On Tuesday January 14th The House of Representatives passed a 2014 Defense Appropriations bill to the tune of $486.9 billion. Included in the appropriations bill was $447
million for Cyber Command, $157 million for Sexual Assault Prevention and Response programs, and an additional $25 million to expand the Sexual Assault Victims’ Counsel
program to all the military services. Last year cyber command received $191 million. The bill also provides a 1% raise for the military.
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Daily Times reports: National legislation designed to bolster the nation’s defense against the types of cyber attacks that devastated Target is expected to receive a markup in subcommittee this week.
The National Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection Act was introduced last month by a bipartisan group of legislators, including U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan, R-7, of Upper Darby.
The bill is designed to strengthen efforts to protect critical infrastructure from cyber attacks. It establishes an equal partnership between private industry and the Department of Homeland Security in an effort to mitigate damage from cyber attacks. It also prohibits any new DHS regulations.
Meehan serves as the chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies.
“The cyber bill is one of the things that can be of significant assistance in terms of enabling us to work collabo...
CHARLESTON, WV — After distributing 7,000 gallons of water in a two-hour period Friday evening, Jimmy Gianato, director of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, said he was tired, but at the same time, inspired.
“The response has been incredible,” Gianato said. “The governor (Earl Ray Tomblin) set up a food and water drop-off place here at the Capitol, but it turned into a distribution site. We have plenty of soldiers with the National Guard here, some additional troops, folks from the county, FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) personnel, and volunteers here to help.
“The lines stretched back to where you couldn’t see the end, but everyone got what they needed,” Gianato said. “To me, it was just another example of West Virginians helping West Virginians. I’ve been through several challenging events, but one thing has been constant — West Virginians helping West Virginians.”
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The San Diego Union-Tribune reported:
A suspected top enforcer for Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel is facing extradition to San Diego on drug trafficking charges after his arrest in Amsterdam this week.
Jose Rodrigo Arechiga Gamboa, who goes by the nickname “El Chino Antrax,” was arrested Monday after his flight from Mexico City landed at Schipol airport in the Netherlands, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
A San Diego federal grand jury indicted Arechiga on Dec. 20 with conspiracy to distribute drugs and conspiracy to import drugs, specifically methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana, according to the indictment, which was unsealed Friday.
The court issued a warrant for his arrest and reached out to foreign authorities to aid in his capture. He had taken a KLM airlines flight under a fake name, U.S. attorney spokeswoman Kelly Thornton said.
The U.S. is seeking his extradition to San Diego. No further d...
Mississippi Business Journal Reports: As Camp Shelby’s role as the National Guard’s largest mobilization center is winding down, its leaders are focusing now on a future in cyberspace and drones for the facility.
Camp Shelby [located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi] will be in the center of a research project just getting under way that will bring together the Army, Navy, Air Force and Department of Homeland Security to figure out the most efficient use of open source software for their unmanned aircraft systems.
It’s quite a leap for the historic Forrest County facility. “Camp Shelby has been here for almost a century,” said Lt. Col. Rick Weaver, the operations officer. “We were built on tanks and Howitzers and now we’re looking at the realm of cyberspace and the UAS market.”
A study in July by the Government Accounting Office urging agencies with unmanned aerial vehicles to share their best practices using open source systems pro...