DHS, Coast Guard extend limited contract relief for Offshore Patrol Cutter

October 11, 2019 – The Department of Homeland Security, in close coordination with the U.S. Coast Guard, granted extraordinary relief to the Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG) for the Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) under the authority of Public Law (P.L.) ESG submitted a request June 30, 2019, for extraordinary relief after their shipbuilding facilities sustained significant damages from Hurricane Michael, a Category 5 storm, in October 2018. Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan made the decision to grant extraordinary contract relief limited to the first four hulls on the…

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USCGC Seneca Returns Home From Successful Drug Patrol

September 25, 2018 – Coast Guard Cutter Seneca returned Tuesday to their homeport of Boston following a 50-day counter-drug patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Seneca crewmembers and a tactical law enforcement detachment team conducted multiple interdictions while patrolling international waters off the coast of Central America and South America in support of the Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-South). The interdictions resulted in more than 1,840 kilograms of cocaine and 35 pounds of marijuana seized with an estimated value of $61 million street value. Throughout the patrol, Seneca intercepted…

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DHS Announces Strengthened Northern Border Strategy

On June 12, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published an updated Northern Border Strategy (NBS). The strategy establishes a clear vision and concrete actions that will improve DHS’s efforts to safeguard our northern border against terrorist and criminal threats, facilitate the safe and efficient flow of lawful cross-border trade and travel, and strengthen cross-border critical infrastructure protection and community resilience.

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Raytheon builds small satellites for Department of Homeland Security

Raytheon Company has built two small, Polar Scout satellites for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in partnership with Millennium Engineering and Integration. The satellites have flexible radio frequency receivers to help search and rescue teams locate emergency beacons in remote areas, such as the Arctic. Raytheon assembles small satellites at its advanced missile production facility in Tucson, Arizona. Raytheon assembled the small satellites at the company’s advanced missile production facility in Tucson, Arizona. The smallsats are part of a project led by the U.S. Air Force Operationally Responsive Space…

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RFP Released for USCG’s Heavy Polar Icebreaker

The U.S. Navy, in collaboration with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) under an Integrated Program Office (IPO), released a request for proposal (RFP) on March 2, 2018, for the advance procurement and detail design for the USCG’s heavy polar icebreaker (HPIB), with options for detail design and construction (DD&C) for up to three HPIBs. The IPO is using a full and open competition strategy for DD&C; a single contract award will be made in FY 2019. On February 21, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acquisition Review Board approved the…

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Coast Guard Commandant Highlights National Security Missions

April 12, 2017 — As a unique instrument of national security, the U.S. Coast Guard works in a broad spectrum of areas to secure America’s maritime borders and protect U.S. interests at home and abroad, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul F. Zukunft told reporters here today. The Coast Guard, which has more than 40,000 active duty members, 7,000 reservists and 8,500 civilians, is the only branch of the U.S. armed forces that has broad law enforcement authorities, Zukunft explained to a roundtable of the Defense Writers Group, a nonprofit association…

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