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Feds might pay National Guard homeland security costs

May 11, 2004 The federal government would pick up the tab for the National Guard's homeland security activities performed on the state and local level under a provision the House Armed Services Committee is considering as part of the fiscal 2005 defense authorization bill being marked up Wednesday. Armed Services Chairman Duncan Hunter,...

Senate panel backs 3.5 percent military pay raise

May 5, 2004 The Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee on Wednesday marked up its portion of the fiscal 2005 defense authorization bill, including a 3.5 percent pay raise for military service members and a provision asking the Pentagon to implement a health care program for National Guard and Reserve troops. The markup session,...

Key Democrat plans series of bills on homeland security

May 3, 2004 The top Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee begins this week to outline an ambitious campaign to improve homeland security by introducing a series of bills he would like written into a bill that would authorize various programs at the Homeland Security Department. The efforts by Rep. Jim Turner,...

House panel sets vote on protecting airplanes from missiles

April 28, 2004 A House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee on Thursday will take the first step toward requiring that commercial airliners be equipped with defenses against shoulder-fired missiles and toward reducing the number of those missiles in circulation. Florida Republican John Mica, chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Aviation Subcommittee, panel ranking Democrat...

Homeland Security creates independent research center

April 27, 2004 The Homeland Security Department has created a top-secret, independent research and analysis center staffed with science and technology experts to review security initiatives for the department and other government agencies. "This is a critical step that will ensure Homeland Security and other federal, state and local agencies working on issues...

House homeland panel chairman has modest agenda

April 27, 2004 As he seeks to write the first authorization bill for homeland security programs, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Christopher Cox, R-Calif., appears to favor a modest proposal without any significant initiatives that would cross into other House committees' turf and upset fellow Republican chairmen. "Chris assured me the panel would...

Transportation officials see tech innovations as essential

April 20, 2004 Top transportation officials on Tuesday told aviation executives the federal government needs innovative technology to bolster security. "Aviation research is something we can't do alone," Marion Blakey, who oversees the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), said during a speech at an air and space symposium sponsored by the American Institute of...

Officials may face tough questions about visa waivers

April 19, 2004 Secretary of State Collin Powell and Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge can expect hard-hitting questions when they testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday about their request to extend a looming security deadline for citizens from key foreign countries wishing to travel to the United States, a committee spokesman...

Panel developing infrastructure protection recommendations

April 14, 2004 Members of a White House advisory committee focused on protecting cyber and physical infrastructures are on track to finish a handful of reports -- and make recommendations to President Bush -- by the time of the panel's July meeting. The National Infrastructure Advisory Council, which consists of more than 100...

Pentagon plans 'network centric' education for leaders

April 12, 2004 The Pentagon plans to fund "network centric" education initiatives at military institutions in an effort to transform the armed services to fight in the information age. "Militaries around the world recognize that operating in the information age calls for robustly networked forces to share information and collaborate across time and...