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Senators critical of Energy Department’s nuclear weapons spending

March 8, 2006 The Energy Department's $6.4 billion nuclear weapons maintenance and research programs may be wasteful, a congressional committee chairman said at a hearing Tuesday, indicating he might be considering a funding cut. Senate Armed Services Strategic Forces Subcommittee Chairman Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., told National Nuclear Security Administration chief Linton Brooks he ...

Report encourages Pentagon to focus more on homeland defense

January 25, 2006 The military needs increased focus on unconventional warfare and defense against nuclear and biological weapons, and less on developing certain advanced conventional weaponry, according to a report released Tuesday by a liberal think tank. "The United States' unmatched military technological superiority is no longer enough to guarantee that Americans will ...

Report: Annual missile defense spending could double in seven years

January 24, 2006 The annual cost of the Bush administration's missile defense plans could more than double to $19 billion by 2013, and total $247 billion from 2006 through fiscal 2024, according to a recent report. The report, "The Long-Term Implications of Current Defense Plans and Alternatives: Detailed Update for Fiscal Year 2006," ...

Vaccine treatment centers for military personnel partially funded

January 10, 2006 The U.S. Vaccine Healthcare Centers, which assess and help treat military personnel potentially sickened by biodefense vaccines, received specific congressional funding for the first time in this fiscal year. While helping to ensure their continuity, the funding is only $3 million of the $6 million sought, leaving the centers to ...

Defense Department helps secure former Soviet 'antiplague' sites

November 23, 2005 The Defense Department has been increasingly engaged in efforts to secure from proliferation dozens of former Soviet pathogen collection and research stations, a senior U.S. official said recently. Still, most of the "antiplague system" institutes and regional and field stations across 11 former Soviet states lack sufficient safety and security ...

Senate panel backs bill to create biodefense agency

October 19, 2005 A key Senate committee Tuesday approved legislation that would create a new agency to direct government biological defense research and provide several new types of incentives that proponents say would encourage more private sector investment into countermeasure production.The Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee approved by voice vote the Biodefense ...

CIA report offers fresh critiques of Iraq intelligence

October 14, 2005 A CIA-commissioned report made public this week offers some new conclusions of prewar U.S. intelligence on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, appearing to contradict findings by an earlier presidential panel. The 12-page declassified report, completed in July 2004 and published on the Internet Thursday in full by the National Security ...

Homeland Security again pushes upgrade to animal disease research facility

August 24, 2005 The United States is again considering upgrading the capabilities of the Plum Island Animal Disease Center for work on some of the deadliest diseases to humans, after retreating several times in recent years in the face of local and congressional opposition. The Homeland Security Department announced in a press release ...

Military vaccines trigger special treatment for 1,200

May 6, 2005 Approximately 1,200 U.S. military personnel who received vaccinations against biological agents during the past two years developed complex, in some cases debilitating, illnesses that were assessed or treated by a specialized network of clinics, according to figures released to Global Security Newswire by the Army and a review of some ...

Anthrax vaccine treatment funding remains uncertain

April 25, 2005 A Senate effort to ensure full funding of special U.S. military centers for treating soldiers suffering side effects from anthrax and other vaccinations failed last week, leaving open the question of whether the clinics will be fully funded in this fiscal year. Senate leaders negotiated away an amendment to the ...