House lawmakers press DoD to accelerate weapon deliveries, training for Ukraine
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by Chris Galford
2d ago
Amid ramped up assaults by Russian forces on Ukraine, a group of U.S. Congress members recently urged the Biden administration to hasten deliveries of resources to its Eastern European ally. “The Ukrainian people continue to demonstrate a strong willingness to resist Russian efforts to take sovereign Ukrainian territory by force,” the 13 lawmakers wrote in a letter to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. “Recent reports indicate that aid to Ukraine is not arriving in sufficient quantities and in a timely manner, exacerbating the dire situation on the ground. Ukrainian officials have expressed grav ..read more
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DHS establishes Homeland Intelligence Advisory Council to oversee, advise
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by Chris Galford
2d ago
A new entity under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will advise it on homeland intelligence activities and issues, in the form of the Homeland Intelligence Advisory Board. Announced earlier this month, the Board will report to the Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis, focusing on issues such as operational adherence to principles of privacy and civil liberties. In recognition of the sensitive nature of its intelligence-related discussions, the Secretary exempted the Board from the public notice, reporting, and open meeting requirements of the Federal Advisory Committee ..read more
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Bipartisan Recruit and Retain Act to bolster U.S. police force heads for president’s signature
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by Chris Galford
2d ago
With its passage through the House last week, the Recruit and Retain Act (S. 546) is headed for President Joe Biden, bringing with it a possible expansion of the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant program to back law enforcement recruitment efforts. Originally introduced in the Senate by Deb Fischer (R-NE) and Chris Coons’ (D-DE), its companion legislation was introduced in the House by U.S. Reps. Wesley Hunt (R-TX) and Glenn Ivey (D-MD). All saw it as a way to address staffing shortages through federal incentives, including the creation of a new program to encourage partnershi ..read more
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House advances Israel Security Assistance Support Act
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by HPN News Desk
2d ago
The House of Representatives last week voted through the Israel Security Assistance Support Act (H.R. 8369), which would restrict the president’s ability to withhold weapons transfers to Israel. “The Biden Administration’s decision to withhold weapons is catastrophic and goes directly against the will of Congress,” Speaker Mike Johnson said. “With the passage of the Israel Security Assistance Support Act, we send a clear message of solidarity and support to Israel and demand the urgent delivery of defense weapons to our most important ally in the Middle East.” The legislation was introduced w ..read more
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Effort to equip female DHS officers with better tailored body armor advances through Senate committee
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by Chris Galford
2d ago
A bill from U.S. Sens. Gary Peters (D-MI) and Katie Britt (R-AL) to get next generation body armor – better suited to its wearers – to the Department of Homeland Security’s(DHS) law enforcement personnel advanced swiftly out of committee last week. The senators introduced the DHS Better Ballistic Body Armor Act (S. 4305) earlier this month, based on ballistic testing by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in 2022. In that analysis, the FBI found that body armor typically used by DHS officers can deflect bullets off the chest armor piece and directly into the throat – something to which ..read more
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Bipartisan effort calls for details on foreign attempts to infiltrate U.S. military bases
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by Chris Galford
1w ago
A group of seven U.S. representatives recently wrote to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin in a search for details on foreign adversaries’ attempts to spy on U.S. military bases. Led by U.S. Reps. Keith Self (R-TX) and Jared Moskowitz (D-FL), the members asked Austin to detail the number of encounters with infiltrators aligned with countries such as China, Russia and Iran. “Since 9/11, our country has witnessed increased threats from foreign adversaries,” Moskowitz said. “However, these adversaries have transitioned from terrorist groups to nation-states with the sole intent on destroying America ..read more
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House bill calls for AI task force within Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
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by Chris Galford
1w ago
As more governments and businesses seek what artificial intelligence (AI) can offer, U.S. Reps. Troy Carter, Sr. (D-LA) and Bennie Thompson (D-MS) want to make certain guardrails are in place through new legislation and a new federal task force. In the recently introduced Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Securing AI Task Force Act, the pair proposed the creation of a task force dedicated solely to the safety and security challenges presented by AI. That task force would, as the name implies, operate within CISA, at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Task force m ..read more
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Senators push to preserve procurement levels for attack submarines
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by Chris Galford
1w ago
A group of 14 U.S. senators recently called on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense to maintain a two-per-year procurement of Virginia Class submarines for the sake of military dominance and industrial support. Signatories to a letter on the matter included Democrats and Republicans alike, united in support of the attack submarine program. “Cutting funding for the Virginia-Class program sends a terrible message to the submarine industrial base working vigorously to rebuild in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis,” the senators wrote. “Preserving a consistent production schedule i ..read more
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House advances appropriations for Coast Guard operations through 2026
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by Chris Galford
1w ago
In approving the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2024 (H.R. 7659), the House recently authorized funding for the service’s operations and recapitalization efforts in 2025 and 2026, among other measures. “The men and women of the Coast Guard deserve the support of this Congress in their efforts to meet the challenges of their ever-growing mission set,” Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO), one of the introducers of the legislation, said after its passage. “Those missions are wide-ranging and include ensuring the safety of maritime trade and a critical part of ..read more
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Commerce Department blacklists 37 Chinese entities over quantum, spying concerns
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by Chris Galford
1w ago
The U.S. Commerce Department recently added 37 Chinese entities to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) trade restriction list, blacklisting them for a wide range of national security concerns. The reasons ranged from support for the spy balloon that flew over the United States last year, to attempts to obtain American technology in support of China’s quantum technology capabilities, to assisting Russian aggression against Ukraine. In all, 11 such entities were accused of connections to last year’s balloon incident, whereas the others – companies, research institutions and more – were ..read more
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