Archive: Homeland Defense

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House Panelists Complain Coast Guard Again Tardy With Investment Plan

The Coast Guard was five months late last year with its capital investment outlook, making it difficult for Congress carry out its budgeting and policy functions, and is overdue again for delivering the Capital Investment Plan (CIP), leaders on a House committee that oversees the Coast Guard said on Wednesday. “Unfortunately, the Coast Guard submits […]

Transportation Security Administration Administrator David Pekoske.

Pekoske Looking To Build On Successes With Public-Private Partnerships

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator David Pekoske wants to take greater advantage of public-private partnerships to more quickly field and evaluate new technologies to help save time when programs go through the formal acquisition process. If a technology can be proven to work in an operational environment and the data that is collected answers the […]

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.).

DHS Reauthorization Moves A Step Closer With Approval By Senate Committee

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday approved a bill to reauthorize to essentially codify existing authorities of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) after the House passed a similar bill last summer. The committee’s version of the bill would change the current National Protection and Programs Directorate to the Cybersecurity and […]


Energy Department Official Outlines Roles Of New Cyber Security Office

A new office created last month by Energy Secretary Rick Perry to strengthen the department’s focus on cyber security will work with government and industry to address threats to the energy sector and focus on research and development efforts with longer term payoffs, a Department of Energy official said on Thursday. “These activities will develop […]

Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command. Photo: U.S. Air Force.

StratCom Chief Says U.S. Nukes ‘Very Close to Zero Percent Modernized’

Although the Department of Energy has nearly finished the first of four ongoing warhead modernization programs, the U.S. nuclear arsenal is “very close to zero-percent modernized,” the general in charge of the Pentagon’s nuclear forces said Wednesday. “We’re starting down that path,” Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, said Wednesday in […]

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.).

Senate Panel Postpones Markup Of DHS Authorization Bill

With Congress taking a pause during its workday on Wednesday to pay respects to the late Reverend Billy Graham, whose body lay in honor at the Capitol Rotunda, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) held a brief meeting on plans for marking up a bill to reauthorize the Department of […]

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Trump Taps Livermore Hand to Lead NNSA Weapons Programs

President Trump plans to nominate current Lawrence Livermore hand Charles Verdon to lead the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) roughly $9-billion-a-year nuclear weapons portfolio.The White House announced its intention in a press release late Monday. If recommended by the Senate Armed Services Committee and confirmed by the full Senate, Verdon would be put in charge […]

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Lawmakers, Industry Officials Complain Of Inconsistent Vetting Standards Across DHS

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is inconsistent in how it vets contractor employees, adding cost to industry and creating inefficiencies, lawmakers and industry officials said on Tuesday. Different DHS components apply federal “fitness standards” for contractors differently, which “causes difficulties as many contractor employees provide services for multiple DHS components,” Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.), […]

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PlanetRisk Nabs First DHS Contract; Will Support Cyber Security Office

The enterprise risk analytics firm PlanetRisk this month said it won a potential $79 million contract to provide support to the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) office that oversees cyber security, the small company’s first contract with the department. The contract is for up to five years and will support the DHS Office of Cybersecurity […]