Homeland Security Blog

U.S. Coast Guard Announces Commissioning of Sixth National Security Cutter

September 28, 2016
By Julianne Simpson
The Coast Guard's national security cutters are 418 feet long and have a top speed of 28 knots.

The U.S. Coast Guard announced the service's sixth national security cutter, Munro, will be commissioned April 1, 2017, at the Smith Cove Terminal in Seattle.

First Responder Communication Platform Now Available

August 8, 2016
The Department of Homeland Security has made the Next-Generation Incident Command System globally available.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate has announced the Next-Generation Incident Command System, an information sharing tool for first responders, is now available worldwide.

DHS Seeks Mobile Security Solutions

July 18, 2016

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate will host two industry days to provide additional insights to the mobile and cellular industry and researchers about the Mobile Threats and Defenses request for information (RFI).

Tech Officers' Wish List

June 22, 2016
By George I. Seffers

Cloud computing, mobile devices and apps and automation are some of the top technologies that will affect the future of homeland security, according to a panel of technology officers at the 2016 AFCEA Homeland Security Conference.

DHS Canines Need Wearable Computers

June 22, 2016
By George I. Seffers

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is seeking wearable computers to monitor the canines used to protect U.S. borders. The department also seeks a Global Travel Assessment system and Internet of Things security solutions, officials told the 2016 AFCEA Homeland Security Conference audience.

Smarter Machines, Dumber Operators

June 21, 2016
By George I. Seffers

Anyone walking into the Air and Marine Operations Center may at first be impressed with the numerous workstations, the big screens and live video flowing in from cameras mounted on planes and data flowing from a variety of sensors in the United States and elsewhere. But first impressions can be deceiving.

U.S. Initiates Biometrics Program at Atlanta Airport

June 21, 2016
By George I. Seffers

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) started a pilot program last week at the airport in Atlanta to collect biometrics on passengers leaving the country, marking the first time the United States has collected such information. A CBP official said the government released a request for information last night and hopes to release a request for proposals next year.

DHS Continually Improving for the Mission's Sake

June 21, 2016
By George I. Seffers
Russell Deyo, undersecretary for management, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, addresses attendees at the AFCEA Homeland Security Conference in Washington, D.C.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) may sometimes seem like a confused teenager, but it is growing and maturing and striving to make the country stronger, reports Russell Deyo, the DHS undersecretary for management, at the 2016 AFCEA Homeland Security Conference.

Small Business Interests Covered at AFCEA's Homeland Security Conference

May 17, 2016
By Katie Helwig

AFCEA International's annual Homeland Security Conference takes place June 21 and 22 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C., with small business interests well represented during the event.

DHS and NASA Search for Innovation

April 13, 2016

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced a partnership with the NASA Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation to develop new technology solutions through publicly crowdsourced prize competitions. 

DHS Deploys New Information Sharing Technology

April 7, 2016

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate announced today implementation of a new technology to streamline and improve secure information sharing between the DHS and its partners.

U.S. Coast Guard Approves Electronic Charts and Pubs

February 8, 2016

New U.S. Coast Guard guidance allows electronic charts and publications.

DNI Clapper Names Leaders of Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center

January 7, 2016
By Sandra Jontz

Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, today announced the leaders of the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC). Director Tonya Ugoretz will lead the center, with Maurice Bland as deputy and Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) Research Director Thomas Donahue as part of the team.

Small Businesses, Big DHS Funding Opportunities

December 16, 2016
Maryann Lawlor

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is now accepting proposals for its upcoming Small Business Innovation Research program for fiscal year 2016. 

DHS Seeks Nontraditional Partners to Protect Internet of Things

December 11, 2015

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate announced its first Innovation Other Transaction Solicitation aimed at nontraditional performers such as technology startups to offer solutions to some of the toughest threats facing DHS and the homeland security mission.

Man Beats Machine in Forensics Face-Off

September 28, 2015
By George I. Seffers
To determine facial examiners' skills in matching whether faces in two images are the same person, researchers pushed the boundaries by adding inverted images and photos with backgrounds to the standard face-matching of closely cropped head shots.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology tests law enforcement experts against nonexpert humans and computers.

DHS Adds Houston, Chicago to DNDO Program

September 14, 2015
By Sandra Jontz

The Department of Homeland Security added two cities to its Domestic Nuclear Detection Office’s Securing the Cities program, an effort to increase the nation’s capabilities to detect and protect against radiological and nuclear threats. Officials on Monday announced the addition of Houston and Chicago to the program.

Leverage the Long-Standing Public-Private Partnership for Critical Infrastructure Protection

July 1, 2015
By Robert B. Dix Jr.

At a time when the U.S. critical infrastructure is at its most vulnerable point, the Department of Homeland Security is moving away from cooperation and coordination with the private sector.

Into the Second Decade of Homeland Security

May 22, 2015
By Bill Nolte

The Department of Homeland Security has endured growing pains as a result of its rapid creation, but it also can chalk up significant accomplishments.

DHS S&T Announces Winners of Innovation Prize Competition

May 21, 2015
By George I. Seffers
DHS S&T has awarded two Innovation Prizes to companies offering solutions for first responders.

The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate today announced the winners of S&T’s first innovation prize competition: The Vreeland Institute Inc., Copake, New York., and Certa Cito LLC, Rochester, New York.