Archive: Homeland Defense

Hidalgo Port Director Carlos Rodriguez inaugurates facial comparison testing at Anzalduas International Bridge. Photo: CBP

CBP Begins Facial Comparison Evaluation Of Travelers In Vehicles

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on Thursday began a technical demonstration of facial recognition technology aimed at travelers entering and departing the U.S. in vehicles. The evaluation, which could last up to a year, is deployed at the Anzalduas International Bridge Port of Entry in Texas at two entry lanes and two departure lanes that […]

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House Commerce Committee Republicans Urge DHS, MITRE To Improve Management Of Cyber Security Database

Following a committee investigation that lasted more than a year, Republican leaders on the House Energy and Commerce Committee have asked the Department of Homeland Security and one of its contractors to reform a database that includes a list of publicly disclosed cyber security vulnerabilities and exposures. The legislators recommend in separate letters that the […]


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technology demonstration of long-range unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) because the funding for the project has been rescinded.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 […]

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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 […]