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Kylie Bielby

Kylie Bielby has 464 articles published.

Kylie Bielby
Kylie Bielby has more than 20 years' experience in reporting and editing a wide range of security topics, covering geopolitical and policy analysis to international and country-specific trends and events. Before joining GTSC's Homeland Security Today staff, she was an editor and contributor for Jane's, and a columnist and managing editor for security and counter-terror publications.

Weekly Update: TSA Firearm Detections

Over the past several weeks, TSA has experienced a steady growth of travelers coming to airport checkpoints and an escalating number of passengers forgetting to leave their guns and other prohibited items at home.

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GAO Finds Cybersecurity is the Primary Challenge for Federal Agencies’ Take-Up of IoT Technology

A Government Accountability Office report says some federal agencies do not use Internet of Things (IoT) technology due to cybersecurity challenges and other concerns.

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U.S. and Cyprus to Construct Border Security Training Hub

The United States and Cyprus have agreed to construct a regional border security training hub in the Republic of Cyprus. Construction will begin later this year and it will be known as the Cyprus Center for Land, Open-seas, and Port Security (CYCLOPS).

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‘Hitler Youths’ and the Rise of Teenage Far Right Extremists

The underage group, which originated on Instagram, discusses attacking migrants, how to acquire, modify and make weapons and how to hide their political views in order to be able to enlist in the military.

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Weekly Update: TSA Firearm Detections

Last week, TSA officers stopped four separate individuals from bringing a handgun onto an airplane within a seven-day span at Philadelphia International Airport.

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OIG: Lack of Resources Could Lead to Cyber Attack on Nation’s Air Traffic Control Systems

Deputy Director at The Asia Program Michael Kugelman, warned that China would be able to carry out a cyber attack that essentially destroys air traffic control systems at airports around the U.S.

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Texas CBP Facilities Pass OIG Inspections

Office of Inspector General found that three CBP Border Patrol stations and two CBP Office of Field Operations ports of entry appeared to be operating in compliance with the National Standards on Transport, Escort, Detention, and Search (TEDS) standards. 

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Updated: Man Arrested Following Multiple Stabbings in Birmingham, U.K.

Police and ambulance crews were called to reports of a stabbing in Birmingham city center, U.K. shortly after midnight on Sunday September 6. A number of other stabbings were reported in the area shortly after.

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CBP Should Address Facial Recognition System Performance and Privacy Issues, GAO Says

CBP has so far deployed facial recognition technology to 27 airports to confirm travelers’ identities as they depart the United States and is in the early stages of assessing the technology for use at sea and land ports of entry.

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Constellis Announces New Grove City Location

Constellis will be opening a new location in Grove City, Pennsylvania, for the company’s National Security Operations – Investigative Services Group, which conducts background investigations for the Department of Homeland Security and the Intelligence Community.

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DOD Warns of Threat From China’s Military Growth and Nuclear Intentions

China aims for complete military modernization by 2035 and DoD reports that Beijing has marshalled the resources, technology, and political will over the past two decades to strengthen and modernize its military in nearly every respect.

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Weekly Update: TSA Firearm Detections

Transportation Security Administration officers stopped three individuals from each bringing a handgun onto an airplane in a four-day span at Philadelphia International Airport.

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OIG Reviews CBP’s Use of Force on Migrant ‘Caravans’

OIG found that CBP’s use of tear gas during the incidents appeared to be within its use of force policy. However, U.S. Border Patrol did not fully comply with CBP policies related to obtaining an acoustic device with an “alert tone” mode, as well as required less-lethal device training and certification. 

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CrimeSolutions Rates and Removes Programs

New programs rated by CrimeSolutions include a P3i (proactive police patrol information) application for law enforcement and a gun violence reduction program.

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Former British Army Employee Charged With Terrorism Offenses

Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard on August 27 that Morrice had the ingredients to make pyrotechnic composition thermite, along with ball bearings, metal pipes and magnesium ribbon.

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Black Box Reveals Pilots and Passengers on Jet Shot Down in Iran Were Alive After First Strike

On January 8, 2020, Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 was shot down near Tehran, Iran, killing all 176 people on board.

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TSA Expands CT Scanner Rollout at Checkpoints

The technology is similar to CT technology used in the medical field and TSA says research shows that it is the most consequential technology available today for airport checkpoints.

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Maritime and Law Enforcement Authorities Convene to Enhance Measures to Combat Piracy and Sea Robbery in Asia 

Participants from maritime regulatory and law enforcement authorities in Asia, Australia and Europe met virtually for the annual Capacity Building Workshop on August 26.

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