Archive: Homeland Defense

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul F. Zukunft. Photo: U.S. Coast Guard

Autonomous Systems Are ‘Next Wave’ For Coast Guard, Zukunft Says

The Coast Guard is a “decade behind” where it needs to be in terms of fielding and operating unmanned systems, particularly in the areas of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), the service’s top official said on Tuesday. “The next wave is autonomous systems,” Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft said at an event co-hosted by […]

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.

Border Security Bills Introduced In House

House Homeland Security Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) on Friday introduced a border security bill that targets billions of dollars in funding for physical barriers and to strengthen security at the nation’s ports of entry but also calls for specific technology deployments at various sectors along the northern and southern borders of the United States. […]

Raven is among the small UAVs deployed by special operations. Photo: AeroVironment

Border Patrol Plans Small UAS Evaluations This Year

The Border Patrol in September plans to conduct operational tests of three different types of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) at different border locations to help evaluate requirements and assess capabilities, an agency official said on Tuesday. The testing will include a short-range quadcopter UAS that can stay aloft about 30 minutes, a Raven UAS […]

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CBP Accepts Second IFT System For Deployment

Following successful completion of systems acceptance testing, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has deployed the Integrated Fixed Tower (IFT) system in an area of Arizona, marking the second deployment of the surveillance systems aimed at helping Border Patrol agents gain greater situational awareness of the U.S. border with Mexico. “We achieved this important milestone by […]

Coast Guard heavy polar icebreaker Polar Star (foreground) shown cutting a channel in the Ross Sea as part of Operation Deep Freeze 2017. Photo: Chief Petty Officer David Mosley

Coast Guard Unfunded Priorities List Includes $750 Million For Icebreaker

The Coast Guard on July 20 sent to Congress its list of unfunded priorities in the FY ’18 budget request, including $750 million for construction of the first heavy polar icebreaker to keep the program on schedule and potentially accelerate the acquisition. The unfunded priorities list also includes $400 million for four missionized Lockheed Martin […]

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

White House Initiates Comprehensive Biodefense Strategy, Official Says

The Trump administration will develop a comprehensive strategy to address biothreats to the U.S. whether natural or man-made, the president’s senior adviser for homeland security issues said on Thursday. The strategy development will be coordinated by Tom Bossert, assistant to the President on Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, Bossert said at the Aspen Security Forum. He […]

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.

House Approves First Bill To Reauthorize DHS

The House on Thursday approved the first ever bill to reauthorize the Department of Homeland Security, approving the legislation on a 386 to 41 vote, sending it to the Senate. President Donald Trump praised passage of the bill, noting that it authorizes the department’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency “for the first time,” adding that […]

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House Appropriators Move $44.3 Billion DHS Bill To Floor

The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday approved along party lines a $44.3 billion discretionary spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in FY ’18, about $200 million more than the Trump administration requested and $1.9 billion higher than the FY ’17 appropriations. The vote was 30 to 22 in favor of the motion […]

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House Appropriators Would Rescind Long Lead Funds For 10th NSC

The House Appropriations Committee (HAC) this morning will markup its version of the FY ’18 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill, which proposes to rescind $95 million appropriated in FY ’17 for a 10th National Security Cutter (NSC), which wasn’t requested by the Coast Guard and isn’t a requirement, according to report language accompanying the bill. The […]