Homeland Security Blog

TSA Shares Business Opportunities Tips

November 23, 2020
By Maryann Lawlor
Donald Pekoske (l), administrator, Transportation Security Administration, speaks with Federal Air Marshal’s Executive Assistant Administrator Michael Ondocin at the TSA 23rd virtual employee town hall meeting. Credit: TSA photo

The Transportation Security Administration offers industry numerous new ways to provide both standard and innovative solutions to improve traveler and workforce safety.

Defense Depends on Total Transport

October 23, 2020
By Maryann Lawlor
U.S. Marines assigned to 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing offload equipment from the aviation logistic ship S.S. Wright during Exercise Trident Juncture 18 at Orkanger Port, Norway. The exercise enhances the U.S. and NATO Allies’ and partners’ abilities to work together collectively to conduct military operations under challenging conditions. Credit: U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Cody J. Ohira, Airmen from the 37th Airlift Squadron and 86th Logistics Readiness Squadron load a low-cost low-altitude drop into a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft as the flight crew prepares for a night-time training mission during 2021 Aviation Detachment Rotation at 33rd Air Base near Powidz, Poland. The LCLA drop contents would consist of supplies or equipment for a small subset of units. Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristof J. Rixmann

Ensuring the mobility of troops and support equipment in the European theater will depend on coordinated command and control.

Preparations Incomplete for Next U.S. Disaster

October 15, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
(Clockwise from upper left) Webinar moderator James FX Payne, James P. Craft, Asha M. George, Scott Charney, David Bray and Steve Shirley discuss the findings and recommendations of the AFCEA Cyber Committee's White Paper "COVID-19 Compels Better NSEP Planning."

A panel of experts describes the steps outlined in an AFCEA white paper to build better national emergency preparedness.

The National Security Implications of Climate Change

September 18, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Climate change and the damage it inflicts have profound implications to national security, experts say. Credit: Shutterstock/Sepp Photography, Near-peer adversaries are looking to take advantage in the Arctic region, enabling by ice melt and thinning due to climate change. Credit:Shutterstock/Alexey Seafarer

Risk to the U.S. military and the nation abound from direct and indirect weather impacts as well as from near-peer adversary actions.

Pandemic Shifts Workforce Indefinitely

September 16, 2020
By Maryann Lawlor
Bryan Ware (top l) and Jeff Reed (bottom) discussed some of the global shifts in cybersecurity requirements. The two shared their observations during a panel moderated by Jon Check, cyber protection solutions, intelligence and space unit, Raytheon, during the Billington Cybersecurity Summit.

COVID-19 has done more than increase hand-washing and mask-wearing. It has meant an entirely new way of communicating and collaborating.

Deploying Citizen Identity At Scale Requires Collaboration

September 10, 2020
By Julianne Simpson
Credit: Golden Sikorka/Shutterstock

Digital identity has the potential to positively transform citizen engagement and access to government services in the digital age.

States Struggle to Adapt Their Identity Management Under COVID-19 Conditions

September 9, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Credit: Shutterstock/Golden Sikorka

The federal government, meanwhile, turns more to research centers for contracting identity solutions.

FBI Upgrades Biometric Technologies

September 8, 2020
By George I. Seffers
FBI officials indicate the bureau's next-generation iris recognition system could be fully operational by October. Credit: Gerd Altmann/Pixabay

The bureau adds iris recognition and altered fingerprint detection.

Public and Private Sectors Team to Fight Election Interference

August 26, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Credit: Shutterstock/ozrimoz

Government and industry, particularly social media, are collaborating on efforts to reduce the effect of foreign disinformation on the November election. But their task is daunting.

People Watching Provides Pandemic Insights

August 24, 2020
By George I. Seffers
New York City was one of the early hotspots for the spread of COVID-19. New York University researchers funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation have been studying human behavior near medical facilities to help inform policies on pandemics and other potential disasters. Credit: GagliardiPhotography/Shutterstock

Researchers are studying people’s behavior as they leave healthcare facilities to help develop localized disease-transmission models that can be applied to areas such as cities. 

