Archive: Homeland Defense

Claire Grady, acting deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Photo: Defense Department

Acting DHS Deputy Stresses Continuity In Acquisition Approaches

Innovations in acquisition approaches at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) made during the Obama administration will continue under the new administration, the acting deputy of the department said on Tuesday. The department will continue to do things such as strategic sourcing, reverse industry days, and innovative ways to conduct acquisitions to save money, better […]

Notional OPC design. Graphic on Coast Guard website courtesy of Eastern Shipbuilding.

Coast Guard Awards Eastern Shipbuilding Long-Lead Materials Contract For First OPC

The Coast Guard on Sept. 7 awarded Eastern Shipbuilding a $41.7 million contract for long-lead materials for the first Offshore Patrol Cutter, which is scheduled to be delivered in 2021. The contract to begin making purchases for the 360-foot USCGC Argus covers the first order for certain systems and components, including propeller and steering components, […]


House Committee Passes Homeland Security Bills

The House Homeland Security Committee last Thursday unanimously approved four bills related to cyber, supply chain, border and aviation security.  The Strengthening Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Coordination in our Ports Act of 2017 (H.R. 3101) directs the Department of Homeland Security to develop and execute a cyber security risk assessment model for the maritime community. […]

Thomas Bossert, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism. Photo: Atlantic Council.

Bossert Suggests ‘National Power’ Means Will Applied To Cyber Deterrence

The Trump administration’s approach to deterring bad behavior in cyberspace will probably center around more traditional means rather than using offensive cyber capabilities, a senior White House official said on Wednesday. In early August, a joint interagency report was due to the White House on “strategic options” for cyber security deterrence and to better protect […]

A General Atomics Predator. Photo: General Atomics

Coast Guard Surveys Market For Land-Based, Long-Range UAS

The Coast Guard on Wednesday issued a Request for Information for land-based high-endurance drone aircraft to help it examine the potential of these systems to patrol vast ocean areas for illegal drug shipments. Earlier this year Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft said the service wants to obtain land-based, forward-deployed unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to […]

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GSA Issues New Task Order Request For DHS Cyber Security Program

The General Services Administration (GSA) on Aug. 22 issued a new task order request as part of a cyber security program managed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that helps federal civilian agencies enhance their cyber defenses. The task order request applies to all four phases of the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program […]

Battelle's counter-UAS DroneDefender being operated by U.S. soldier. Photo: Battelle

Battelle, Dedrone Partner For Comprehensive Counter UAS Solution

Battelle and a small company that has developed a drone tracking software platform have agreed to partner on an end-to-end counter unmanned aircraft system (UAS) solution. The non-exclusive memorandum of understanding between Battelle, which has developed a handheld remote-controlled system to defend against small UAS, and California-based Dedrone, is aimed creating a comprehensive drone defeat […]

President Donald Trump. Photo: White House.

DHS Officials Say Select Border Fencing Has Helped In The Past

Physical barriers that have been erected in the past 10 years along select stretches of the United States’ border with Mexico have helped stem the flow of illegal activity, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials said on Tuesday ahead of a visit by President Donald Trump to the border in Arizona. In the Yuma, Ariz., […]

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Verizon To Build, Operate Private Network For Public Safety

Just as a national effort has begun rolling out for wireless broadband networks for use by first responders, Verizon Communications [VZ] on Wednesday said it plans to build and operate its own private network core dedicated to public safety communications. Verizon said its new public safety network, won’t require states to drop out of the […]

Unidentified traveler submitting a fingerprint at a Customs and Border Protection workstation. Photo: CBP

CBP Expands Biometric Exit Deployments

Customs and Border Protection said it has deployed biometric exit technology to two additional U.S. airports to help verify the departure of foreign nationals from the country on select international flights, bringing to six the number of airports that the agency is evaluating the technology and operating concept. The additional airports for the Traveler Verification […]