The TSA, not airlines, would be responsible for checking passenger lists against a no-fly list of suspected terrorists under a program called Secure Flight. The program would require airlines to send passenger lists to the TSA 72 hours before flights' scheduled departures to give the agency time to check for matches to the no-fly list. DHS says the program, which could be rolled out early next year, would help solve some problems that currently plague the no-fly list.
The Navy has canceled one of two contracts for General Dynamics to develop prototype ships in competition for the larger Littoral Combat Ship contract. The winner of the Littoral Combat Ship contractor could potentially land contracts worth tens of billions of dollars. Lockheed Martin is also producing a ship to compete for the contract.
House and Senate negotiators have agreed to increase funding for Navy shipbuilding while decreasing money spent on the Army's Future Combat System program. The FCS budget was cut by $200 million, while increased funding was approved for three Navy shipbuilding programs.
Northrop Grumman will provide radars and logistical support for the Air National Guard's AN/APN-241 program. The radars provide navigation and weather information for the service's C-130H and C-130J tactical airlift aircraft. The contracts are worth $13.5 million for the radar system and $6.6 million for the logistical support.
Foreign visitors are collectively deciding that coming to the U.S. is more trouble than it is worth, according to the Discover America campaign. "Since Sept. 11, 2001, the United States has experienced a 17% decline in overseas travel, costing America $94 billion in lost visitor spending, nearly 200,000 jobs and $16 billion in lost tax revenue," said Discover America. The group called on government officials to work with the private sector to make foreigners entering the country feel more welcome.