Archive: Homeland Defense

Kirstjen Nielsen, President Donald Trump's nominee to be Secretary of Homeland Security. LinkedIn photo.

Senate Confirms Kirstjen Nielsen As New Homeland Security Secretary

The Senate voted Tuesday to confirm Kirstjen Nielsen as the next secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. The vote to appoint the former White House aide was 62 to 37, with several Democrats and independents supporting her nomination to lead DHS. Sens. Chris Coons (D-Del.), Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Mark Warner (D-Va.) […]

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TSA Exploring Further Segmentation Of Airport Checkpoint Screening Based On Risk

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is considering adding another trusted traveler category to its risk-based approach to security screening at airport checkpoints to allow highly vetted travelers to speed through the checkpoint with barely a stop, an agency official said on Tuesday. The Expedited Plus screening lane, which would be for travelers that receive enhanced […]

The 100-foot USCG Cutter Smilax, the "Queen of the Fleet," was commissioned in 1944. The construction tender is shown moored up at its homeport of Fort Macon, N.C. Photo: Coast Guard

Coast Guard Begins Reviewing Options To Replace Inland Cutter Fleet

The Coast Guard is reviewing its options for replacing the capabilities provided by its fleet of aging cutters and barges for supporting aids to navigation on federal waterways in the interior of the U.S. The service’s fleet of inland cutters, most of which have been operating for more than 50 years, includes 35 vessels in […]

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Democrat Introduces Bill To Strengthen Surface Transportation Security

Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (N.J.), the second ranking Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee, on Tuesday introduced legislation that would increase funding for transportation security grants, add more federal mobile security teams and bomb-sniffing dogs, and provide other measures to better secure surface transportation assets. The Surface Transportation and Public Area Security Act of […]

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Senate Appropriators Direct DHS Accelerate Program To Protect Federal Networks

Senate appropriators are proposing a slight increase in overall operations and procurement accounts for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) cyber security efforts, including additional funds to accelerate a program that protects helps protect the networks of federal civilian departments and agencies. The Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) is recommending $992.6 million for operations and support, […]

Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and defense subcommittee

Cochran’s Mark For DHS Provides For 10th National Security Cutter

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) on Tuesday released his funding recommendations for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in FY ’18, including construction of a 10th National Security Cutter (NSC) for the Coast Guard and long-lead material funds for the 11th vessel. The Coast Guard’s program of record for the 418-foot high-endurance NSCs […]

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Democratic Task Force Seeks $400 Million For State Elections Security

Leaders of a House Democratic task force that has warned the nation’s elections infrastructure is susceptible to potential cyber breaches have asked the House Appropriations Committee to provide $400 million for states to better secure their election systems. “Our findings demonstrate that there is an urgent need for federal funding to help states secure their […]

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

Recent Major Storms Cost Coast Guard $1 Billion, Commandant Says

A wave of hurricanes that smashed portions of the southern U.S. and Puerto Rico in August and September has cost the Coast Guard nearly $1 billion, not to mention impacts to readiness and ongoing operations such as drug interdiction, the service’s top official said on Thursday. The monetary costs are related to the need to […]