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Monday, June 14th, 2021

Government

Frech: U.S. should focus on biodefense, preparation

The Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense’s “National Blueprint for Biodefense” warned that “the United States is underprepared for biological threats,” adding that “biological events may be inevitable, (but) their level of impact on our country is not.” To combat a biological... Read More »

DTRA releases 2016-2020 Strategic Plan

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), along with the United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) Center for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction (SCC-WMD) and the Joint Force Headquarters for Elimination (SJFHQ-E), released its 2016-2020 strategic plan on Thursday. The four-point plan... Read More »

DARPA reveals latest Grand Challenge details

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced the details for its latest Grand Challenge on Wednesday - ensuring that the rapidly growing number of military and civilian wireless devices can function with the increasingly crowded electromagnetic spectrum. DARPA officials... Read More »

House forms bipartisan group on encryption

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), and rankings members Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-N.J.) and John Conyers (D-MI) announced the formation of a working group on encryption on Monday. The group will work to find... Read More »

Johnson, McCaskill IPAWS bill passes Senate

The Senate passed the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) Modernization Act of 2016, S. 1180, on Monday. The bipartisan legislation, co-sponsored by U.S. Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Ron Johnson (R-WI), would modernize the nation’s public alert and warning system to ensure... Read More »

CBP seizes more than $2 million in narcotics

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Agency announced on Monday that its Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo and Anzalduas International Bridges had seized $2,350,000 worth of cocaine and methamphetamine. The seizures came from two unrelated incidents and led to the arrests... Read More »

Zeldin’s counterterrorism bill passes House

The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed the Counterterrorism Screening and Assistance Act of 2016, H.R. 4314, authored by Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), on Tuesday. “Today the House acted decisively to shut down the jihadist superhighway that allows extremists to get to their safe... Read More »

FLIR Systems awarded contracts totaling $38 million

FLIR Systems, Inc., announced on Monday that it has been awarded new contracts totaling $38 million for FLIR man-portable multispectral targeting systems and integrated mobile long-range multispectral imaging and command and control systems. The buyer is an international military customer, but... Read More »

ECBC deploys team for testing at Yuma Proving Ground Site

The U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) announced on Thursday that it had dispatched a team to the Sonoran Desert for a project supporting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville Center, and the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground (YPG). The YPG... Read More »

NIAID exercises option for RiVax

Soligenix, Inc., announced on Wednesday that the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has exercised its option to accelerate the regulatory activities with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Soligenix's heat stable ricin toxin vaccine RiVax. The NIAID’s... Read More »

McCaul releases March terrorism threat snapshot

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) on Tuesday released a monthly assessment on terror threats that face the United States and its allies. “This week’s Islamist terror plots in Canada and Europe are a grim reminder of the heightened threat environment America... Read More »

DHS announces new funding opportunities for FY 2016

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced more than $1.6 billion on Monday for 10 DHS preparedness grants programs as part of the release of a FY 2016 Notices of Funding Opportunity. Funding will be provided to state, local tribal and territorial governments, along with... Read More »

Uruguay sees spike in dengue fever

The National International Health Regulations (IHR) Focal Point of Uruguay announced last week that the country has seen a sustained increase in the number of suspected cases - 570 - and confirmed cases - 17 - of dengue fever. All confirmed cases were positive for dengue virus by reverse... Read More »

Johnson opens Homeland Security budget hearing

As part of the yearly budget process for the Department of Homeland Security, Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Ron Johnson (R-WI) opened the budget submission for fiscal year 2017 on Tuesday. “I would like to thank Secretary Jeh Johnson for appearing... Read More »

Customs and Border Protection stops smuggling attempts

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Peace Bridge Port of Entry arrested three suspects on Saturday in a failed smuggling attempt on March 1. A Canadian citizen, Leszek Budzyna, was charged with attempted alien smuggling and making false statements to officials. Two Polish... Read More »

McCaul releases counterterrorism report

Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) announced on Thursday the release of a report on the ongoing state of the U.S.’s counterterrorism efforts entitled Terrorism Gone Viral. One of the key takeaways from the report’s findings is that ISIS’s focus has shifted from the... Read More »