Archive: Homeland Defense


DHS Finalizes FY ’18 Security Grant Allocations

The Department of Homeland Security on Friday announced final allocations of $345 million for its fiscal year 2018 competitive preparedness grant programs, raising total grant funding for the year to more than $1.6 billion for states, localities, tribal and territorial governments, non-profit agencies and the private sector. The biggest bucket of grant funding is the […]

William Bryan, President Donald Trump's nominee to be under secretary of Science and Technology for DHS. Bryan is currently the acting head of S&T. Photo: DHS

DHS S&T Nominee Plugs Counter UAS Bill

Legislation in the Senate permitting the use of technology to defeat potential threats from drones is necessary to enable the testing and evaluation of these technologies in operationally relevant environments, a Department of Homeland Security official said on Wednesday. Current law allows for detecting and tracking of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) “but we’re not able […]

A General Atomics Predator. Photo: General Atomics

Coast Guard Cancels Tech Demo Of Long-Range UAS

The Coast Guard on Tuesday said it is canceling plans for to conduct a land-based technology demonstration of long-range unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) because the funding for the project has been rescinded. Congress previously appropriated $17.5 million in fiscal year 2017 research and development funds for the Coast Guard to demonstrate the Long-Range/Ultra Long-Endurance (LR/ULE) […]

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DHS Issues RFI For Industry Help To Develop Cyber Supply Chain Risk Assessment Capability

Continuing its efforts to create a capability to assess risks to cyber supply chains, the Department of Homeland Security is conducting market research to learn about industry capabilities to identify and mitigate risks in the supply chains of information and communications technology (ICT). An Aug. 17 Request for Information (RFI) says the government is interested […]

Members of the 163d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron,163d Attack Wing, California Air National Guard, conduct a preflight check on the wing's MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft before a fire support mission, Aug. 1, 2018, at March Air Reserve Base, California. (U.S Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Michelle J. Ulber)

MQ-9 Helping California National Guard Fight Fires In Combat Zone-Like Conditions

Amidst heavy smoke, “fire tornadoes,” and combat-zone like conditions, the California Army National Guard (CANG) is relying on the MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle to relay critical video and thermal imaging data to fight back against the largest fire in the state’s history. Maj. Gen. Matthew Beevers, the CANG’s deputy adjutant general, told reporters Wednesday […]

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen

DHS, Election Officials Hold National Election Security Exercise

The Department of Homeland Security this week hosted what says is a “first of its kind” three-day tabletop exercise with state and county election officials to test responses to cyber security incidents aimed at election systems. DHS said exercise participants included representatives from 44 states and the District of Columbia, the Election Assistance Commission, the […]

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DoD Awards $28 Billion Multiple-Award R&D Contract

The Defense Department on Tuesday announced a multiple-award contract worth up to $28 billion to 15 companies and organizations for research and development work on the Defense Technical Information Center’s (DTIC) Information Analysis Center multiple award contract (IAC-MAC). The companies include: Adams Communications & Engineering Technology, Alion Science & Technology Corp.; BAE Systems; Battelle Memorial Institute; Booz Allen […]

L-3's ClearScan computed tomography checkpoint screening system. Photo: L-3

TSA Shows Off Next Generation Checkpoint Scanner

DULLES, Va.—Better security and a better passenger experience are to be expected with a new generation of baggage scanners that are being evaluated by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at select airports nationwide, including at Washington Dulles International Airport where the agency is operating a system it purchased from L3 Technologies [LLL] in a live […]

Nielsen Heads To North Dakota For UAS Briefings

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Thursday will be in North Dakota to discuss border operations and receive briefings on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and the development of technologies to counter UAS, the Department of Homeland Security said on Wednesday. Nielsen will be in Grand Forks, which is home to one of Customs and Border […]