Friday, December 19, 2014
Homeland Defense Watch
The latest developments on U.S. homeland security programs
DefenseAlert - 10/16/2014

The U.S. government may invoke special national-security authorities to ensure enough personal protective equipment can be purchased to deal with a domestic Ebola crisis, according to a Federal Emergency Management Agency official.

Inside the Pentagon - 07/31/2014

U.S. Northern Command and the federal government have yet to hammer out the details of who is authorized to deal with some types of malware in the event of a cyber attack on the United States, according to NORTHCOM's commander.

Inside the Air Force - 06/27/2014

The U.S. Forest Service sees an enduring role for the Air Force in combating wildfires, even as the agency brings additional airtankers online through commercial contracts and an airplane transfer arrangement with the Coast Guard and Defense Department, a spokeswoman for the Forest Service said this week.

Inside the Air Force - 05/30/2014

The head of the 302 Airlift Wing's aerial firefighting operations hopes the U.S. Forest Service's acquisition of additional civilian and Coast Guard airtankers does not significantly diminish its reliance on Air Force Modular Airborne Firefighting System operators, even though the aircrews could use some relief from the demanding operational tempo experienced during recent wildfire seasons.

Inside the Pentagon - 05/08/2014

House authorizers are pushing the Defense Department to devote more resources to U.S. Southern Command, which is unable to meet its counter-narcotics and crime interdiction goals today due to a lack of available military assets.

Inside the Air Force - 05/02/2014

The U.S. Forest Service will rely more on Air Force C-130s and Canadian CV-580s to combat wildfires this summer if delays to its airtanker modernization effort continue, Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said this week.

Inside the Air Force - 03/21/2014

The Coast Guard is standing up an asset project office at its air station in Elizabeth City, NC, in order to oversee the service's acquisition of 14 C-27J Spartan airlifters from the Defense Department as part of a wider inter-service plane swap deal, a service spokesman has confirmed.

DefenseAlert - 03/13/2014

The Army's plan to restructure its aviation assets -- hotly contested by Army National Guard advocates -- will work to U.S. Northern Command's advantage, its commander said today.

Inside the Air Force - 01/17/2014

The Federal Aviation Administration is working to propose a ruling on small unmanned aircraft systems sometime this year, an administration spokeswoman said on Jan. 14. The highly anticipated draft ruling is expected to define what constitutes a small UAS and where it can operate.

Inside the Air Force - 01/03/2014

The Federal Aviation Administration this week announced its much-anticipated selection of six public entities to be tasked with developing test sites and performing research and development work critical to integrating unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace.

Inside the Pentagon - 12/05/2013

Officials from the Defense Department, the Department of Homeland Security and the National Governors Association are preparing a joint statement of principles for shared situational awareness in the cybersecurity realm, a pact that Guard and Reserve advocates hope will provide a new reference point for how federal and state authorities fight cyber threats, according to sources following the issue.

DefenseAlert - 12/04/2013

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said today he will overhaul and trim his office's bureaucracy while improving oversight of key policy matters like cyberwarfare, weapons of mass destruction and homeland defense.

Inside the Pentagon - 11/07/2013

The Air Force this week awarded three study contracts for a joint program with the Missile Defense Agency and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency called the Airborne Weapon Layer, a sign of continuing work toward shooting down enemy ballistic missiles early in their launch phase.

Inside the Pentagon - 11/07/2013

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency is looking for contractors to help run the U.S.-based share of a network of international listening stations for detecting nuclear tests, according to a sources-sought notice issued by the agency this week.

DefenseAlert - 11/05/2013

The Army has wrung nearly $320 million from the estimated procurement cost of the Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) program led by Northrop Grumman, a recalibration achieved by plans to accelerate fielding of select components and bolstered by an Office of the Secretary of Defense-executed independent cost assessment, according to a Pentagon report to Congress.

