Archive: Homeland Defense

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

Zukunft Says Planned Drop In Coast Guard Acquisition Budget Will Hit Polar Icebreaker Program

Although the Coast Guard’s plan for acquiring its first new heavy polar icebreaker in more than 40 years is within sight, current out-year budget plans don’t provide funding for additional icebreakers, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft told a House panel on Wednesday. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s […]

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, along with state and Israeli officials, speak to reporters during the state's International Homeland Defense and Security Summit. (Photo: Defense Daily).

Mississippi Welcomes Israeli Cooperation On Border Protection, Gov OK With Tariffs

BILOXI, Miss. – The governor of Mississippi welcomed increased cooperation between U.S. and Israeli homeland security and defense companies on Tuesday. “I believe what we can learn from the real world experience, unfortunately, of having someone that is on your border in a threatening manner, can be very beneficial here to the United States of […]


IG Says DHS Information Security Levels Less Than Effective In Several Areas

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) information security program is below the effective level in three of five areas based on federal guidelines, although the department is taking corrective actions to meet requirements, according to an internal audit report. The department met Level 3 maturity levels for the protect, detect and recover cyber security functions […]

Coast Guard Vice Adm. Karl Schultz. Photo: Coast Guard

Coast Guard Atlantic Area Chief Schultz Nominated To Be Next Commandant

President Trump on Thursday nominated Vice Adm. Karl Schultz to be the next Coast Guard Commandant, succeeding Adm. Paul Zukunft, who will complete his four-year term as the service’s 25th commandant at the end of May. Schultz is currently commander of the Coast Guard’s Atlantic Area, which puts him in charge of all Coast Guard […]

Capitol at night---cropped---MS photo

House Panelists Complain Coast Guard Again Tardy With Investment Plan

The Coast Guard was five months late last year with its capital investment outlook, making it difficult for Congress carry out its budgeting and policy functions, and is overdue again for delivering the Capital Investment Plan (CIP), leaders on a House committee that oversees the Coast Guard said on Wednesday. “Unfortunately, the Coast Guard submits […]

Transportation Security Administration Administrator David Pekoske.

Pekoske Looking To Build On Successes With Public-Private Partnerships

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator David Pekoske wants to take greater advantage of public-private partnerships to more quickly field and evaluate new technologies to help save time when programs go through the formal acquisition process. If a technology can be proven to work in an operational environment and the data that is collected answers the […]

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.).

DHS Reauthorization Moves A Step Closer With Approval By Senate Committee

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday approved a bill to reauthorize to essentially codify existing authorities of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) after the House passed a similar bill last summer. The committee’s version of the bill would change the current National Protection and Programs Directorate to the Cybersecurity and […]


Energy Department Official Outlines Roles Of New Cyber Security Office

A new office created last month by Energy Secretary Rick Perry to strengthen the department’s focus on cyber security will work with government and industry to address threats to the energy sector and focus on research and development efforts with longer term payoffs, a Department of Energy official said on Thursday. “These activities will develop […]

Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command. Photo: U.S. Air Force.

StratCom Chief Says U.S. Nukes ‘Very Close to Zero Percent Modernized’

Although the Department of Energy has nearly finished the first of four ongoing warhead modernization programs, the U.S. nuclear arsenal is “very close to zero-percent modernized,” the general in charge of the Pentagon’s nuclear forces said Wednesday. “We’re starting down that path,” Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, said Wednesday in […]