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Wednesday, January 20th, 2021

Countermeasures

Congress passes REAL ID Modernization Act

The U.S. Congress has passed the REAL ID Modernization Act, which updates identification requirements set 15 years ago by the 9/11 Commission. “This new law marks another important step toward meeting the 9/11 Commission’s recommendations to close dangerous vulnerabilities to terrorist... Read More »

Lockheed Martin touts F-35 aircraft delivery initiatives

Lockheed Martin personnel are touting the company's ability to produce and deliver F-35 aircraft amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The firm recently delivered the 123rd F-35 aircraft of the year. In 2020, 74 F-35s were delivered to the U.S. military, 31 to international partner nations, and 18 to... Read More »

Yuma Sector Border Patrol names new chief patrol agent

Chris T. Clem has been named Yuma Sector’s Chief Patrol Agent, bringing 25 years of Border Patrol experience to the post. Authorities noted Clem’s career includes a variety of leadership roles involving serving as senior patrol agent, supervisory border patrol agent, field operations... Read More »

ICE notes operational successes in 2020 annual report

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials noted operational successes within its fiscal year 2020 annual report, focusing on immigration laws enforcement and customs and immigration violation investigations. “The men and women who represent ICE have risen to the challenges presented... Read More »

Northrop Grumman secures Navy vehicles contract

Navy officials said the service branch has awarded a $57 million award potentially worth up to $250 million to Northrop Grumman to produce Coyote supersonic sea-skimming target (SSST) vehicles. The initial 19 vehicles could result in an additional 84 target vehicles, bringing the GQM-163A... Read More »

US Justice Department sues Walmart over opioids

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday that it had filed suit against Walmart for its part in the opioid epidemic. According to the complaint filed in federal court, the DOJ alleges that Walmart Inc. unlawfully dispensed opioids from its pharmacies across the country, resulting in... Read More »

IAFC touts public safety communications sustainment

The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) is extending gratitude to lawmakers for efforts to sustain the T-Band spectrum via the Don’t Break Up the T-Band Act. Officials maintain the band is critical to public safety interoperable radio communications in major metropolitan areas and... Read More »

Battelle secures DOE management contract

The Department of Energy has awarded a $3.8 billion contract to Battelle Savannah River Alliance (BRSA) to manage the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL). The agreement, which would span 10 years if all options are exercised, forms a partnership with a Battelle organization that includes... Read More »

FDA approves Ebolavirus treatment Ebanga

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a treatment for the Zaire Ebolavirus infection in adults and children. The treatment is called Ebanga, a human monoclonal antibody that blocks the virus's binding to the cell receptor, thus preventing its entry into the cell. Zaire... Read More »

Senators applaud DHS for combatting vaccine fraud

A group of U.S. Senators is commending the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for their efforts to protect against counterfeit vaccines and personal protective equipment through Operation Stolen Promise 2.0. “In April U.S. Immigration and Customs... Read More »