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White House Requests 20 Percent Increase for NNSA Weapons Programs in FY ’19

The Trump administration on Monday proposed what would amount to a $2-billion-a-year raise for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) — a roughly $15-billion fiscal 2019 budget request that would accelerate existing nuclear-warhead refurbishment programs and consider making warhead cores somewhere other than New Mexico. The Department of Energy’s fiscal 2019 budget request also continues […]

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

DHS Seeks $47.5 Billion In FY ’19, Including Funding For New Polar Icebreaker

The White House on Monday sent Congress a $47.5 billion discretionary budget request for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in fiscal year 2019, a roughly 7 percent increase over what Congress appears to be leaning toward in the yet to be completed appropriations for fiscal year 2018. The Trump administration’s request for DHS also […]

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Hassan Introduces Bill To Integrate DHS Databases

After passage in the House last fall, Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) this week introduced in the Senate a bill that directs the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to develop a central framework to integrate its disparate datasets so that agencies can access information about potential terrorist threats faster. The DHS Data Framework Act (H.R. 2454) […]

A ScanEagle sUAS and launcher sit on the flight deck of the Coast Guard National Security Cutter Stratton. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Mark Barney.

Coast Guard Releases RFP For Small UAS For National Security Cutters

The Coast Guard this week released issued a solicitation for contractor provided surveillance services using small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) aboard the entire fleet of National Security Cutters (NSCs). The commercially-acquired services include surveillance, detection, classification and identification of a wide range of targets using the ship-based sUAS systems, according to the Feb. 7 Request […]

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GAO Report: DHS Behind On Identifying Critical Cyber Expertise Needs

The Department of Homeland Security has missed several deadlines to assess its cyber security workforce and has yet to identify the areas it needs improved expertise, according to a new GAO report released Wednesday. A 2014 bill, the Homeland Security Cybersecurity Workforce Assessment Act, called for DHS to classify and code its cyber security personnel […]

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Senate Committee Plans Markup Of DHS Authorization Bill Soon

In the next week or two the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee plans to mark up its version of an authorization bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), a key milestone toward congressional approval of a comprehensive bill that codifies existing and potentially new authorities for the 15-year old department. Committee Chairman […]

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National Vetting Center Would Consolidate Existing Screening Efforts, Duke Says

A National Vetting Center directed by President Donald Trump on Tuesday that will be focused on better integrating data held within various national security agencies about individual terrorists and other and other bad individuals that may seek to enter the U.S. will consolidate existing screening centers across government, Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke […]

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CBP Deploys Integrated Fixed Tower System In New Area

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has accepted and deployed an integrated radar and camera tower system in a third area of the southern U.S. border, Elbit Systems of America, the manufacturer of the security system said on Tuesday. The Integrated Fixed Tower (IFT) system is now deployed in the Sonoita, Ariz., area of responsibility, making […]

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DHS, NIST Kickoff Smart Cities Effort To Include Cyber Security, Privacy Concerns

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on Tuesday launched an effort aimed at enhancing the cyber security and privacy challenges associated with technologies and systems being developed for modern and future critical infrastructures. Through the new partnership, DHS and NIST are focused on designing in cyber […]

House Homeland Security Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) delivers his "State of National Security Address." Photo: Matthew Beinart.

House Homeland Security Chairman: Improved Info Sharing, More Pressure Needed To Combat Cyber Threats

Combatting future nation-state cyber threats will require greater authorities for the Department of Homeland Security to improve information sharing and a better effort to place pressure on adversaries, according to the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) delivered his “State of National Security Address” on Monday, and urged lawmakers […]