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Senate Passes Bill Reauthorizing Controversial Warrantless Surveillance Program

The Senate voted Thursday to pass a bill reauthorizing a controversial National Security Agency (NSA) program allowing warrantless surveillance of foreign suspects outside the U.S. for another six years. Legislation to renew Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act passed by a vote of 65-34, receiving support across party lines. The bill offered minimal […]

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Acquisition Nominees Call For Prototyping Before Buying Major Weapon Systems

Rapid experimental prototyping of the sort that resulted in the SR-71 Blackbird and F-117 stealth fighter is the key to keeping major weapon system development programs on track, according to two prospective Pentagon weapon buyers. Tapped to become the first undersecretary of defense for Research and Engineering (USD R&E), former NASA administrator Michael Griffin on […]

Transportation Security Administration Administrator David Pekoske.

Pekoske Details Plans To Begin Ramp Up Of New Checkpoint Scanners This Year

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator David Pekoske says his agency plans to field 40 new advanced checkpoint screening systems for aviation security this year for further operational testing in advanced of a larger rollout in fiscal year 2019. TSA will field “almost” 40 computed tomography (CT)-based systems to screen carry-on bags, 28 of which will […]

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Industry Officials Laud Benefits Of DHS Cyber Security Program

Despite delays in the rollout of a cyber security program that is meant to provide greater visibility and security of federal networks, so far the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program is making progress, industry officials told a House panel on Wednesday. The initial phase of the CDM program began in Jan. 2013 with tools […]

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Senate Advances Controversial Surveillance Bill To Final Vote

The Senate voted Tuesday to limit debate and advance a bill renewing a controversial National Security Agency (NSA) warrantless surveillance program for another six years. The procedural vote passed by a slim margin of 60 to 38, receiving votes across party lines to extend Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The legislation offers […]

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House Passes Bill Requiring State Department To Reopen Cyber Diplomacy Office

The House unanimously passed legislation on Wednesday to reopen a cyber diplomacy office at the State Department which was shuttered under Secretary Rex Tillerson’s department reorganization. The Cyber Diplomacy Act, sponsored by Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), requires the department to establish an Ambassador for Cyberspace position to lead the office’s effort […]

SpaceX's Dragon space capsule awaits its launch as part of an uncrewed pad abort test. Photo: SpaceX.

SpaceX Delays Crew Dragon’s First Flight To August

SpaceX has delayed the first two flights of its new Crew Dragon spacecraft by several months because the company’s development work needs more time, a NASA official said Jan. 17. Crew Dragon, which SpaceX is developing to transport astronauts to the International Space Station under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, will now have its first unmanned […]

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee

Lawmakers Plan To Keep Close Eye On DoD Space Overhaul

The House Armed Services Committee intends to closely monitor how the Department of Defense implements the space management overhaul recently mandated by Congress, the panel’s chairman said Jan. 16. The committee wants to ensure that the reorganization gives space the increased attention it needs and assigns more accountability to space decision-makers, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) […]

Kirstjen Nielsen being sworn  in as the new DHS Secretary on Dec. 6. Photo: DHS.

Trump Administration Working New Proposals To Counter Domestic UAS Threats

The Trump administration is developing a second set of proposed legislative authorities to allow relevant federal departments and agencies the ability to counter unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in domestic airspace, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said on Tuesday. Last year the government proposed legislation to Congress to provide federal authorities to counter UAS threats, Nielsen […]

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New Immigration Bill Appears To Balance Physical Barriers, Technology Deployments

An immigration bill introduced late Wednesday afternoon by four House Republicans includes attempts to balance deployments of physical barriers and technology for border security purposes, including technologies at and between ports of entry. The Securing America’s Future Act (H.R.  4760) shows that at least some key Republicans in Congress don’t believe a wall along southern […]