Archive: Homeland Defense

Vice President Mike Pence (White House photo)

Pence Urges States To Seek Federal Help In Securing Their Election Systems

Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday said more than a dozen states still need to improve the security of their voting systems and urged every state to take advantage of the assistance the Department of Homeland Security freely provides to help states secure their election systems. In July, Pence said that officials in Finney County, […]

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen

Nielsen Says Cyber Threat Greater Than Physical Ones; DHS Stands Up National Risk Management Center

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Tuesday warned that the U.S. continues to face an immediate, complex and growing array of cyber threats that are outpacing the nation’s ability to defend itself and said overall cyber threats are a greater threat to the country than physical ones. “In fact, I believe that cyber threats collectively […]

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CGI Wins $530 Million Cyber Security Contract To Protect Federal Agencies

The U.S. federal business of Canada’s GGI Group [GIB] on Monday said it received a potential six-year, $530 million contract from the U.S. General Service Administration (GSA) to provide federal agencies with cyber security capabilities under the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program. CGI Federal won the CDM DEFEND Group C award, which covers several […]

Analogic's ConneCT computed tomography checkpoint baggage scanner. Photo: Analogic

TSA Outlines Plans For CT Rollout At Checkpoints

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on Monday outlined its general plans to begin deploying more sophisticated scanning systems to airport checkpoints in the coming months to screen carry-on bags, marking a significant milestone toward improving security and making life easier for travelers. The agency said it plans to have up to 40 computed tomography (CT)-based […]

The first National Security Cutter Bertholf navigates through Alaskan waters. Photo: Coast Guard

House Appropriators Approve $51.4 Billion DHS Bill; Agree To Fund 12th National Security Cutter

After a lengthy markup, the House Appropriations Committee late Wednesday afternoon agreed to a $51.4 billion discretionary spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security in fiscal year 2019 and included a provision that would initiate funding for an additional National Security Cutter (NSC) for the Coast Guard. The amendment for the 12th, and likely […]

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House Homeland Security Committee Marks Up Cyber, Biometric, Counter UAS Bills

The House Homeland Security Committee on Tuesday marked up a slew of homeland security bills, including one that codifies the existing Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program within the Department of Homeland Security and ensure it evolves to adapt to changing threats. The Advancing Cybersecurity Diagnostics and Mitigation Act (H.R. 6443) was introduced by Rep. […]

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

GAO Raps Coast Guard’s Planning For New Heavy Polar Icebreaker

The Coast Guard’s plans to acquire and take delivery of a new heavy polar icebreaker by 2023 are “highly optimistic” and not based on realistic schedule targets, a government auditor said on Tuesday. The Coast Guard’s continued focus on short-term acquisition planning means it “has not established a sound acquisition business case” for the new […]


House Committee Highlights Capability Gaps With Coast Guard’s Medium Endurance Cutters

The Coast Guard faces a growing capability gap between the times its current fleet of medium-endurance cutters retires and when its fleet of new Offshore Patrol Cutters (OPC) finishes coming on line, according to a House panel that oversees policy authorities for the service. “The ongoing recapitalization of the Service’s cutters was planned two decades […]

Christopher Krebs, Undersecretary of the National Protection and Programs Directorate at DHS

Official: DHS Readying National Risk Management Initiative To Assist With Election Security

The Department of Homeland Security is readying a national risk management initiative that will include streamlining government and industry efforts on securing elections as states continue to struggle to replace outdated voting infrastructure, according to a top department cyber official. Chris Krebs, under secretary for DHS’ National Protection and Programs Directorate, announced the new plan […]