DHS to Hold Virtual Industry Day for COVID-19 Solutions

August 12, 2020
Posted by George I. Seffers
The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate intends to hold a virtual industry day next week seeking solutions to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo credit: U.S. Army

The topic call is seeking commercially available technology solutions to address pandemic-related needs.

An Umbrella Approach to National Emergency Preparedness Is Needed

August 4, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
A COVID-19 patient is treated in a quarantine room by health care workers garbed in personal protective equipment. The pandemic has laid bare the shortcomings in U.S. national security emergency preparedness, and experts state that only a national effort will remedy the problem. Credit: Shutterstock/Mongkolchon Akesin

National security emergency preparedness is lacking a critical national approach, says a team of experts.

Consortium Researches 911 Communications Interoperability

August 4, 2020
By Maryann Lawlor
Response personnel at 911 call centers nationwide will benefit from research to improve the interoperability and compatibility of Next-Generation 911 systems. Credit: Photo by U.S. Department of Commerce

DHS Center of Excellence will develop a framework and process for testing interoperability of Next-Generation 911 systems.

Securing Against Possible Electromagnetic Pulse Attacks

July 29, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Firefighters from 502nd Civil Engineering Squadron at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph conduct an exercise in June 2019 to improve the base's resiliency. The San Antonio region is also preparing for any possible electromagnetic pulse events, which could be detrimental to power and operations. Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Sean M. Worrell

Leaders at Joint Base San Antonio and the region are mapping a path to protect critical infrastructure.

DHS Tool Helps Plan for and Counter Bomb Attacks

July 24, 2020
Army National Guard Chaplain Lt. Col. Henry Roberson (center) gives communion to search and rescue workers across the street from the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the site of a 1995 terrorist attack caused by a fertilizer bomb. The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate is building a modeling tool that will help officials plan for and counter attacks at special events. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Marvin Krause, U.S. Air Force

HExCAT helps public officials to plan for and counter attacks at special events, such as parades, elections, sporting events and inaugurations.

Natural Threats Dominate Transatlantic Jam Session Findings

July 10, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Credit: Shutterstock/Wth

The pandemic and climate change, along with Russian and Chinese manipulation, challenge the free world as experts in global security convene online.

Automation Boosts App Security Testing

July 1, 2020
By Maryann Lawlor
Capt. Liaquat Ali, USAF, deputy director of AF Connect, speaks to airmen about the Air Force Connect mobile app at the Air National Guard training and education center. Capt. Ali's team at the Pentagon rolled out the innovation, which allows both public and restricted-access communications on personal mobile devices. Photo by Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith, ANG, The U.S. military depends on secure apps for information sharing. U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Chandler Baker

Under a joint pilot program, verifying the security of mobile application software for use within the federal government no longer needs to be time consuming or expensive.

DHS Funds U.S. Small Business Research

June 11, 2020
Posted by Maryann Lawlor
Unified communications benefit from mobile access and multi-use smart technologies such as smartphones and tablets to enable personnel to conduct their mission tasks. Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Hawkins/Released

More than two dozen research contracts have been awarded to small businesses to participate in phase one of the DHS S&T Directorate's SBIR program.

Primaries Present Initial Test of Cybersecurity Efforts

June 3, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency put in place a cyber situational awareness room on Tuesday to support state and local governments' voting primaries. Credit: Shutterstock/Melinda Nagy

DHS agency works to support states’ voting security amid the pandemic and civil unrest.

Senate Hearing Puts FCC Ligado Decision in the Crosshairs

May 7, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Dana Deasy, chief information officer, U.S. Defense Department, pictured speaking at the Pentagon last August, testified before the Senate as to the risks to GPS of allowing Ligado to operate in a nearby spectrum. Credit: DOD photo by Air Force Staff Sgt. Andrew Carroll

DOD CIO attests that allowing the company’s cellular network puts the military’s satellite navigation operations at a big risk.