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Secret Service coordinator in the eye of convention storm

Steve Hughes, the Secret Service's chief coordinator for GOP convention security, has spent 15 months preparing for the event.

Homeland Security officials defend student visitor system

As international students arrive in Washington, officials say Student and Exchange Visitor Information System balances efficiency, security.

TSA to debut revised pre-screening program early next year

New system aims to address privacy concerns raised by controversial CAPPS II effort.

Officials warn of potential attacks on VA hospitals

Such facilities may be “attractive targets” because of lower security than military bases, FBI and DHS warn.

Bush issues order boosting CIA director's authority

President also moves to create a national counterterrorism center and set guidelines for sharing intelligence among agencies.

Senators differ over Pentagon control of intelligence agencies

Top Democrat on Senate Intelligence Committee proposes split control of Defense intelligence organizations in times of war.

Border agency kicks off courtesy training

'Gentler, kinder' training program for customs and border personnel a waste of resources, labor unions say.

Pentagon developing system to protect buildings from bio, chem attacks

Program is slated for a demonstration in early 2006.

Lawmakers question security of DOE shipment of plutonium to France

Democrats, antinuclear groups say transport planned for next month could be vulnerable to terrorist attack.