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DHS Outlines Efforts to Fight Domestic Terrorism

The Department of Homeland Security has outlined four ways that the department works to mitigate domestic terrorism. DHS said Wednesday its office for community partnerships conducts briefings, exercises, workshops and training to educate and help communities fight domestic terror threats. OCP’s Countering Violent Extremism grant program funds initiatives to address violent …

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James Mattis: Continuing Resolution Affects DoD Modernization Efforts

Defense Secretary James Mattis has said another continuing resolution would affect the Defense Department‘s modernization efforts since it would prevent the launch of new programs, Defense News reported. Mattis told reporters Monday that a stopgap funding measure “creates unpredictability” and hampers DoD’s capacity to address new threats. “We cannot start new …

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DHS, TSA Test New Touch-Free Biometric Fingerprint Tech

The Department of Homeland Security‘s science and technology directorate and the Transportation Security Administration have begun to test touch-free fingerprint scanners at two airports with the goal to shorten the passenger identity verification process. DHS said Tuesday the Advanced Optical Systems-built biometric fingerprint platforms are currently used in certain lanes at the Atlanta …

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DARPA Tests Elevated Sensor Mast Aboard Navy Patrol Ship

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has tested a prototype of an elevated sensor mast aboard the U.S. Navy‘s USS Zephyr patrol coastal ship in an effort to boost the vessel’s communication range and capacity to detect, track and classify objects of interest. DARPA said Tuesday the USS Zephyr crew facilitated a three-day effort near …

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Report: State Dept Launches Cybersecurity Directorate

The State Department has formed a new cybersecurity office within the Diplomatic Security Service in May to help address cyber threats, The Hill reported Monday. A department official told the publication that the new Cyber and Technology Security directorate will deliver cyber threat analysis, incident detection and response, cyber investigation and emerging technology …

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Pentagon’s Innovation Offices Obtain Authorization to Streamline Recruitment, Acquisition Processes

The Defense Department‘s Defense Innovation Unit Experimental and Strategic Capabilities Office have received authorization to accelerate their recruitment and contracting processes, Defense News reported. Former Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work approved the authorities for DIUx and SCO in July before his retirement, the report noted. The authorities include an 18-month renewal …

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