The House passed three bills regarding the Transportation Security Administration Dec. 3. all with broad bipartisan support.
A commission charged with reviewing intelligence community research and development efforts argues that the United States risks losing its technological advantage in key areas such as cryptography and massive data analytics.
The fate of the fourteen C-27J aircraft the Coast Guard hopes to inherit from the Air Force remains undecided, a Pentagon spokesman said.
Nine years after the president called on them to develop a backup system for GPS, the Homeland Security and Transportation departments haven't determined their roles. "There is considerable confusion and lack of clarity between the agencies about what their roles, responsibilities, and authorities are," the Government Accountability Office says in a Nov. 6 report.
State cybersecurity is notoriously weak: Of the 31 core capabilities the Federal Emergency Management Agency says jurisdictions should be able to attain, states say cybersecurity is where's unambiguously the weakest. Yet, a lack of funding from the homeland security department isn't necessarily a problem, said Charley English, president of the National Emergency Management Association and director of the Georgia state emergency management agency. He testified Oct. 30 before a joint hearing of two House Homeland Security subcommittees.
The National Science Foundation has awarded $32 million in grants for research and projects related to natural disasters. The University of California, San Diego, received a grant to build a simulation and prediction system for wildfire behavior.
"We can now essentially capture our fingerprint with a standard commercial device, there's nothing special about that endpoint. It really drives that price point down," said Jeff Johnson, chief technology officer of the FBI. He spoke on a panel at the annual ACT-IAC Executive Leadership Conference.
An interagency team has produced a technology that can detect a human heartbeat buried in rubble. The technology, called Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response, was developed for search-and-rescue missions by the Homeland Security Department's Science and Technology Directorate together with NASA.
The British government says it will recruit "hundreds of computer experts as cyber reservists to help defend the UK's national security, working at the cutting-edge of the nation's cyber defenses."
Government surveillance drones don't present novel threats to privacy, said military and border officials at the US/Canada Border Conference in September. Air Force Col. Greg Semmel, the installation commander at the Hancock Field Air National Guard Base in Syracuse, N.Y., noted that the Air Force and Air National Guard have used optical sensors to track activity on the ground for decades.