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Air Guard plan would limit Pentagon's proposed closures

Plan would allow every state to keep a flying mission.

D.C. train ban remains on hold while other cities efforts advance

Rail operator CSX and Transportation Department trying to have ban lifted.

DHS plans Web site to help identify transportation vulnerabilities

Free Web-based tool would allow transportation owners and operators to voluntarily assess system security and get feedback on improvements.

Pentagon defends environmental estimates for closing bases

Critics say cost of cleaning up shuttered military installations will cut deeply into estimated savings of closing bases.

Postal Service beefs up instruction on handling suspicious mail

Training will give employees exposure to more scenarios.

Maine lawmakers make last-ditch pitch to save Naval Air Base

Group argued that Brunswick Naval Air Station is vital to homeland defense.

Report cites increased risk of terrorist attack using chemicals

Congressional study outlines options for lawmakers, such as requiring chemical plant operators to have better protections.

Cost of Defense personnel reforms questioned

Unions say $158 million quoted cost is unrealistic.

Bush administration's TSA budget request faces steep cuts

House and Senate appropriators will meet in September to negotiate the final budget numbers before sending the bill to the president.

Homeland Security agency deploys ID tags in visitor forms

Forms for visitors will be embedded with tags containing a unique serial number linked to a database.