Archive: Homeland Defense

DHS Assistant secretary for the Office of Cyber Security and Communications. Photo: Department of Homeland Security.

White House, DHS Planning ‘Cyber Security Moonshot,’ First Study Set For November

Department of Homeland Security and White House technology officials are working on a “cyber security moonshot” effort to fix lagging digital security issues in the face of growing adversarial cyber threats with a first study on the plan due in November. Jeanette Manfra, assistant secretary at DHS’ National Protection and Programs Directorate, and Grant Schneider, […]


TSA Awards Leidos $197 Million Bridge To Continue Support For Checkpoint Screening Equipment

After successfully getting the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to terminate a potential $578 million contract with Peraton, incumbent contractor Leidos [LDOS] has received a potential $196.5 million bridge contract from the agency to continue providing maintenance for airport checkpoint screening equipment while a new competition is held. TSA last week said the bridge contract runs […]


Airport Executive Suggests Aviation Industry Needs Mandated Cyber Security Standards

Cyber security standards and best practices don’t appear to be widely adopted by airports and given pervasive cyber threats Congress should consider directing the adoption of these standards across the aviation industry, an airport executive told a House panel on Thursday. Citing a 2015 survey, Michael Stephens, executive vice president for Information Technology and General […]

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ManTech Nabs $668 Million Cyber Security Order To Help Protect Federal Agencies

ManTech International [MANT] on Wednesday said it has been awarded a potential $668 million contract through the General Service Administration (GSA) to support the Department of Homeland Security’s Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program that helps federal civilian agencies protect their networks. The six-year task order was awarded under the CDM Dynamic and Evolving Federal […]

Computed tomography carry-on baggage scanner supplied by Smiths Detection being tested at Los Angeles International Airport. Photo: TSA

Pekoske Touts Operational Testing Results For CT Scanners At Checkpoints

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is in the final phases of operational testing of next-generation parcel scanners for use at airport security checkpoints with the program on track and producing good results, David Pekoske, the agency’s chief, said on Wednesday. “I am very pleased so far with the results” of the ongoing operational testing and […]


House Passes Slew Of Homeland, Cyber Security Bills

The House On Tuesday evening and Wednesday approved a number of bills dealing with homeland and cyber security, including legislation to enhance cyber deterrence, strengthen the Department of Homeland Security’s role in countering potential threat drones, and codify the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) cyber security program within DHS. All but one bill, the Biometric […]

Coast Guard icebreaker Polar Star. The cutter was built by the former Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company and was commissioned in 1977. (Photo: Coast Guard)

Planned Heavy Polar Icebreaker Fleet Pegged At $10 Billion; Program Faces Risks, GAO Says

The estimated life-cycle costs for the Coast Guard’s planned fleet of three heavy polar icebreakers is $9.8 billion and the program faces a number of risks, including design, technology, cost and schedule, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The cost estimate includes acquisition, operations and maintenance of the icebreakers over […]

USCGC Waesche, the second NSC delivered to the Coast Guard, arrives in Pearl Harbor, June 25, 2014, to participate in the 24th Rim of The Pacific exercise, the largest  multi-national maritime exercise in the world, which is held biennially off the coast of Hawaii. Photo: Coast Guard

Structural Enhancements Completed On Second National Security Cutter

The Coast Guard last Friday said that it has completed structural enhancements on its second National Security Cutter (NSC), the last of the Legend-class cutters that needed the extra work during the post-production phase to ensure they meet their 30-year design fatigue life. The work on the Coast Guard Cutter Waesche was completed on Aug. […]