Archive: Homeland Defense


Energy Department Official Outlines Roles Of New Cyber Security Office

A new office created last month by Energy Secretary Rick Perry to strengthen the department’s focus on cyber security will work with government and industry to address threats to the energy sector and focus on research and development efforts with longer term payoffs, a Department of Energy official said on Thursday. “These activities will develop […]

Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command. Photo: U.S. Air Force.

StratCom Chief Says U.S. Nukes ‘Very Close to Zero Percent Modernized’

Although the Department of Energy has nearly finished the first of four ongoing warhead modernization programs, the U.S. nuclear arsenal is “very close to zero-percent modernized,” the general in charge of the Pentagon’s nuclear forces said Wednesday. “We’re starting down that path,” Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, said Wednesday in […]

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

Senate Panel Postpones Markup Of DHS Authorization Bill

With Congress taking a pause during its workday on Wednesday to pay respects to the late Reverend Billy Graham, whose body lay in honor at the Capitol Rotunda, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) held a brief meeting on plans for marking up a bill to reauthorize the Department of […]

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Trump Taps Livermore Hand to Lead NNSA Weapons Programs

President Trump plans to nominate current Lawrence Livermore hand Charles Verdon to lead the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) roughly $9-billion-a-year nuclear weapons portfolio.The White House announced its intention in a press release late Monday. If recommended by the Senate Armed Services Committee and confirmed by the full Senate, Verdon would be put in charge […]

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Lawmakers, Industry Officials Complain Of Inconsistent Vetting Standards Across DHS

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is inconsistent in how it vets contractor employees, adding cost to industry and creating inefficiencies, lawmakers and industry officials said on Tuesday. Different DHS components apply federal “fitness standards” for contractors differently, which “causes difficulties as many contractor employees provide services for multiple DHS components,” Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.), […]

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PlanetRisk Nabs First DHS Contract; Will Support Cyber Security Office

The enterprise risk analytics firm PlanetRisk this month said it won a potential $79 million contract to provide support to the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) office that oversees cyber security, the small company’s first contract with the department. The contract is for up to five years and will support the DHS Office of Cybersecurity […]


Northrop Grumman Receives $95 Million Award For New DHS Biometric Database

After waiting out an unsuccessful protest, Northrop Grumman [NOC] said on Monday that it has received a 42-month, $95 million contract to develop the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) next-generation biometric identification services system. Northrop Grumman will be the systems developer and integrator for the Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology (HART) program, which replaces the current […]


NNSA Wants to Start Modification for Crucial Los Alamos Pit Facility

The Department of Energy said Friday it wants to do more plutonium chemistry and experiments in an existing building at the Los Alamos National Laboratory as part of a plan to resume the lab’s production of fissile nuclear-weapon cores called plutonium pits.The move would mean raising the amount of plutonium-239, or its equivalent, allowed in […]


NNSA Pulls Trigger on $490 Million Option for BWXT Naval Reactor Contract

The Department of Energy in the fourth quarter of 2017 exercised an option worth more than $490 million on BWX Technologies’ [BWXT] naval nuclear propulsion parts production contract, the Lynchburg, Va.-based company announced nearly four months into 2018. “A variety of manufacturing and material procurement activities will be performed under these contracts that will primarily […]

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W80-4 Would Grab Lion’s Share of Proposed Budget Increase for NNSA Stockpile Work

Accelerating upgrades for the nuclear warhead slated to fly in the next decade on a new air-launched cruise missile would consume the single largest portion of the budget increase proposed for National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) nuclear weapons programs in 2019, according to a detailed budget document released Friday. For fiscal 2019, the semiautonomous Department […]