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Justice Department slow to get anti-terrorism funding to states

April 24, 2002 In the last three fiscal years, only 23 of 56 states and other jurisdictions have received federal funds from a Justice Department program to supply biological, chemical and radiological response equipment for emergency officials. Only $68 million of the $145 million budgeted for the last two fiscal years and none ...

Homeland security office to unveil national strategy in June

April 11, 2002 The Office of Homeland Security is scheduled to present a national strategy on preparing the United States for terrorist attacks to President Bush in June, a Bush administration official said Wednesday. If approved by Bush, the strategy would provide a roadmap for the multitude of federal, state and local agencies ...

Feds could make bioterror 'impossible,' expert says

April 9, 2002 The United States could make it "impossible" for biological agents to be used as effective weapons of terror if the country spends $10 billion to $30 billion a year to revamp its ailing public health system, one of the nation's leading biological defense experts told Global Security Newswire yesterday. Tara ...

Nuclear security agency needs management improvements, panel says

March 29, 2002 National Nuclear Security Administration reorganization plans look good on paper but more needs to be done for the Energy Department agency to streamline operations and improve performance, according to a three-year study to be released soon. Management plans recently announced by NNSA Administrator John Gordon, a retired Air Force general, ...

'First responders' to terrorism seek federal strategy, equipment

March 6, 2002 A national training standard should be established and maintained by the federal government for first responders who are poorly prepared and equipped to recognize or respond to a weapon of mass destruction attack, emergency officials told a congressional subcommittee yesterday. The United States should also ensure that first responders possess ...

Transportation official says strike at U.S. port would ripple across globe

February 27, 2002 Handheld radiation detectors used to detect a nuclear bomb smuggled through a U.S. seaport might not be enough, and an attack with weapons of mass destruction at any U.S. port would wreak havoc on global commerce by halting shipping for four months, senior transportation officials told a Senate subcommittee Tuesday. ...

New agency aims to improve flow of anti-terror information

February 20, 2002 The Bush administration last week announced the creation of a new U.S. information agency designed to improve the flow of information among the various intelligence and law enforcement agencies involved in the war on terrorism. Details of the new agency remain scarce, but it is headed by former National Security ...

HHS begins sending out bioterrorism funds

February 15, 2002 The federal government began sending out 20 percent of the $1.1 billion in federal funding for state and local bioterrorism preparation for fiscal 2002, according to Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson. Hospitals, laboratories and first responders will begin to receive $220 million of the funds over the holiday ...

CIA, FBI developing intelligence supercomputer

February 12, 2002 After months of criticism that they do not work well together, the CIA and FBI have begun jointly developing a new supercomputer system designed to improve their ability to both cull and share information, White House and other U.S. officials told Global Security Newswire yesterday. Under a directive issued by ...

Bioterror expert criticizes CDC, NIH for poor communication

February 7, 2002 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health must drastically revamp the way they do business if they are to best utilize the record amounts of funds being poured into their bioterrorism programs, one of the nation's leading bioterrorism scholars said Wednesday. Both the CDC ...