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Wednesday, February 28th, 2024

Government

Texas lawmakers land fire department grant

Reps. Will Hurd (R-TX) and Henry Cuellar (D-TX) and Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) recently secured a $1.6 million federal grant to increase the La Salle County Fire Rescue Department's staffing level. The lawmakers said funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Staffing for... Read More »

GAO addresses attack submarine maintenance delays

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is recommending the Navy conduct a business case analysis as part of an effort to address attack submarine maintenance delays. The GAO said the effort would assist in pinpointing maintenance workload allocation across public and private... Read More »

Griffiths selected for artificial intelligence panel

Dakota State University President José-Marie Griffiths has been selected to serve as a member of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Chairman Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) recently announced Griffiths appointment to... Read More »

Lamm officially named CBP Preclearance Director

There was a changing of the guard at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) last week, under which Boston’s Area Port Director, Clint Lamm, was officially made the organization’s Preclearance Director. That new role puts Lamm in command of 600 law enforcement officers and agriculture... Read More »

Firm lands Arizona border wall contract

Barnard Construction Company has received a $172 million Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Army Corps of Engineers base contract to build 14 miles of Arizona Primary Pedestrian Replacement Wall. The total contract value, which includes up to 32 miles and options, is $324 million, with work... Read More »

Soil Probe aids post-storm bridge assessments

In the wake of several severe storms, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is using a probe device to assess soil conditions around bridge pillars. S&T officials said hurricanes and heavy rains often cause strong, overflowing river currents that can... Read More »

CBP expects extended El Paso processing times

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) El Paso Field Office officials are advising travelers of potential border processing delays in the wake of recent personnel adjustments related to the caravan. CBP officials said a large number of officers from the El Paso, Santa Teresa, and Tornillo ports of... Read More »

Combat fighter to gain anti-jam receiver

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (USAF AFLCMC) has selected Rockwell Collins to provide combat fighter aircraft with Digital GPS Anti-Jam Receivers (DIGAR). DIGAR receivers will bring highly-reliable navigation for Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve F-16 aircraft operating in... Read More »

Project to develop new ground-based weapons

Operational Fires (OpFires), a joint program between the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the U.S. Army, will soon launch with a goal of developing and demonstrating an innovative, mobile ground-launched system. The system allows hypersonic boost glide weapons to penetrate... Read More »

NATO scientists develop new bomb-detecting devices

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) recently announced the development of three new technologies designed to detect improvised explosive devices (IEDs) as part of its Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Program. The three technologies -- a semi-autonomous robot for detection of mines... Read More »

New device aids smuggling vehicle stop

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Calexico Station recently used a new vehicle immobilization device known as the Grappler to stop a smuggling vehicle. Authorities said the immobilization effort, the first recorded within the United States Border Patrol using the device,... Read More »

BMT curriculum changes target readiness, core values

Air Force officials announced recent changes to the Basic Military Training (BMT) curriculum focus on readiness and lethality, Airmanship, fitness, and the warrior ethos. The modifications, which began Sept. 4, will transform trainees into more “combat ready Airmen.” “The future of BMT... Read More »

GAO assisting nuclear arsenal budget estimate prep

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is assisting the Departments of Defense and Energy in updating 10-year nuclear arsenal cost estimates and reporting them to Congress. GAO officials said an essential element of the effort involves capturing fundamental programmatic changes in nuclear... Read More »