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Gates moves to overhaul, boost military intelligence

January 7, 2011 In a little-noticed move, the plan by Defense Secretary Robert Gates to reorganize the Pentagon's budget includes an overhaul of military intelligence programs as well as increased spending on intelligence and surveillance capabilities. While the plan outlined by Gates on Thursday would cut $78 billion from the Pentagon's budget over ...

Congress faces series of homeland security decisions

January 7, 2011 While talk about improving the economy and fiscal responsibility is likely to dominate the early days of the new Congress, lawmakers and key congressional committees are also expected to address a handful of homeland security issues through legislation and hearings in the next few months. Indeed, House Homeland Security Committee ...

What critics call a ‘CRomnibus’ boosts security spending

December 8, 2010 Key agencies and programs within the Homeland Security Department would get most, if not all, of what they requested in fiscal year 2011 funding under the latest version of the stop-gap spending measure being considered in the House. A draft version of the continuing resolution now circulating in the House ...

DHS official: Cyber attacks against infrastructure on the rise

December 7, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. government is seeing a rise in cyber attacks aimed at taking over control systems that operate critical infrastructure, such as industrial facilities and pipelines, a senior Homeland Security Department official said Tuesday. "It's certainly a trend," Greg Schaffer, assistant secretary for the DHS Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, ...

Texan expresses confidence he'll win Armed Services contest

December 2, 2010 Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, Thursday said that he expects to be named the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee for the 112th Congress. Reyes, who is now chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, expressed confidence in a brief interview that he will be given the slot. He noted ...

TSA chief sees airline security as his paramount concern

November 23, 2010 John Pistole, the embattled head of the Transportation Security Administration, has targeted bad people who try to do bad things to Americans for nearly 27 years. But now, the man who ended a career in the FBI to take over TSA in June, finds himself a target of fierce public ...

TSA makes immediate changes to airline pilot screening

November 19, 2010 The Transportation Security Administration will be taking additional steps to streamline airport security procedures for pilots, who had objected to going through the advanced full-body imaging scanners or undergo what they viewed as invasive and unnecessary pat-downs, according to a pilot union executive and a soon-to-be-released agency announcement. According to ...

Panel faults agencies on notification of secret activities

November 19, 2010 An investigation led by Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee has concluded there were instances when U.S. intelligence officials did not keep lawmakers fully informed of covert spy activities, Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, said on Friday. "In several specific instances, certain individuals did not adhere to the ...

TSA, pilots weigh biometric system for airport screening

November 17, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Pilots who fly passenger and cargo planes want the U.S. government to implement a program under which their identities will be confirmed using biometrics so they can pass quickly through airport security checkpoints and avoid -- for the most part -- controversial screening procedures involving body scanners or pat-downs. Pilots ...

TSA, pilots weigh biometric system for airport screening

November 17, 2010 Pilots who fly passenger and cargo planes want the U.S. government to implement a program under which their identities will be confirmed using biometrics so they can pass quickly through airport security checkpoints and avoid -- for the most part -- controversial screening procedures involving body scanners or pat-downs. Pilots ...