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Friday, December 8th, 2023


Lawmakers urge exploration of deepfake threats

Reps. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) are encouraging the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) to assess threats posed by deepfake technology. The three representatives forwarded correspondence last week to DNI chief Dan Coats requesting the Intelligence... Read More »

Funding to bolster NASIC initiative

Senate lawmakers have approved a report earmarking $61 million for the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC), which is located at Ohio’s Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The Armed Services Committee authorized the funding as part of the FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act... Read More »

Air Force safety review highlights areas of focus

The U.S. Air Force recently conducted an operational safety review and identified several areas of focus. The findings have been released to field, flying and maintenance leaders at every level, so they can address the issues, facilitate safety review discussions and make more informed... Read More »

Rep. Katko introduces bill to curb gun violence

U.S. Rep. John Katko (R-NY) introduced the Protecting our Communities and Rights Act of 2018 this week, which would establish a process to allow law enforcement to confiscate guns from individuals who are dangerous or unfit to have them. It is a federal version of “red flag” laws that have... Read More »

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 »