Archive: Homeland Defense

Coast Guard heavy polar icebreaker Polar Star (foreground) shown cutting a channel in the Ross Sea as part of Operation Deep Freeze 2017. Photo: Chief Petty Officer David Mosley

GAO Raps Coast Guard’s Planning For New Heavy Polar Icebreaker

The Coast Guard’s plans to acquire and take delivery of a new heavy polar icebreaker by 2023 are “highly optimistic” and not based on realistic schedule targets, a government auditor said on Tuesday. The Coast Guard’s continued focus on short-term acquisition planning means it “has not established a sound acquisition business case” for the new […]

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House Committee Highlights Capability Gaps With Coast Guard’s Medium Endurance Cutters

The Coast Guard faces a growing capability gap between the times its current fleet of medium-endurance cutters retires and when its fleet of new Offshore Patrol Cutters (OPC) finishes coming on line, according to a House panel that oversees policy authorities for the service. “The ongoing recapitalization of the Service’s cutters was planned two decades […]

Christopher Krebs, Undersecretary of the National Protection and Programs Directorate at DHS. Krebs would lead the new Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

Official: DHS Readying National Risk Management Initiative To Assist With Election Security

The Department of Homeland Security is readying a national risk management initiative that will include streamlining government and industry efforts on securing elections as states continue to struggle to replace outdated voting infrastructure, according to a top department cyber official. Chris Krebs, under secretary for DHS’ National Protection and Programs Directorate, announced the new plan […]

Ratcliffe Introduces Bill To Codify And Evolve Cyber Security Program

Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) on Wednesday introduced legislation that codifies an existing federal cyber security program and ensures that it is continues to evolve to changing threats. The bill is focused on the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program, under which the Department of Homeland Security and federal civilian agencies can purchase an array of […]

Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.).

Palazzo Plans Amendment To Add 12th NSC To DHS Budget

Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.) on Thursday said he plans to introduce an amendment next week to provide funding for a 12th Coast Guard National Security Cutter (NSC) when the House Appropriations Committee marks up the fiscal year 2019 spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security. The House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee (HAC-HS) unanimously approved […]

Legislation in the Senate and House would enable testing and evaluation of counter UAS systems in the U.S. Shown above is Fortem Technologies DroneHunter, which is a small UAS equipped with a radar detecting, classifying and mitigating potential drone threats. Photo: Fortem Technologies

White House Gives Support To Senate Counter Drone Bill

The White House late Tuesday issued a statement of support for a bill circulating in the Senate that would give the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security limited authorities to detect, track and mitigate potential threats from small drones, they kind that typically can be purchased commercially by anyone. The statement from the White House […]

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House Appropriations Panel Recommends $5 Billion For Southern Border Wall; Democrats Opposed

The House panel that oversees appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday said it is recommending a budget increase for the department in fiscal year 2019, with a substantial chunk of the boost targeted for new physical barriers on the southern border. Overall, the House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee is proposing $51.4 billion […]

DHS Assistant secretary for the Office of Cyber Security and Communications. Photo: Department of Homeland Security.

In Collective Cyber Defense, Manfra Wants Public And Private Sectors Working From Same Playbooks

ARLINGTON, Va.–As the Department of Homeland Security looks to strengthen a collective defense approach to cyber security between government and industry, it is working with the private sector to help develop a mutual understanding of the roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders in preparing for and responding to incidents and events, according to a department […]

Christopher Krebs, Undersecretary of the National Protection and Programs Directorate at DHS. Krebs would lead the new Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

DHS Official: States Need More Funds To Replace Outdated Election Systems

A top Department of Homeland Security official told a House panel Wednesday that states do not have enough funds to replace outdated voting systems ahead of the midterm elections in November. Christopher Krebs, DHS undersecretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate, said that all 50 states’ election systems may have been subjected to cyber […]

CACI International sells its SkyTracker Counter UAS solutions for detecting, tracking and mitigating potential drone threats. Graphic: CACI International

DoD Counter UAS Efforts Creating Framework For Homeland Applications, FAA Official Says

Work done by the Defense Department to thwart potential threats posed by remotely piloted aircraft to its facilities in the U.S. is laying the “foundation” for the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice to rollout similar capabilities in the homeland once they’ve been granted authorities to do, an official with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) […]