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Wednesday, December 6th, 2023

Government

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 »

Defense amendment addresses foreign propaganda

An amendment to the fiscal year 2019 Defense Appropriations bill would transfer $40 million to the U.S. Department of State for the Global Engagement Center (GEC) to expose and counter foreign influence and propaganda. The $40 million was allotted for fiscal year 2018 and has yet to be... Read More »

Border Patrol names new deputy chief

U.S. Border Patrol recently named Scott Luck as the agency’s new deputy chief. Luck has been chief of the Law Enforcement Operations Directorate at the Border Patrol Headquarters in Washington, D.C., since 2014 and has served as the acting deputy chief since April 2017. “I am deeply... Read More »

New initiative offers enhanced cyber defense

A Department of Homeland Security (DHS) component is aiding private business and academic partners transition from a reactive cyber defense approach to one that is collaborative, proactive and timely. Officials said the Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) could eliminate some of the manual... Read More »

Indiana man sentenced 15 years for role in terrorist plot

An Indiana man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for his role in a planned terrorist attack as well as distributing information on explosives. Authorities said Marlonn Hicks, 31, of Crown Point, Indiana, has also been handed down three years of supervised release following his sentence... Read More »

Southwest Airlines partners with CBP for canine training

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently entered into a public-private partnership with Southwest Airlines Co. as part of the Donations Acceptance Program. The program seeks tangible solutions to trade- and travel-enforcement challenges in both infrastructure and intellectual property... Read More »

Defense contractor to develop a business travel prototype

The Department of Defense (DoD) recently selected defense contractor SAP Concur to develop a business travel system prototype to replace the aging Defense Travel System. Annually, the DoD spends $9 billion on travel. Approximately 70 percent of all department travel vouchers is temporary duty... Read More »

Aerial transport aids border security effort

Tucson Sector Border Patrol personnel recently touted the benefits of UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters toward the effort to bolster border security. Officials said the detail was deployed last month to assist in Operation Guardian Support, aiding transport capabilities in remote areas of southern... Read More »

Small-business cybersecurity bill becomes law

President Donald Trump recently signed into law the NIST Small Business Cybersecurity Act, which requires the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop and provide resources to protect small businesses’ digital assets from cybersecurity threats. According to the bill,... Read More »

Rep. Denham hosts meeting to fight human trafficking

U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA) hosted Wednesday a roundtable with local community leaders, law enforcement officials, and the leaders of Uber, among others, to discuss how to combat human trafficking. The meeting, held at the Modesto Police Department in California, gave attendees an opportunity... Read More »

Proposed law changes target drone use

Last month the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) considered a proposed nationwide law change reflecting the impact of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones. A ULC committee considered the Tort Law Relating to Drones Act for adoption by state governments. The effort, which provoked controversy across... Read More »