Category Archives: Homeland Security

Happy 227th Birthday Coast Guard—A Look at Some Recent Fleet Modernization Efforts

Here’s a water cooler fun-fact: it’s Coast Guard Day! On this day in 1790, the Tariff Act authorized the construction of 10 ships to enforce maritime tariff and trade laws and prevent smuggling. These ships—known as “revenue cutters” for the … Continue reading

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Is DOD Ready to Support a Response to a Cyber Attack?

Critical infrastructure—the facilities and systems that support banking, commerce, energy, and more—is vital to our national economy, security, and public health. It can also be vulnerable to cyber attacks, which are increasing in frequency, sophistication, and severity. In the event … Continue reading

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A “Quick Look” at DOD, NASA, and DHS Acquisitions

For the past 15 years, we’ve been reviewing the federal government’s largest acquisition programs in our “Quick Looks”—and our latest reports featured the Department of Defense, NASA, and the Department of Homeland Security. While each agency serves a different mission, … Continue reading

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Trends in Federal Contracting

In fiscal year 2015, the federal government spent more than $430 billion on contracts for goods and services—almost 40 percent of all discretionary spending. These contracts covered everything from products such as major weapons systems and IT equipment, to services … Continue reading

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Podcast Roundup – Podcasts You May Have Missed

We’ve been busy podcasting! If you’re not subscribed on iTunes or our RSS feed, you may be missing out. Today’s WatchBlog catches you up on some of our recent podcasts.

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Transportation Security of Radioactive Sources (podcast)

Since September 11, 2001, concerns have been raised that medical, industrial, and research related radioactive materials could be stolen by terrorists and used to create a “dirty bomb.” As such, transportation security of high-risk radioactive materials is particularly important, and … Continue reading

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Security of Federal Facilities Leased from Foreign Owners (Podcast)

The federal government leases space for many high-security federal agencies—such as the FBI and the DEA—which may conduct classified operations and handle sensitive data. If the spaces are in buildings owned by foreign entities, how does the government address potential … Continue reading

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Earthquake Preparedness (podcast)

As the 2011 Virginia earthquake demonstrated, earthquakes aren’t just a west coast concern. The quake shook the entire D.C.-metro region, surprising a population unaccustomed to seismic activity—including us. Unlike hurricanes, earthquakes can be hard to prepare for because they’re so … Continue reading

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Human Trafficking in the United States

Human trafficking— using force, fraud or coercion to exploit a person for the purposes of commercial sex or to work against their will—happens in the United States. But it’s not always easy to recognize the victims or understand the scope … Continue reading

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Electromagnetic Risks to the Nation’s Electric Grid (podcast)

A world without electricity sounds like the setting of a summer blockbuster, but electromagnetic events could pose real risks to the national power grid. These risks can be the result of a man-made explosion high above the ground creating an … Continue reading

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