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Tuesday, September 26th, 2023


Sen. Wicker seeks enhanced Mississippi airport security

Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) is seeking federal assurances designed to enhance security and efficiency at the state’s airports. The senator recently participated in a Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation hearing and used the forum to address concerns with Transportation... Read More »

GAO issues recommendations to improve FEMA risk model

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released three recommendations to improve the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) risk-based grant assessment model. Risk models are used to determine how to allot preparedness grants. States and urban areas considered higher... Read More »

House advances cyber protection measure

House lawmakers advanced this week a measure designed to bolster protections against state-sponsored cyber activity threats aimed at the United States. The Cyber Deterrence and Response Act of 2018 protects the nation’s economy, elections, and infrastructure from cyber activity by establishing... Read More »

CBP, Coast Guard seize nearly $55M worth of cocaine

In a joint operation with the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations (CBP/AMO) intercepted a low profile vessel last month which led to more than 2 tons of cocaine seized. The estimated street value of the cocaine seized is approximately $54,938,000. Its... Read More »

Event focuses on challenges law enforcement faces

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) recently participated in a demonstration of the New York Police Department’s FIDO X-3 Explosive Trace Detection (ETD) system. The demonstration was part of an event, funded by the National Institute of... Read More »

House advances bill to improve border security

The U.S. House of Representatives advanced a bill this week to improve border security and prevent potential terrorists and dangerous criminals from entering the country. The Biometric Identification Migration Alert Program (BITMAP) Authorization Act of 2018 (H.R. 6439) would fully authorize... Read More »

Report highlights growing terror threats

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, released Tuesday its latest report documenting terror threats from Islamist terrorists, noting the efforts are growing. McCaul presented the September Terror Threat Snapshot as part of an ongoing effort to highlight... Read More »

MS-13 gang arrests yield assault, drug charges

Law enforcement officials said the arrests of more than 20 individuals associated with the California-based Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang on assault and drug charges also yielded a cache of weapons. Officials said the recent arrests in Mendota and Los Angeles, California, were issued on the... Read More »

Ceremony commemorates change of NATO command in Afghanistan

A ceremony at mission headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, recently commemorated the change in command from General John ''Mick'' Nicholson to General Austin Scott Miller. Miller will oversee NATO’s and its operational partners’ efforts to develop effective and sustainable Afghan security... Read More »

Navy awards Lockheed Martin $500 million eCASS contract

Lockheed Martin recently won a $500 million, seven-year contract from the U.S. Navy to build more than 200 electronic Consolidated Automated Support Systems (eCASS) to maximize aircraft readiness. eCASS provides maintenance and repair capabilities for all naval aircraft, ship and submarine... Read More »

TSA unveils new scanning technology at LAX

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) showed off a host of new technologies deployed to the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) this week, from computed tomographic (CT) scanners to photo ID scan verifications. The technologies are being tested at the airport’s Terminal 1... Read More »

DHS funds $3.5 million in research projects

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) recently awarded nearly $3.5 million to three new research and development projects, which will examine ways improve the threat detection capabilities of current X-ray technologies for checked baggage... Read More »

Raytheon network enhances AI initiative

Raytheon researchers, in conjunction with the Defense Research Project Agency's (DARPA) Explainable Artificial Intelligence program (XAI), are developing a network designed to enhance the spectrum of artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities. Raytheon officials said the technology firm is... Read More »

Lawmakers seek cybersecurity reforms

A group of lawmakers recently forwarded correspondence to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and MITRE Corporation as a means of encouraging cybersecurity reforms. The letters stem from an investigation last year into the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) program. Signees include... Read More »

DHS announces $345 mln in preparedness grants

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced it has allocated $345 million for six fiscal year 2018 competitive preparedness grant programs. In June, more than $1.3 billion in noncompetitive grant funding was announced. Preparedness grants are used to support the National... Read More »

Defense Appropriations Act gains Senate approval

Senate lawmakers have passed the 2019 Defense Appropriations Act, which officials said gives American troops a raise while strengthening the military and boosting national security. Officials said U.S. Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, spearheaded... Read More »