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Amid Resurgence Of Illegal Border Crossings, Trump Directs Deployment Of National Guard

President Trump on Wednesday ordered the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security to work with the nation’s border governors to deploy National Guard troops to the U.S. Southwest border to help combat a renewed rise in illegal border crossings into the country. The administration hasn’t finalized troop deployment plans, saying that coordination still must be […]

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GD Nabs Potential $629 Million Contract To Provide IT Support For DHS

General Dynamics [GD] won a potential six-year, $628.6 million task order from the General Services Administration (GSA) to provide information technology (IT) support related to the Department of Homeland Security’s headquarters campus at the former St. Elizabeth’s hospital in Washington, D.C. GD’s One Source joint venture between its IT and Mission Systems businesses was the […]

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DHS’ Confidence In Northrop Grumman Proposal For Biometric System Higher Than Leidos, GAO Decision Shows

The Department of Homeland Security’s award to Northrop Grumman [NOC] last fall of a contract to develop a new biometric storage and matching system was based on having higher confidence than the one losing bidder that protested, which was Leidos [LDOS], and to a lesser degree a lower price, according the Government Accountability Office (GAO). […]

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NNSA Talked With LANL Bidders Last Week

Organizations bidding to run the Los Alamos National Laboratory met with National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) officials last week, marking one of the final steps in the competition for a 10-year, $20-billion-plus management and operations contract. The meetings in Washington, D.C., between government officials and an undisclosed number of bid teams keep the Department of […]

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Counter WMD Spending Focus Will Shift To Operators, DHS Official Says

The spending priorities for a new Department of Homeland Security office that is focused on countering chemical, biological and nuclear threats to the homeland plans to shift its spending focus away from policy and analysis and toward getting operators the equipment and capabilities they need, a department official said this week. “So policy and analysis […]

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DHS Counter WMD Chief Plans To Replace BioWatch With Nationwide Sensor Network

The chief of the Department of Homeland Security’s new office that oversees development, acquisition and deployment of much of the nation’s sensors and networks for detecting weapons of mass destruction is planning to begin replacing the national biological threat detection system called BioWatch with a widely deployed network of sensors that can help authorities more […]

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Omnibus Bill Funds Two More Coast Guard National Security Cutters

In a surprise, the congressional appropriations bill for fiscal year 2018 includes funding for two Coast Guard National Security Cutters (NSC), moving the program within one vessel of a one-for-one replacement of legacy high endurance cutters. The FY ’18 Omnibus Appropriations Bill contains $1.2 billion for the NSC program to complete the acquisition of the […]

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Nielsen Says Administration Continues To Develop Cyber Deterrence Strategy

The White House is continuing to develop a strategy for cyber security that includes deterrence and identifies unacceptable behaviors in cyber space, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told a Senate committee on Wednesday. Nielsen said that a deterrence doctrine “needs to be very clear that there are consequences when countries meddle in our affairs,” and […]

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CBP Official Says Mix Of Infrastructure, Technology And People Best For Border Security

Although performance metrics are still lacking for determining the effectiveness of specific types of investments in border security, history has shown that a mix of technology, physical infrastructure and personnel are effective in curbing illegal border activity, a senior Customs and Border Protection (CBP) official said last week. “We know over the history of CBP […]

Trump Administration Says Russia Hacking U.S. Energy Grid; Levies New Sanctions

The Russian government is behind an ongoing and deliberate cyber hacking campaign against the energy sector in the U.S. but so far attempts to access critical network systems have failed, senior national security officials said on Thursday. The Trump administration’s attribution the cyber-attacks against the energy grid were part of a larger announcement by the […]