Inside the Pentagon - 10/31/2013

The Pentagon has successfully completed its first field test of a joint project aimed at developing standardized procedures for effectively operating larger unmanned drones in the national airspace, according to a spokeswoman.

DefenseAlert - 09/12/2013

The Missile Defense Agency has identified the five military installations that will be evaluated as a possible home for a third Ground-based Midcourse Defense site.

Inside the Pentagon - 07/25/2013

America's best chance of eliminating the threat of terrorism lies in adopting a law-enforcement mindset in hotspots around the world, with U.S. military forces in a mere advisory role, according to the chief of U.S. Special Operations Command, Adm. William McRaven.

DefenseAlert - 07/12/2013

Following last week's failed intercept test of a Capability Enhancement-I Ground-Based Interceptor, Republican lawmakers who oversee Pentagon missile defense programs are calling on the Missile Defense Agency to test the weapon again before January, a move that would further accelerate the Defense Department's already aggressive 2013 GBI test plans.

DefenseAlert - 07/09/2013

Last Friday's unsuccessful intercept test of the Pentagon's Ground-based Midcourse Defense system was an immediate setback for the Missile Defense Agency's goal to increase warfighter confidence in recent improvements made to the operational system, and one with potentially wider ramifications.

DefenseAlert - 07/02/2013

The Missile Defense Agency today announced plans to conduct a flight test of a Ground-Based Interceptor missile on July 5 over the Pacific Ocean, a milestone event intended to evaluate improvements made to the operational weapon -- which includes a first-generation exoatmospheric kill vehicle last tested in 2008 -- and bolster confidence in its effectiveness.

DefenseAlert - 06/11/2013

The Pentagon's senior missile defense leaders have told Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) that "no validated military requirement" exists for a Ground-based Midcourse Defense site on the East Coast.

Inside the Pentagon - 06/06/2013

House lawmakers are seeking an update from the Pentagon and the Federal Aviation Administration on how joint efforts are going to integrate unmanned aircraft into the national airspace.

Inside the Air Force - 05/24/2013

Lockheed Martin and the Air Force believe they have put in place the best possible acquisition strategy for recapitalizing the service's AC-130 gunships by modifying MC-130Js after they leave the assembly line, Air Force and company representatives said in interviews last week.

DefenseAlert - 05/22/2013

U.S. military forces running drug interdiction missions in Central and South America are gradually losing their ability to disrupt illicit trafficking, with sequestration, shifting priorities and other budgetary constraints taking aim at the resources needed for the mission, according to a senior military official.

DefenseAlert - 04/17/2013

While the Defense Department is moving to conduct congressionally required environmental site surveys for ground-based interceptor bases on the U.S. East Coast, a final assessment about whether such installations will be needed in the first place has yet to be made, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey told lawmakers.

DefenseAlert - 04/10/2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- The Air Force has resumed full-capacity missile-warning coverage at a radar site in the Aleutian Islands in Alaska due to North Korea's recent ballistic missile threats, according to the chief of the Air Force's space mission.

Inside the Pentagon - 03/28/2013
Lawmakers want the defense secretary to submit a report on the policies and procedures across the department concerning information gathered from unmanned vehicles in the national airspace.
DefenseAlert - 02/07/2013

The Army will base a Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, for the next several years, according to defense officials.

Inside the Pentagon - 12/20/2012
The Defense Department is planning investments in polar communications in fiscal year 2014 and beyond to address an Arctic capability gap identified by U.S. Northern Command, according to command officials.
DefenseAlert - 11/21/2012

The Missile Defense Agency has awarded a $120 million development and testing contract to Huntsville, AL-based deciBel Research, Inc., to work on the Cobra Dane and other upgraded early warning radars.

