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Bill makes DHS secretary eligible for presidential succession

House panel backs plan to place secretary of Homeland Security eighth in line to succeed president.

Homeland Security to expand biometric visitor tracking system

Critics say administration is moving too slowly on other border security initiatives.

Bird flu fears raise quarantine questions

President Bush has suggested a military-enforced quarantine in the event of a pandemic, but the idea gives others pause.

Air Force rejects benefits for 'Air America' employees

Pilots for CIA-run secret airline who flew clandestine missions in Southeast Asia had sought retirement benefits.

Base closures now face little opposition

Joint resolution disapproving independent base-closing commission's final recommendations attracts support of only a handful of House members.

After Katrina, Justice weighs changes to wireless communications upgrade

Solicitation for Integrated Wireless Network moves forward, but hurricane prompts review of requirements.

Concerns linger about plan to bring overseas-based troops home

An independent commission has raised questions about the Pentagon's effort to transform the military into a more expeditionary force based in the United States.

Mayors' group urges bigger military role in emergency response

U.S. Conference of Mayors also recommends "fixing" role of Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Bush to name first DHS preparedness chief

George Foresman currently serves as the Virginia governor's assistant for preparedness.

Defense authorization bill back on track

Democrats will have difficulty introducing provision on independent Katrina commission.