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Homeland Defense Watch

December 20, 2016 |

In an Oct. 20, 2016, terms of reference memo, Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall commissions the Defense Science Board to form a task force on the "Role of DOD in Homeland Defense."

December 13, 2016 |

The Trump transition team officially announced Monday the nomination of retired Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly to be the next homeland security secretary, a pick that emphasizes the incoming administration's focus on the department's border security and immigration mission, over other wide-ranging responsibilities such as data protection.

February 04, 2015 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon aims to complete a joint capability technology demonstration by fiscal year 2017 for a program that seeks to improve operations of the National Capital Region's integrated air defense system and guard against air threats, Defense Department acquisition chief Frank Kendall told lawmakers in a "for official use only" report.

October 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.

July 30, 2014 | Inside the Pentagon

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.

June 26, 2014 | Inside the Air Force

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.

May 29, 2014 | Inside the Air Force

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.

May 07, 2014 | Inside the Pentagon

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.

May 01, 2014 | Inside the Air Force

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.

March 20, 2014 | Inside the Air Force

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.

March 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.

January 16, 2014 | Inside the Air Force

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.

January 02, 2014 | Inside the Air Force

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.

December 04, 2013 | Inside the Pentagon

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.

December 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.

November 07, 2013 | Inside the Pentagon

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.

November 07, 2013 | Inside the Pentagon

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.

November 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.

October 30, 2013 | Inside the Pentagon

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.

September 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.

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