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Northrop Grumman Begins Development Of Next-Generation DHS Biometric System

Work is well underway by Northrop Grumman [NOC] to develop a new cloud-based biometric system for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that will provide more robust capabilities in a flexible, scalable architecture to meet current and future needs, David Grauel, the government’s program manager for the biometric system, said last week. Northrop Grumman was […]

CBP Face Matching System Ready To Ramp Up Biometric Exit Deployments

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is ready to accelerate the adoption of a congressionally-mandated biometric exit system at U.S. airports and the agency expects to see airports and airlines begin to expand their participation in the program, John Wagner, the CBP official overseeing the Biometric Exit program, said on Monday. The Traveler Verification Service (TVS) […]

Analogic's computed tomography-based ConneCT checkpoint scanner. Photo: Analogic

Altaris’ Deal For Analogic Clears Regulatory Hurdle

Analogic Corp. [ALOG] on Monday said its pending $1.1 billion acquisition by the private equity firm Altaris Capital Partners has received approval by U.S. regulators. The Federal Trade Commission provided early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, clearing one hurdle on the way to completion of the acquisition, which is […]

Transportation Security Administration Administrator David Pekoske.

New TSA Strategy Aims For Innovative Culture To Outpace Threats

Creating a “culture of innovation” that stays ahead of threats to the nation’s transportation system and hastens quality decision-making is one of the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) strategic priorities outlined in its latest strategy document. The strategy, which provides a general outline of three priorities between now and 2026, lays the ground work for two […]

A General Atomics Predator. Photo: General Atomics

CBP Awards General Atomics $276 Million For Predator O&M Services

General Atomics has received a potential $275.9 million contract to provide operational and maintenance (O&M) services to Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) fleet of nine MQ-9 Predator B drones that the agency operates in support of border and maritime security missions. General Atomics’ Aeronautical Systems business began supplying the Predator unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to […]

Wicker Expects Schultz To Be Confirmed As Next Coast Guard Commandant

At the conclusion of a Senate hearing on Tuesday to consider the nomination of Vice Adm. Karl Schultz to be the next Commandant of the Coast Guard, Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) who chaired the confirmation hearing, said he expects the Schultz to be confirmed. “I think it’s safe to say that the prospects of your […]

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen

DHS Readying New Cyber Strategy, Focus On Private Sector Role In Threat Response

The Department of Homeland Security is readying a new cyber security strategy focused on pushing the private sector to improve coordination on eliminating known risks and more aggressively responding to malicious actors. DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen detailed the new security approach at a cyber conference Tuesday, which focuses on getting companies to share risk information […]

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Russia Targeting US, UK Industry In Global Network Attack Campaign

Russian government actors routinely targeted federal agencies and companies in the U.S. and United Kingdom using compromised network devices to disrupt industry functions and steal intellectual property, according to a Department of Homeland Security alert released Monday. DHS, along with the FBI and the U.K.’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), warn U.S. and British businesses […]