Archive: Homeland Defense

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

Coast Guard Leaving Options Open For Future Polar Icebreaker Fleet Type

As the Coast Guard prepares to review industry bids for a new heavy polar icebreaker, the service is keeping its options open for the right number and mix of polar icebreakers it will need in the future, Adm. Paul Zukunft, the commandant of the Coast Guard, said on Wednesday. The Coast Guard’s program of record […]

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Altaris Capital To Acquire Analogic For $1.1 Billion

After a 10-month strategic review, Analogic Corp. [ALOG] on Tuesday said it will be acquired by the private equity firm Altaris Capital Partners for $1.1 billion in cash. Analogic, which provides products in the medical imaging and security detection space, said the agreement maximizes its value for shareholders, pointing out that the $84 per share […]

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Coast Guard Plans Tech Demonstration Of Long Range UAS

The Coast Guard has issued a draft solicitation related to a forthcoming technology demonstration of long-range, ultra-endurance unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for potential use finding and tracking illegal drug and migrant activities in the transit zone. The technology demonstration will help the Coast Guard determine the operational utility of long-range, ultra-endurance UAS for patrolling the […]

Kenneth Rapuano, assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense and global security, will lead DoD's new border security support cell.  (Pentagon photo)

DoD Forms Border Security Cell To Coordinate Work With DHS

A day after President Trump told the Department of Defense to deploy National Guard troops to the southern U.S. border to help the Department of Homeland Security curb illegal immigration, DoD announced April 5 that it has set up a “border security support cell” to coordinate its efforts with DHS. Kenneth Rapuano, assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense […]

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Amid Resurgence Of Illegal Border Crossings, Trump Directs Deployment Of National Guard

President Trump on Wednesday ordered the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security to work with the nation’s border governors to deploy National Guard troops to the U.S. Southwest border to help combat a renewed rise in illegal border crossings into the country. The administration hasn’t finalized troop deployment plans, saying that coordination still must be […]

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GD Nabs Potential $629 Million Contract To Provide IT Support For DHS

General Dynamics [GD] won a potential six-year, $628.6 million task order from the General Services Administration (GSA) to provide information technology (IT) support related to the Department of Homeland Security’s headquarters campus at the former St. Elizabeth’s hospital in Washington, D.C. GD’s One Source joint venture between its IT and Mission Systems businesses was the […]

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DHS’ Confidence In Northrop Grumman Proposal For Biometric System Higher Than Leidos, GAO Decision Shows

The Department of Homeland Security’s award to Northrop Grumman [NOC] last fall of a contract to develop a new biometric storage and matching system was based on having higher confidence than the one losing bidder that protested, which was Leidos [LDOS], and to a lesser degree a lower price, according the Government Accountability Office (GAO). […]

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NNSA Talked With LANL Bidders Last Week

Organizations bidding to run the Los Alamos National Laboratory met with National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) officials last week, marking one of the final steps in the competition for a 10-year, $20-billion-plus management and operations contract. The meetings in Washington, D.C., between government officials and an undisclosed number of bid teams keep the Department of […]

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Counter WMD Spending Focus Will Shift To Operators, DHS Official Says

The spending priorities for a new Department of Homeland Security office that is focused on countering chemical, biological and nuclear threats to the homeland plans to shift its spending focus away from policy and analysis and toward getting operators the equipment and capabilities they need, a department official said this week. “So policy and analysis […]