GovCon Wire’s Weekly Roundup: DHS Cybersecurity Budget, “Detainer” Reports, Appointments and More

Weekly Roundup

March 20 – March 24 2017

A Note From Our President & Founder Jim Garrettson

The 2018 fiscal year budget blueprint released by the Trump administration last week has continued to be a hot topic in the GovCon community, particularly its request for an increased defense budget.

The proposed $54 billion increase in defense spending has been the subject of much discussion and speculation, perhaps overshadowing some of the other critical aspects of the FY 2018 budget proposal. Trump’s budget blueprint also seeks an increase of funding for cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security.

The Trump administration is requesting a total discretionary budget of $44.1 billion for the DHS in FY 2018, a 6.8 percent ($2.8 billion) increase from the last fiscal year. The 2018 FY budget outline requests that $1.5 billion be allocated to the DHS for cybersecurity purposes. If granted, the funding would allow the DHS to bolster its ability to protect federal government computer networks and national critical infrastructure from cyberattacks. By utilizing new and advanced cybersecurity tools and “more assertive defense of Government networks, DHS would share more cybersecurity incident information with other Federal agencies and the private sector, leading to faster responses to cybersecurity attacks directed at Federal networks and critical infrastructure,” the blueprint said.

On Monday, the DHS released a report about undocumented immigrants with criminal charges or convictions that had been released from jails in sanctuary cities. The report, focusing largely on these sanctuary cities, is the first of a new weekly series that the Trump administration hopes will pressure local law enforcement agencies to cooperate with the federal government in enforcing immigration policies. The “detainer” report identified 118 law enforcement agencies that refused to comply with Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency policies.

In other DHS related news, President Trump intends to nominate David Glawe as the nextundersecretary for intelligence and analysis at the Department of Homeland Security. Glawe currently serves as assistant commissioner of the Customers and Border Protection agency.

President Trump also designated Rear Admiral Robert Hayes, a 29-year veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and former assistant commandant for intelligence at the military branch, as DHS acting undersecretary for intelligence and analysis.


Alessandro Profumo, former CEO of Italian bank Unicredit, has been tapped by the Italian government to succeed Mauro Moretti as CEO of Leonardo. Profumo’s appointment comes weeks after Leonardo agreed to purchase Daylight Solutions through its U.S. subsidiary DRS under an equity deal worth $150 million and nearly two months after it ended its partnership with Raytheon to compete for the U.S. Air Force’s T-X trainer aircraft program.

Samraat “Sam” Raha, formerly vice president of global marketing at San Diego-based genomics firm llumina, has been appointed senior VP of strategy and corporate development at Agilent Technologies. He will report directly to Agilent President and CEO Mike McMullen and serve as a strategic adviser to the Santa Clara, California-based life sciences firm’s executive team on merger- and-acquisition and growth strategies.

Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle, a retired Air Force general, has been appointed president and CEO of the National Defense Industrial Association in a move that will take effect in June. Carlisle will succeedCraig McKinley, who announced plans in August 2016 to retire after a two-year term as NDIA’s president and CEO. Carlisle is a 39-year Air Force veteran who retired from military service early this month as commander of the Air Combat Command.


Vectrus Unit Secures Recompete Contract for Maxwell AFB Base Operations Support; Chuck Prow Comments
A Vectrus subsidiary has secured a $37 million recompete contract from the U.S. Air Force to provide base operations support services at the Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base in Alabama.
MBDA Unveils New Short Range Air Defense System
MBDA has introduced a short range air defense system offering that is built upon a remotely controlled turret.
James Mattis Urges Congress to Authorize Extra $30B in Defense Funds for FY 2017
Defense Secretary James Mattis has urged Congress to approve President Donald Trump’s request for an additional $30 billion to fund defence programs.
DHS Tests Face Recognition Algorithms for Law Enforcement Applications
The Department of Homeland Security has tested face recognition algorithms using video data to support potential law enforcement applications.
Marillyn Hewson: Lockheed Aims to Reduce F-35A Cost to $85M Per Aircraft by 2019
Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson has said the company aims to reduce the price of the F-35A fighter jet to $85 million or lower per aircraft by 2019 as part of its goal to save over $5 billion on the F-35 program.
Report: Former Unicredit CEO Alessandro Profumo to Succeed Mauro Moretti as Leonardo CEO
Alessandro Profumo, former CEO of Italian bank Unicredit, has been tapped by the Italian government to succeed Mauro Moretti as CEO of Leonardo.
CBP Posts Border Wall Prototype Design, Construction RFPs
The Customs and Border Protection seeks industry proposals for the design and construction of prototypes for President Donald Trump’s planned U.S.-Mexico border wall.
NTT Data to Help Update DOJ’s Immigration Review IT Support System
NTT Data has secured a potential five-year, $34.5 million contract to help the Justice Department modernize an information technology support system at DOJ’s Executive Office for Immigration Review.
Siemens to Help Implement Energy Conservation Measures at Army Battle Tank Repair Facility
Siemens has received a potential 15-year, $11.8 million contract from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to perform upgrades at the Lima, Ohio-based Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in an effort to reduce the facility’s energy consumption.
David Glawe to Be Nominated DHS Undersecretary for Intell, Analysis
President Donald Trump intends to nominate David Glawe, assistant commissioner of the Customs and Border Protection agency, as the next undersecretary for intelligence and analysis at the Department of Homeland Security.

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