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CYBER WARFARE AND HOMELAND SECURITY UPDATE

12 Apr 13. Cut Proposed For U.S. Coast Guard Budget. The U.S. Coast Guard has proposed a fiscal year 2014 budget cut that funds the service at a level below fiscal year 2012. The Coast Guard is proposing a fiscal 2014 budget of about $9.8 billion — compared to a fiscal year 2013 budget that with the continuing resolution effects totaled about $11bn, and a fiscal 2012 budget of about $10.7bn. The budget provides about $743m for surface assets, including funding of the seventh National Security Cutter (NSC), meant to replace the aging fleet of High Endurance Cutters that were first commissioned in 1967. “The acquisition of NSC-7 is vital for performing DHS missions in the far offshore regions, including the harsh operating environment of the Pacific Ocean, Bering Sea, and Arctic as well as providing for robust homeland security contingency response,” the Coast Guard says. (Source: glstrade.com/AvWeek)

14 Apr 13. McAfee joined top cybersecurity specialists from the public and private sector to improve the effectiveness of computer security for all Americans. The first-of-its-kind National Cybersecurity Excellence Partnership is part of the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, which is hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology in collaboration with the state of Maryland and Montgomery County. McAfee is a charter member of the Center, which was launched in February 2012. The Center will have a special focus on shared technologies so that technologies from one company or government laboratory can take advantage of the capabilities of others in the marketplace. Most, if not all, of the work produced through the partnership will be released to the public in order to better secure the nation’s critical infrastructure. McAfee signed a Memorandum of Understanding with NIST at the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, 9600 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville, Md., 20850. (Source: Yahoo!/BUSINESS WIRE)

11 Apr 13. Air Force designates six tools as cyber weapons. The Air Force has approved the weapons system designation for six of its cyber capabilities as part of an ongoing effort to make cyber a normal part of its operational capabilities for warfare, said Lt. Gen. John Hyten, the Air Force Space Command vice commander, at a cyber event. The decision to designate certain tools as cyber weapons was made by the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Hyten said April 8 at the Space Foundation’s Cyber 1.3 event in Colorado Springs, Colo. His presentation focused on the importance of getting back to the basics in cyber, and also the distinctions between cyber operations, IT and weapon systems, according to an Air Force news story. The Air Force also is integrating those cyber capabilities with other joint capabilities to meet combatant commanders’ requirements, Hyten said. All of the U.S. military services are endorsing a force presentation model that will build mission ready teams to support both U.S. Cyber Command and combatant command missions, he said. Hyten did not disclose the names of the six cyber weapons nor give any specific details about them. In his presentation, Hyten stressed the need for the Defense Department and the private sector to agree on some basic definitions for the cyber realm, Hyten said. (Source: Defense Systems)

08 Apr 13. L-3 TRL is launching its next-generation CATAPAN® Secure Network Solutions at the Infosecurity Europe 2013 exhibition, Earls Court, London, 23–25 April. These latest solutions include Mini-CATAPAN Lite, a secure voice and data device, as well as a comprehensive range of gateway and network defence capabilities and a variety of bundled airtime services. Together, they enhance L-3 TRL’s existing CATAPAN portfolio by delivering more functionality with increased accessibility to secure communications solution. Designed to prevent emerging cyber attacks, L-3 TRL’s range of Network Defence services caters to the High Assurance requirements of fixed and mobile networks, whilst i

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