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Defense Daily, Wednesday, December 6, 2017, Vol. 276, Issue 45

Senate Confirms Kirstjen Nielsen As New Homeland Security Secretary

The Senate voted Tuesday to confirm Kirstjen Nielsen as the next secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.The vote to appoint the former White House aide was 62 to 37, with several Democrats and independents supporting her nomination to lead DHS.Sens. Chris Coons (D-Del.), Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Mark Warner (D-Va.) were among…

DHS, IC Setting New Priorities For Information Sharing Partnerships

Department of Homeland Security and Intelligence Community officials are working to tailor information sharing expectations with industry in the hopes of prioritizing data protection efforts to thwart future cyber threats.Solidifying private sector partnerships to scale up sharing of data priorities and building threat intelligence confidence with internet service providers (ISPs) and cyber security industry are…

SOFWERX To Host Counter-Drone Demo

SOFWERX, a Florida-based experimentation hub created by the nonprofit Doolittle Institute and U.S. Special Operations Command, plans to host a series of demonstrations next year to assess technology that industry has developed to counter small unmanned aircraft systems.SOFWERX intends to kick off the effort with a technology exposition from Jan. 29 to Feb. 1 in…

Spencer Swears In Navy Under Secretary And Assistant Secretary RDA

Navy Secretary Richard Spencer early this week swore in two top service officials: Thomas Modly as Under Secretary of the Navy and James Geurts as Assistant Secretary for Research, Development, and Acquisition (RDA).In a statement posted to his Facebook [FB] account early Monday, Secretary Richard Spencer said he was excited to have Modly join his…

TSA Exploring Further Segmentation Of Airport Checkpoint Screening Based On Risk

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is considering adding another trusted traveler category to its risk-based approach to security screening at airport checkpoints to allow highly vetted travelers to speed through the checkpoint with barely a stop, an agency official said on Tuesday.The Expedited Plus screening lane, which would be for travelers that receive enhanced vetting,…

New Army Handgun Begins Fielding To All Infantrymen Above Fire Team Leader

New pistols have begun fielding to Army units to replace the service’s 30-year-old Beretta M9 and likely will change how many soldiers carry handguns and how they fight with them.Soldiers with the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division received the first 2,000 M17 Modular Handgun Systems, based on the civilian Sig Sauer…

TSA Chief Looks To Reprogram FY '18 Funds To Purchase Advanced Checkpoint Scanners

Computed tomography-based scanning systems are the technology of the future for checkpoint screening of carry-on items and the plan is to begin buying the systems within a year as long as detection standards are met, the had of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said on Tuesday.Testing and evaluation of the CT scanners to meet new…