build on existing authorities intelligence analysis and capabilities development in the radiological and nuclear detection space and apply those to […]

Christopher Krebs, the Department of Homeland Security Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate

DHS Official Praises House Passage of Infrastructure Cyber Security Reorganization Bill

The Department of Homeland Security’s lead infrastructure security official offered praise Tuesday for legislation the House has passed to reorganize the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) to its own operational agency with critical infrastructure protection authorities, including over election systems. The bill, passed yesterday in the House by a voice vote, renames and elevates […]

Kirstjen Nielsen being sworn  in as the new DHS Secretary on Dec. 6. Photo: DHS.

DHS Unifying Counter WMD Support In Response To Evolving Threats

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Thursday rolled out a new office that consolidates existing organizations that work to protect the U.S. against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats to establish a more holistic and unified approach to combat weapons of mass destruction (WMD). “The United States faces rising danger from terrorist groups and […]

Kevin McAleenan, deputy commissioner of Customs and Border Protection. Photo: CBP

CBP Plans To Add Facial Recognition To Trusted Traveler Program

Having already committed to using facial recognition technology to verify the identities of foreign nationals departing the U.S. on international flights, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) plans to add the technology to its premier trusted traveler program for participating U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents returning to the country by air, the agency’s senior official […]