Inside the Army - 11/19/2012
The Army is looking for a contractor to support the deployment of a Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor system at a site within the United States for a combatant command exercise, according to a request for information posted to the Federal Business Opportunities website on Oct. 26.
Inside the Air Force - 11/09/2012
The Government Accountability Office is recommending that the Air Force work with the Department of Homeland Security on finding a cost-effective way for the Civil Air Patrol to help with homeland security missions.
Inside the Pentagon - 11/01/2012
The Pentagon needs to improve coordination with the Department of Homeland Security, particularly to bolster plans for dealing with cyber attacks, according to the Government Accountability Office.
Inside the Pentagon - 09/13/2012
The Pentagon should build a missile defense site in the Northeast United States to help protect the nation from potential threats from Iran, a move that would take about six years from initial authorization to completion, according to recommendations in a new report issued by the National Academy of Sciences.
Inside the Army - 08/20/2012
Results of this year's U.S. Army North-run training exercise to simulate response procedures in the event of a domestic nuclear terrorist attack showed that improvements could be made in the areas of response time and training sustainment, according to USARNORTH's deputy commanding general.
Inside the Navy - 06/18/2012
The Navy and Coast Guard plan to host a symposium on the Arctic in September at the Naval War College to identify and prioritize arctic capabilities and needs within the next five years, according to Cmdr. Blake McBride, Arctic affairs officer for Task Force Climate Change.
Inside the Air Force - 06/08/2012
A deteriorating Air Force radar system that tracks drug smuggling in the Caribbean has prompted Puerto Rico Del. Pedro Pierluisi (D) to bypass the Defense Department in his search for the resources to keep the system running.
Inside the Pentagon - 06/07/2012
Senate authorizers want the defense secretary to provide annual reports on the Pentagon's progress on research and development to integrate unmanned drones into the national airspace and related funding needs.
Inside the Pentagon - 05/31/2012
House authorizers and appropriators disagree on whether the Pentagon should develop a multimillion-dollar East Coast missile defense system, but there is no formal process for reconciling such differences, according to House Appropriations Committee spokeswoman Jennifer Hing.
Inside the Pentagon - 03/08/2012
U.S. Southern Command and its partners lack the maritime assets needed to stop two-thirds of the traffickers they track, the command's top general said.
Inside the Army - 01/23/2012
Army Secretary John McHugh has issued a new policy Army unmanned aerial vehicle operators must follow when flying these systems outside restricted military air space in U.S. skies.
Inside the Navy - 01/16/2012
As the Coast Guard continues to build the National Security Cutter, the fiscal year 2013 budget shouldn't be "too terrible" for the service, according to Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert Papp, who spoke last week at the Surface Navy Association's annual symposium in Arlington, VA.
DefenseAlert - 12/16/2011

The Department of Homeland Security plans to acquire a Wide Area Aerial Surveillance System to patrol U.S. borders, leveraging a capability rapidly developed by the Air Force to fight the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan by giving operators the ability to monitor an area the size of a small town with an "unblinking eye."

Inside the Pentagon - 12/01/2011
Senators are weighing a variety of amendments to the fiscal year 2012 defense authorization bill, including provisions that would codify audit-readiness dates, prohibit cost-type contracts and call for more cybersecurity cooperation between the Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security.
Inside the Air Force - 11/18/2011
Lockheed Martin recently completed a preliminary design review for the modernization of 29 AN/FPS-117 long-range radars that provide advanced warning and air traffic control surveillance of North America's airspace, according to a company executive.
Inside the Air Force - 09/02/2011
The Federal Aviation Administration is set to decide within the next six months how the Defense Department can integrate its unmanned aerial systems into the national airspace, according to a National Guard source.
Inside the Air Force - 09/02/2011
The Air Force is working to prepare itself for future emergencies like sudden severe weather events or even terrorist attacks by contracting for emergency personnel notification services at many of its bases.
Inside the Pentagon - 09/01/2011
The Defense Department has issued new guidance explaining how it tracks intelligence on civil aviation.
Inside the Air Force - 08/26/2011
Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) is asking the Federal Aviation Administration to reject a National Guard Bureau request to lower the base altitude of a military operation area over the state for border protection training.