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Senate Appropriators Boost Defense Cyber Programs, Decrease Funding For Those Showing Slow Progress

The Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) released its markup of a $651 billion defense bill for fiscal year 2018 on Tuesday and is requesting several defense cyber capabilities programs receive increased funding and called on projects showing slow progress to receive less funding than previously authorized in the White House’s budget request. . The committee’s explanatory […]

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Democratic Task Force Seeks $400 Million For State Elections Security

Leaders of a House Democratic task force that has warned the nation’s elections infrastructure is susceptible to potential cyber breaches have asked the House Appropriations Committee to provide $400 million for states to better secure their election systems. “Our findings demonstrate that there is an urgent need for federal funding to help states secure their […]

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DoD Weighing ‘Potential Improvements’ In Cruise Missile Defense

The U.S. Department of Defense is considering “potential improvements in cruise missile defense” as part of its ballistic missile defense review, according to a nominee for a high-level Pentagon job. “If confirmed, I look forward to participating in this review and examining potential additional capabilities,” said John Rood, President Donald Trump’s pick to be undersecretary […]

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul F. Zukunft. Photo: U.S. Coast Guard

Recent Major Storms Cost Coast Guard $1 Billion, Commandant Says

A wave of hurricanes that smashed portions of the southern U.S. and Puerto Rico in August and September has cost the Coast Guard nearly $1 billion, not to mention impacts to readiness and ongoing operations such as drug interdiction, the service’s top official said on Thursday. The monetary costs are related to the need to […]

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Industry Reps Say DHS Can Improve Quality, Timeliness Of Cyber Threat Information Sharing

Private sector participation remains limited in a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) automated cyber threat information sharing program due to a lack of timeliness in the sharing of the threat indicators with the government and because the information doesn’t contain adequate context, industry officials told a House panel on Wednesday. For companies, it comes down […]

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In Mostly Quite Nuke Hearing, Corker Goes to Bat for Modernization

At the end of a mostly civil hearing Tuesday in which former federal officials advised senators against limiting President Donald Trump’s authority to launch nuclear weapons, Trump critic Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) emphasized the importance of ongoing nuclear deterrent modernization programs. “Many of us have been to the facilities where [nuclear weapons] are modernized [and] […]

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DHS Expects To Have New Northern Border Strategy Ready In January

Following the release over the summer of an assessment of threats on the northern border, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in January plans to publish a new strategy for the northern border that will be followed later in 2018 by an implementation plan, a senior department official said on Tuesday. The updated Northern Border […]

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Senate OKs Esper As Senior Army Civilian

Former Raytheon [RTN] executive Mark Esper was confirmed Nov. 15 as Army secretary, in an 89-6 vote by the Senate. Esper, is the Trump administration’s third pick to become the Army’s senior civilian and the final service secretary to be confirmed. Former congresswoman, Air Force officer and National Security Council staff member Heather Wilson was […]

Kirstjen Nielsen, President Donald Trump's nominee to be Secretary of Homeland Security. LinkedIn photo.

Senate Committee Approves Nielsen Nomination To Lead DHS

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee late Tuesday afternoon voted 11 to 4 to advance the nomination of Kirstjen Nielsen to be Secretary of Homeland Security. Four Democrats voted against the nomination: Sens. Tom Carper (Del.), Kamala Harris (Calif.), Margaret Hassan (N.H.) and Gary Peters (Mich.). The confirmation vote was originally planned for […]

DHS Assistant secretary for the Office of Cyber Security and Communications. Photo: Department of Homeland Security.

Kaspersky Products On Systems Of 15 Percent Of Federal Civilian Agencies, DHS Official Says

Preliminary findings of a mandatory review of federal computer networks for the presence of a Russian-made anti-virus software that may actually pose an information security risk show that the products are on computer systems of about 15 percent of civilian agencies, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official disclosed on Tuesday. So far, 94 percent […]