Archive: Homeland Defense


Airport Executive Suggests Aviation Industry Needs Mandated Cyber Security Standards

Cyber security standards and best practices don’t appear to be widely adopted by airports and given pervasive cyber threats Congress should consider directing the adoption of these standards across the aviation industry, an airport executive told a House panel on Thursday. Citing a 2015 survey, Michael Stephens, executive vice president for Information Technology and General […]

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ManTech Nabs $668 Million Cyber Security Order To Help Protect Federal Agencies

ManTech International [MANT] on Wednesday said it has been awarded a potential $668 million contract through the General Service Administration (GSA) to support the Department of Homeland Security’s Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program that helps federal civilian agencies protect their networks. The six-year task order was awarded under the CDM Dynamic and Evolving Federal […]

Computed tomography carry-on baggage scanner supplied by Smiths Detection being tested at Los Angeles International Airport. Photo: TSA

Pekoske Touts Operational Testing Results For CT Scanners At Checkpoints

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is in the final phases of operational testing of next-generation parcel scanners for use at airport security checkpoints with the program on track and producing good results, David Pekoske, the agency’s chief, said on Wednesday. “I am very pleased so far with the results” of the ongoing operational testing and […]


House Passes Slew Of Homeland, Cyber Security Bills

The House On Tuesday evening and Wednesday approved a number of bills dealing with homeland and cyber security, including legislation to enhance cyber deterrence, strengthen the Department of Homeland Security’s role in countering potential threat drones, and codify the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) cyber security program within DHS. All but one bill, 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

Planned Heavy Polar Icebreaker Fleet Pegged At $10 Billion; Program Faces Risks, GAO Says

The estimated life-cycle costs for the Coast Guard’s planned fleet of three heavy polar icebreakers is $9.8 billion and the program faces a number of risks, including design, technology, cost and schedule, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The cost estimate includes acquisition, operations and maintenance of the icebreakers over […]

USCGC Waesche, the second NSC delivered to the Coast Guard, arrives in Pearl Harbor, June 25, 2014, to participate in the 24th Rim of The Pacific exercise, the largest  multi-national maritime exercise in the world, which is held biennially off the coast of Hawaii. Photo: Coast Guard

Structural Enhancements Completed On Second National Security Cutter

The Coast Guard last Friday said that it has completed structural enhancements on its second National Security Cutter (NSC), the last of the Legend-class cutters that needed the extra work during the post-production phase to ensure they meet their 30-year design fatigue life. The work on the Coast Guard Cutter Waesche was completed on Aug. […]

Hidalgo Port Director Carlos Rodriguez inaugurates facial comparison testing at Anzalduas International Bridge. Photo: CBP

CBP Begins Facial Comparison Evaluation Of Travelers In Vehicles

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on Thursday began a technical demonstration of facial recognition technology aimed at travelers entering and departing the U.S. in vehicles. The evaluation, which could last up to a year, is deployed at the Anzalduas International Bridge Port of Entry in Texas at two entry lanes and two departure lanes that […]

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House Commerce Committee Republicans Urge DHS, MITRE To Improve Management Of Cyber Security Database

Following a committee investigation that lasted more than a year, Republican leaders on the House Energy and Commerce Committee have asked the Department of Homeland Security and one of its contractors to reform a database that includes a list of publicly disclosed cyber security vulnerabilities and exposures. The legislators recommend in separate letters that the […]