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Homeland Defense Watch

November 1, 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.

September 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.

August 17, 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.

June 7, 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.

May 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.

March 8, 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.

January 20, 2012

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.

January 13, 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.
December 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."

December 1, 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.

September 1, 2011

The Defense Department has issued new guidance explaining how it tracks intelligence on civil aviation.

June 16, 2011

The Pentagon is incapable of persistently tracking all ships in the Arctic that might threaten U.S. security or interests and will likely wrestle with that capability gap for decades, the Defense Department warns Congress in a new report.

June 9, 2011

A new Pentagon study has identified gaps in the military's Arctic capabilities that could be costly to fix, but stops short of urging significant investment in high-tech solutions amid a major effort by the White House and the Defense Department to slash security spending over the next decade.

June 9, 2011

A recently signed multilateral search-and-rescue agreement that involves the Coast Guard and the Defense Department underscores the increased attention the Arctic region is receiving from governments around the world.

May 13, 2011
Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert Papp defended plans to eventually ask for over $2 billion in one year to cover the Offshore Patrol Cutter and National Security Cutter before lawmakers last week.
May 5, 2011

The Defense Department could need a "topline increase" in its budget in order to play a supporting role in the defense of the nation's critical infrastructure, according to Marine Forces Cyber Command's chief of staff, Col. Steve Zotti.

May 3, 2011

A House panel wants the Pentagon to prepare a study on economic warfare threats to the nation, expressing concern about the long-term vulnerability of the military to attacks designed to erode the economic health of the nation and sap investments required for the armed forces to sustain technological superiority.

April 29, 2011
The Obama administration is in the final stages of drafting a report on how the government can best keep federal employees from accessing and dispersing information illegally, according to Janice Haith, the Navy's deputy chief information officer.
April 28, 2011

The Pentagon will team with Canada's defense ministry to develop ultra-wideband noise radar technologies that could provide a last line of defense against deadly terrorist attacks by covertly detecting concealed weapons, suicide bombers and improvised explosive devices.

April 15, 2011
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- The commandant of the Coast Guard sees plenty of reasons the United States will need polar icebreakers for the "foreseeable future," despite speculation that thinning ice in the Arctic could make the icebreakers replaceable with other ice-hardened ships, the admiral said last week.