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Kylie Bielby

Kylie Bielby has 612 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.

GAO: Actions Are Needed to Address the Cost and Readiness Implications of Continued DOD Support to CBP

While not the lead agency responsible for border security, the Department of Defense (DOD) provides U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) with personnel and other support.

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Weekly Update: TSA Firearm Detections

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers have caught four guns within 12 days at Pittsburgh International Airport with the latest catch taking place on Monday, February 15.

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Boeing Grounds 777 Following Denver Incident

Boeing has pulled its 777 planes that are powered by Pratt & Whitney 4000 series engines after a United Airlines flight was forced to return to Denver International Airport on February 20 after it suffered an engine failure shortly after takeoff, causing debris to fall in greater Denver.

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GAO: DHS Needs to Improve Countering Violent Extremism Grants Management, Data Collection

From 2010 through 2019, 205 deaths resulted from 59 violent extremist attacks in the United States.

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Vanderlande Launches Self-Service Application for Airport Security Checkpoints

Vanderlande has launched PAX Divest Assistant, a new self-service application for airport security checkpoints. It is designed to allow passengers to move through the divestment process without the help of a local agent.

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CBP Makes Two Apprehensions Through Facial Biometrics at Canada Preclearance Locations

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers recently made apprehensions in Toronto and Vancouver, immediately following the implementation of Simplified Arrival, an enhanced international arrival process using facial biometrics, which began in Canada earlier this month.   

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TSA Seeks to Hire Over 6,000 Airport Security Screening Officers

Targeted recruitment, virtual job fairs, and opportunities in dozens of cities have already been announced for individuals seeking part-time and full-time opportunities.

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Beyond Climate Change: Ecological Disruption Calls for a National Security Reboot

The Converging Risks Lab of the Council on Strategic Risks has identified ecological disruption as a “major and underappreciated security threat” and calls on the U.S. to reboot its national security architecture and doctrine to better respond to this evolving threat landscape. 

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Weekly Update: TSA Firearm Detections

Last week got off to a busy start for Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers as several guns were caught around the country on Monday 8 February. These included a .380 caliber handgun loaded with five bullets at Pittsburgh International Airport. 

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CBP Canine Teams Come Under Fire as OIG Says Improvements Are Needed

Canine teams play a vital role in detecting people, illicit goods, and prohibited agricultural items from entering the country illegally. CBP’s Canine Program is the largest canine program in the Department of Homeland Security, with more than 1,500 canine teams deployed.

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U.K. Reduces Terrorism Threat Level

The U.K. has reduced its terrorism threat level from ‘severe’ to ‘substantial’. Substantial is the third highest tier and indicates that an attack is deemed to be likely. The U.K. had been on a severe terrorism threat level since November following attacks in Europe.

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OIG: DHS Did Not Sufficiently Identify, Review and Validate Contract Award Information

OIG identified no systemic instances of noncompliance. However, it determined the Department’s report was inaccurate because DHS did not sufficiently identify, review, and validate the award information. Rather, DHS officials included competitive contract awards and other contract awards not subject to competition requirements in the report.

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Convicted Terrorist Arrested at Heathrow Airport on Return to U.K.

A man has appeared in court charged with terrorism offenses, following his arrest at Heathrow Airport, U.K. on February 3 after arriving on a flight from Turkey.

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OIG to Audit UAS Integration

Following the release of the Government Accountability Office’s report on unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and their integration into the national airspace, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) at the Department of Transportation has now announced an audit into UAS integration.

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FEMA’s Grant Application Process is Complex and Lengthy, Say State and Local Officials

During a Government Accountability Office review, state and local officials from selected jurisdictions reported challenges with FEMA’s hazard mitigation grant programs, with 10 of the 12 jurisdictions saying grant application processes were complex and lengthy.

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GAO Tells FAA to Better Communicate With Stakeholders on Its UAS Traffic Management System

Public policy changes related to cybersecurity and UAS will inevitably affect UTM implementation and FAA is therefore working with industry partners and federal stakeholders to identify and address the cybersecurity risks associated with the overall national airspace system.

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OIG Initiates FISMA Audits at Department of Transportation

DOT relies on over 450 information systems to carry out its mission, which includes safely managing air traffic control operations and administering billions of dollars. OIG identified 51 open recommendations through its 2020 FISMA audit. 

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TSA’s Firearm Detection Rate Doubled in 2020 – But Why?

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers detected twice as many firearms per million passengers screened at airport security checkpoints nationwide in 2020 compared to 2019, and at a significantly higher rate than any other year since the agency’s inception.

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